0001: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

A Trip to the Moon

This is an old review, for the re-review, click here

Rating: 9.5/10

I’m not going in any order whatsoever, but since this movie is less than 15 minutes long and completely free from copyright laws so I can watch it on YouTube, what the hell?

Anyway, this was a very enjoyable film. The movie is about a group of people as they journey to the moon where things are covered in giant mushrooms and weird lizard people seem to live. The version I watched was, like I said before, on YouTube but there are a lot of versions, all with completely different scores to accompany them and in various levels of disrepair, so you might want to shop around before you buy. This version was a good one though, colorized and with a score that was very upbeat. That’s important as it’s a very whimsical movie and the first version I started watching was in Black and White with a very somber musical accompaniment, which doesn’t fit this movie at all. I’m not sure which one is more correct to the original, or if there is a surviving original score. I KNOW NOTHING! But, given the choice, I’d definitely pick the one with a score that actually fits the film. Also, the colorized version seemed much more fun just from the color, yeah, go with the color.

Even though I’m sure many conspiracy theorists will say this film is obviously predictive programming to prepare us for the fake moon landing more than 60 years later, I think as a fantasy movie, this is a very fun short film that you won’t mind the fact that you’re watching a silent film. The only thing I didn’t like, being that we live in modern times where we all know what kind of life would survive on the moon (hint: it wouldn’t) so that took me out of it a bit, though I can forgive them getting to the moon by riding in a giant bullet that is then shot out of a cannon, if only because it leads into that now famous shooting the man in the moon in the eye scene. I know you might think this is being a little nit-picky and “they didn’t know better” or something, but they did, and we do, so when you get shot to the moon I promise, no matter what those conspiracy people might tell you, there are not lizard people on giant mushrooms up there.

Why I think this movie is on the list: Truthfully, I think this movie was probably added later after the movie Hugo was released (The numbering is chronological and this is the oldest movie on the list). I’m glad it was added either way, it shows some real creativity with the art form when it was still first getting started. I’m not a film historian but I’m pretty sure the American equivalent at the time was a video someone made of a train ride where there are no characters or action, outside of a train moving. Exciting stuff for the time though, moving pictures on screen! Meanwhile, in France, some real art was being made.

If you want to watch this film in its entirety, here’s the link to the one I watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_KOpg-zNjA

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