I first saw the movie when it came out in 1997, and I was in 8th grade. I don’t know if it was my favorite movie immediately, but it is now, and I think it was when I started to imagine myself as a scientist that I really clung to the things in this movie. These were the aspects that stood out…
I. Ellie Arroway was the type of woman I wanted to be when I grew up. She’s independent and driven.
II. She had THIS guy in her bed, and the next morning she’s all like alright, I’ve got work to do, later.
III. She’s got taste.
IV. She is a badass confident woman who can hold her own.
“You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an “airplane,” you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it’s ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I’m asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history… of history.” Ellie Arroway
V. The beauty of the visuals and the story itself
“You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.” Alien