5.3 Critical Response (Final Draft)
The story told in Joe Johnson's film October Sky (1999) is a beautiful one and a true one. I was really enthusiastic to watch this movie, because I love to watch movies based on true stories. I find they teach us many lesson through their experiences. The four teenage boys Homer Hickam, Quentin Wilson, Roy Lee Cooke, and Sherman O'Dell are very devoted to fulfill their dream of rocketry. The boys are first inspired by the Sputnik 1, the first satellite launched into the earth's orbit. But everyone in the town of Coalwood is destined to become coal-miners, unless they are lucky enough to get a football scholarship. To everyone coal-mining was Homer's only future, just like his father. Homer and his friends fearlessly begin learning how to build rockets and testing them. The whole town is not behind them and believe they're wasting their time, especially Homer's father John Hickam. The only one who strongly supports them is their teacher, Miss. Riley. She tells them that they can contend in The National Science Fair. The prize being college scholarships. By examining their experience you learn a lot about striving to achieve a goal, no matter what the odds.
Homer has always rebelled against the coalmine and his fathers wiches. He is very hopeful for his dream of doing rocket science and won't stop until he reaches it. He cares a lot for his family and the people around him, especially Miss. Riley. When Homer's father got injured and couldn't work in the mine temporarily, Homer understood that he had to give up his dream and work in his father's place. But it is until Miss. Riley grow sick and Homer visits her, then she tells him "Sometime you really can't listen to what anybody else says, you just got to listen inside." His ambition is renewed. Homer leaves the mine and continues to go into The National Science Fair, he get excepted. He ends up winning the gold metal, and he and his friends all earn scholarships.
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