An alien (Jeff Bridges) crashes on Earth and takes the form of a recently deceased man. On seeing the image of her dead husband before her, widow Jenny (Karen Allen) is frightened. But eventually, Starman wins her trust — and her affection — and she agrees to help him return to his home planet.
Director: John Carpenter
STC Genre: Golden Fleece (Buddy – or more precisely Love Fleece)
- “Road” – literally a road trip
- “Team” – Jenny
- “Prize” – obviously, his return home, plus the baby for the woman. However, the real turn on the prize is Jeff’s experience of being alive much more than many other species around the Universe.
I think it’s a great idea and a quite well done story, except maybe for the ending. I feel they let them escape a tad too easy. In fact, so easy that it felt somehow unsatisfying, despite all the suspense, dangers and twists along the way. A good lesson here – give the viewer an emotional orgasm (here, I said it!), pump it up all the way to the end, don’t let them off the hook until everything is truly seems to be lost with no way out, and only then let the hero find a solution. Make him a hero. That’s what we want, after all.
Another point – who’s the main hero here? I personally think it’s Jeff the Alien. The acid test is: who changes the most by the journey? Both of them do, obviously, but the Alien had the longest way to go.
By the way, the B story here is an actual love story. Cute, right?