Arts Polish Astronauts
posted by February 27 at 16:00 PMon
From Brad Steinbacher’s short review of The Astronaut Farmer, a movie I decided to read about because I will never watch it:
Billy Bob Thornton plays a farmer named (this is going to sting) Charles Farmer, who years ago was forced to abandon his dreams of being an astronaut in order to rescue his family’s acreage from foreclosure. Now happily married and the father of two, Farmer spends his every free moment chasing his longtime dream of making it into space. Which means building his own Apollo-mission-style rocket in the family barn—a plan that goes smoothly (if preposterously) until he runs afoul of the USA PATRIOT Act while searching for rocket fuel.
Two things worth considering. One, the only accomplishment that the twins behind this awful film, the Polish brothers, can honestly claim is this: they tricked several film critics into believing that a good amount of imagination went into their first film, Twin Falls Idaho (1999). If film critics had executed the twins at that vulnerable moment, the moment they were born, the moment they needed good reviews to survive, then we would not be dealing with this Astronaut Farmer nonsense. But there is good news for us and bad news for the twin’s investors. Thanks to Lisa Nowak’s lovesickness, astronauts are no longer the stuff of magic and dreams. Nowak brought them down to earth and removed the halos from their helmets. Now we are forever certain that no amount of stars, galactic clouds, shimmering rocket equipment can tear apart the animal from the human.