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The Female Perspective: Independence Day

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INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection
INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection

I decided that for today’s blog post I would have a little fun. No talks about feminism or online bullying, nothing about inequality. Let’s just talk about a great movie that’s so bad, it’s awesome. You may disagree and I welcome your thoughts but for the sake of this being my blog, I’m going to go ahead and proclaim my love for the cheese-fest that is Independence Day. If you haven’t seen it yet stop reading, there are spoilers ahead! And seriously, go watch it!

Released in 1996 (the year I graduated High School, so what? Five years ago?), I was instantly a fan of this epic disaster movie. I mean, how could you not be with a synopsis like this:

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. ~IMDB

That right there sells the movie for me- then again, I often have peculiar taste in movies (check out the Trailer Snark blogs for an example of this. I often disagree with my colleagues.) but then again, I also think that movies should be fun. We don’t always have to go see the newest, most depressing film about a kitten with cancer who makes his way across the country, trying to get back to his family that abandoned him, only to be run over by a car at the end of the movie. Does that sound fun? Not so much!!!  Sometimes it’s fun to go to a movie and see something so stupid, so over the top and so preposterous that you can’t help but laugh, set aside reality for a couple of hours and go along for the ride.

They'll save us ALL!
They’ll save us ALL!

That’s where Independence Day comes in. Starring Will Smith, Jeff (freakin’) Goldblum and lots of other fun people, it is a movie about alien’s invading over the 4th of July holiday. Yep. That’s it. End of story. Oh yeah, and of course, Smith and Goldblum have to save the planet! I honestly don’t see how it can get any better than this.

I am a big fan of Roland Emmerich’s movies, his disaster flicks seriously make my day. I mean, how can you not feel alive after watching The Day After Tomorrow or 2012? For pete’s sake, John Cusack jumps a WINNEBAGO over a CREVASSE in 2012– that is just pure genius if you ask me. 

I digress…let’s get back to the joy that is Independence Day. The aliens have begun their invasion, people are equal parts panicking, evacuating and getting excited to meet the aliens (that poor woman never stood a chance) and meanwhile we have Vivica A. Fox stripping and trying to find shelter on a military base with her man Will Smith with her son and doggie in tow. It’s a recipe for success if you ask me. People go on journey’s, people die (seriously when Mrs. President dies, it brings a tear to my eye, I can’t lie) and people triumph over the horrible aliens.

Eventually, we figure out what the aliens want and we find out from none other than this guy:

Brent Spiner as the Doctor who explains it all.
Brent Spiner as the Doctor who explains it all.

I would trust that guy, wouldn’t you? In case you don’t know that is Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun (what a fantastic name) and he is just as crazy as he looks. He loves these aliens, finds them amazingly and endlessly fascinating and ultimately, he pays the biggest price possible for that love. He gets used as a hand puppet and dies. Which I still get bummed out about because he was SUCH a weirdo and I do love me some weirdos.

Moving on…

The fact is, I could summarize the movie for you or you could go see it yourself. It’s a blast to watch and a perfect flick for the upcoming holiday. More than anything it showcases the human spirit, how we won’t go down without a fight and that if all else fails, call on Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, they’ll save us with cigars and laughter.

Don't worry, Will Smith knows what to do.
Don’t worry, Will Smith knows what to do.

And if all fails, get John Cusack, a Winnebago and a full tank of gas.

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What do you think? What’s one of your fave summer/holiday flicks to watch? Tell me all about it!