The Dish


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     I wasn’t even born yet when the monumental Apollo 11 moon landing happened in 1969. My parents have told me that during that historic day, everybody was watching it live on television. Millions upon millions of people around the globe anticipated what would be one of the greatest achievements of mankind. “The Dish” is the newest comedy from Down Under about a remote satellite in the outback of Australia that was integral to the Apollo mission. Since the moon landing was going to occur when the moon is facing their side of the world, the guys running the dish had the daunting task of picking up the television signals from the lunar surface and broadcast it back to Houston and to the rest of the world. Everybody knows by now that everything pretty much went well with the NASA mission, but the guys of the dish had more problems than they bargained for. Like other Aussie comedies in the likes of “Strictly Ballroom” and “Muriel’s Wedding”, “The Dish” introduces us to the wacky and endearing characters that liven up a small town. Most of the laughs come from their quirks, as their town becomes the center of international attention. There are lots of amusing moments, but unfortunately there’s a few that takes up too much screen time. Also, there are scenes that should have been more suspenseful (like when the dish loses power, and such), but they don’t quite get to the nail-biting level. However, the main reason to go see “The Dish” is to re-live the lunar landing. The film captures the heightened anticipation as Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins do their historic walk. There are lots of NASA footage that adds to the film’s realness. Every time they are shown, we can’t help but feel a sense of awe and admiration. “The Dish” is funny (but not THAT funny), has likable characters, and has an okay script, but its tact for combining humor and history is what won me over.

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