“Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada.” So begins an adventure of galactic proportions in The Last Starfighter. After Earthling Alex (Lance Guest) conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited by alien Centauri (Robert Preston) to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park home for the outer regions of space, Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds – including Earth. Loaded with out-of-this-world bonus features and digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate video game fantasy come true!
Watching this in 2018, man what a corny flick with jarring CGI. It came out only a couple years after TRON and it really shows that while they were striving for something good, computer generated images simply weren’t ready to replace miniatures or practical effects. I applaud the effort though and because this movie is amazingly nostalgic for me (I don’t know why, I was two when it originally came out), so I can overlook any visual shortcomings it may have. The practical effects were actually pretty cool, I remember being freaked out by the Beta robot when it was growing it’s face, and Robert Preston stole every scene he was in.