October Sky tells the real life story of Homer Hickam and the Rocket Boys who, as young boys in a coal mining town, have few prospects of higher education or noteworthy careers. When Russia's Sputnik satellite sparks Homer's interest in rocketry, an inspirational journey begins to take flight. (Did you see what I did there with the rocket pun? 😁)
Other Reasons to Watch:
- Soundtrack: While the soundtrack on the whole isn't particularly special, the main theme is fitting and effectively complements the spectacular flight of the rockets throughout the film.
- See a Young Jake Gyllenhaal: Before he was in Spider-man: Far From Home and Prince of Persia, he played a young country boy in October Sky. While not an Oscar-worthy performance, he certainly does the young Homer Hickam justice, as does Chris Cooper who plays his stern, yet kind-hearted father.
- Visual Storytelling: The theme of looking up to the sky, rather than descending into the coal mines as a metaphor for following your dreams was visually communicated throughout the movie and a powerful subliminal and visual method of portraying one of the main messages of the film.
- Contentious Home Life & Language: There is an above average amount of language for a PG movie, which is certainly realistic, but still a bit jarring at times. A contributing factor is the consistent arguments that Homer and his father have due to their opposing perspectives on life.