Space Movies haven’t been a very popular genre in Indian Cinema as they require huge budgets. The International Cinema has seen many and in fact, filmmakers tend to come up with one every year. Few last for long and few, we forget immediately. Here are some of the best space movies from Indian Cinema and Foreign Cinema as well.
Indian Space Movies
Kalai Arasi (1963)
With stars like MG Ramachandran, P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna A. Kasilingam directed what can be called India’s first space drama. Even though film became a hit it couldn’t spark many others to try the sci-fi and space drama genre. The knowledge that Indian audience were unaware of scientific advances, might have contributed to the producers staying away from investing too much into one film, back then.
Chand Par Chandayee (1967)
T.P. Sundaram with Dara Singh as a lead tried to make a space drama in 1967. The movie was also produced and directed by him. Not many know about the film and it got lost in the archives because the movie going audiences in India were not fully aware of scientific advances in Space back then.
Telugu films never tried Space dramas. The first Telugu film Antariksham seemed a bit too serious for the subject it was dealing with. Oherwise, the movie could have easily made Space Dramas a viable Telugu Cinema blockbuster genre too. The efforts of the team in presenting the movie as a humane drama were appreciable. You can always watch the movie for the drama.
Tik Tik Tik
Tik Tik Tik comes under Space dramas that are so bad that we can laugh and enjoy. Movie goes overboard with everything and makes space travel look like a joke. Still the kind of effort the team has put in to make the film, deserves an applause and one laugh out loud watch too.
Mission Mangal could be only blockbuster from Indian Cinema to deliver on the promise of an engaging and satisfying space drama. Even though makers tried to make a mission to mars as triumph of India while it is triumph for entire humanity, we can enjoy the material and get the idea behind making it more commercially viable. Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar make the movie worthy watch.
International Space Movies
2001 Space Odyssey
The movie is an absolute classic. It made many reimagine the screenolsy structures and editing patterns as well. Stanley Kubrick dared to go beyond the conventional wisdom in 1969 and the film created space genre in sci-fi films in Hollywood as blockbuster entertainment. Today, we have many but this is one of the first films that revolutionized the camera technology and standards of filmmaking.
Martian gets the facts right. Martian gets the imagination right and Martian lands the humour as well. The third act might seem a bit too dramatic but the science holds, structure holds and the point holds as well. It is one of the best imaginative sci-fi dramas, we have ever seen. Ridley Scott proved that he is a master of imagination when it comes to blending science with drama.
This film is far behind comprehension for popcorn friendly genre audiences. It asks questions about existence while delivering a visual spectacle like never before. Denis Villeneuve proved that he is a crafty person when it comes to holding your interest without blasts and heavy melodrama and just with his imagination. His definitive style and eye add to the spectacle.
Alien (Series Include Prometheus)
Alien series of films introduced Space Horror genre in Films. We can imagine any kind of huge disasters happening to us on space missions after watching the film. Movie gave nightmares to many when it first released. Then as a series too it held up well as blockbuster entertainment. Ridley Scott took the filmmaking to another level with his imagination in the original and Prometheus, as well.
Space Horror Dramas have never felt so realistic than Gravity. Even though movie finding it difficult to rake in new supporters lately, but the kind of human struggle story it narrates after an accident in a place where survival is difficult makes the film, a must watch. Sandra Bullock’s performance is one more reason too.
The Hitchhikers Guide to Galaxy
Garth Jennings decided to bring the children novels to big screen. Film couldn’t become the biggest hit that needed for it to spring up a franchise but it remains a very good entertainer. If you want your children to take a liking towards science, you can go for this film.
Movie is one of the most popular space dramas ever in history of Cinema. It will remain so too. The way the movie has aged well with audiences and built a crowd for itself is absoultely phenomenal. Upon release many did not understand the climax but now there are far more defenders about the climax than who hate it.
Star Wars (Series)
Star Wars made the Space movie genre an imaginative story telling place. People love the films as they allow us to imagine anything we absolutely can. It has given hope to writers and even film makers that their best efforts to craft a big story will never go unnoticed.
Man could walk on Moon. Man could travel into the space and come back unharmed. The thing that was only possible in imagination and dreams became a reality. Today, many desire to live on Mars and Moon because of Apollo missions and particularly the success of Apollo 13. Now, we hope to travel again into the space but to Mars and come back unharmed. If you want to know what happened on Apollo missions and how we succeded, this film is for you.
Can a space drama can get more emotional and ask existential questions than this film? One doubts if that is ever being possible. The movie takes our mythologies adds latest technology to the humane drama and delivers an imaginative visual spectacle. James Cameron might take few more years to come up with sequels but if they can be as emotionally satisfying as this one, people might end up making each one highest grosser of all-time from the franchise.
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