In the new film by Alex Taylor, Spaceship, a bright colorful world is surrounded by a dull lifeless reality. Seen through the eyes of the millennial punk movement, this film takes an eccentric journey through alien abductions and inner turmoil. Through this weird and beautiful film, the audience can find their path through peace. It’s an acid trip for your soul.
The duality of the psychedelic lifestyle of the youth and the dull painstaking slow world of adulthood is represented through our main characters, Lucidia (Alexa Davies) and her father Gabriel (Antti Reini). Frustrated with her life, Lucida wants to escape. Her wish seems to be answered by her alleged alien abduction. Gabriel returns from his archeological dig to begin to search for his daughter, and ends up joining forces with one of her eccentric friends Tegan (Lara Peake).
The obsession the teens have with aliens, the future, and the archeological career of the adults in the film, the past, compliments the world of duality expressed in the film. For most watching the film, the connection will be formed with the adults. Their day to day life may not be exciting, but it’s what we are comfortable with. However, seeing the freeness exhibited through Lucida and her friends becomes an object of envy. To live each day, moment to moment, is a luxury in today’s world.
For some, the psychedelic lifestyle may seem bizarre, with mix matched clothes and without boundaries. In reality, could it just be because we who judge are not free? To be able to be honest with the weirdo inside all of us and to let them breath is something we should all strive to be. It might not be wise to go as extreme as these teens do, but it opens the conversation within yourself about whether you are open enough to enjoy life.
This conversation could only happen because the acting exhibited in this film is fantastic. You become so transfixed with the story and these characters that you forget you are watching actors. The natural way they swirled through the storyline allowed the audience to fully dive into this new world and let the colors overtake them.
The story may be about Lucidia’s disappearance, but that doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t explore the people around her and their stories. With a taste of the people who inhabit this world, the storyline is infused with a path in and out of a wide range of personalities. At times the quick switch between all the characters can be disorienting, but not in a way that ruins the story.
There is an element of confusion below the surface, but that could be the point. In the world we live in on a daily basis, nothing is clear cut. There are hidden circumstances and traumas we deal with, and we live through these diversity of feelings, the quick change of attitudes. This is another way the film opens up contemplation within.
For a film to both start a conversation and confuse the audience at the same time is an impressive feat. The uniqueness of the Spaceship is refreshing, opening it up to a true cinematic experience. Taylor is an innovative director who blended the dream-like with the tedious.
Written by Lisa Mejia