“ Independence Day ” (1996)
Was there any question? In terms of late-nineties summer movie spectacle, “Independence Day” isn’t just essential, it’s definitive. So much of “Independence Day” has been burned into an entire generation’s collective consciousness: the giant spaceships hovering above major cities, inspiring both hushed awe and genuine dread; the way that Will Smith , as a cocky fighter pilot, punched an evil alien that had crash-landed on earth; the White House being blown to smithereens; the final dogfight between human and alien forces; the sensation that, as the . song (quoted in the movie) stated, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine. It’s all there. Between the impeccable cast (led by Jeff Goldblum and Smith), the groundbreaking special effects that combined beautiful old school models with cutting edge computer-generated effects, and its plucky earnestness (a hallmark of Emmerich’s, obviously), “Independence Day” was a big dumb studio blockbuster that almost instantly became a nutzo classic (keep in mind that a large swath of the movie takes place at Area 51, where it’s lorded over by a deranged version of Data from “ Star Trek: The Next Generation “). There’s a reason that there are countless YouTube videos, every year, of people reciting Bill Pullman ‘s rousing speech from the climax of “Independence Day,” on Independence Day . It’s a yearly tradition for most to watch “Independence Day” on or around July 4 th and it’s not a tradition that people aren’t looking forward to, either. It’s endurance is truly staggering. The fact that concrete plans have been set down for a sequel, to be released in 2015, is cause for both excitement and worry. After all, how could anything, even a sequel, hope to out-dazzle the original “Independence Day?” That seems like an almost cosmic challenge. But with Emmerich and Devlin re-teaming for the first time in almost a decade, it sounds like they’re up for it. Hopefully the new “Independence Day” will be one worth celebrating, too. [B+]
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