Once humanity viewed the moon as an entity of great distance, a shining curiosity that lingers underneath us of the possibilities that it may present for us. It was the only clear symbol that shines before us that stimulates ideas of exploration and magic, there was a time when astrology was yet to be considered concrete science, with most scientists considering more of what is to be explored and defined within our own planet. Now at 2015, we have finally seen and accepted beyond our capable vision, the moon and our planet acts as a dot in a large and ever expanding canvas, and the potential for exploration has further grown in ambitious; along with this, our imaginations continue to expand parallel with humanity’s exploration, to the point where our thrilling fictions of space endeavors would become a promising reality.
A Trip to the Moon is a film of its period, where understanding is yet limited of the lunar surface, and instead assembled and populated by our imagination; Georges Melies was a dreamer with an expansive and creative imagination, utilizing them at the best of his ability through the craft of cinema, pushing its boundaries through the usage of at-the-time cutting edge effects and set design, and the colouring of each frame individually manually by hand. It may not stimulate me the same way as the films of late, where immersion is far greater and are thematically richer in its narrative; A Trip to the Moon does however remains interesting and culturally relevant, a work of a master whose been lost and neglected for much of the years that succeeded their creation, now restored and preserve for future generations to experience.
Explorers and astronomers have finally developed a device that would send them to the moon; controversy arises in their hall, as the proposition is being explored, cynical individuals who raise their voices at the preposterous and impossible idea. Despite this, the majority has favoured the idea and has taken the daring trip. It was there they find life, not of the kind that shows welcome and love; hostility has forced them to be elusive and flee back to their home. They return as heroes to the community, hoping to share the findings with the world, though rejoiced, I doubt they would return. The film works overall due to its ability to capture a distinct time period of humanity’s mindset, the motivation to reach for something that was at-the-time impossible.
A Trip to the Moon reminds us of how far we could push the boundaries of a medium, and through it finding our distinct voice; it is only truly through striving for originality that one’s work would remain timeless, and Georges Melies is undoubtedly timeless.