this is another of those movies that will never be anything less than fond reminiscence, regardless of how good it is. watching this again made me think of my raleigh pacer, transformer bean-bag and 'repainting' all my toy trucks and cars with a black permanent marker to make them into a racing team.
quite by chance it is also a brilliant film, for me beating E.T. to a bloody pulp.
it reeks of spielberg's influence, from the best of his 80's hey-day. the ship design is unsurpassed originality and the MAX character holds the entire of 1980's america in a few perfect quotes. doood.