Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Week 31: April 17th-23rd
Best Movies You’ve Never Seen Week
This feel-good family movie was based upon Homer H. Hickam Jr.'s 1998 autobiographical novel "Rocket Boys: A Memoir." Adapted for the screen by scriptwriter Lewis Colick and directed by Joe Johnston, it tells of how 17-year-old Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal) was inspired by the sight of Sputnik in October 1957 to pursue a hobby in building amateur rockets with his high-school classmates: Quentin Wilson (Chris Owen), Roy Lee Cooke (William Lee Scott) and Sherman O'Dell (Chad Lindberg).
Homer's father John Hickam (Chris Cooper) is the no-nonsense foreman of the Olga Mine in Coaltown, West Virginia. He thinks Homer's hobby is a dangerous waste of time.…