Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers (1997) - IMDb

This was my first time watching Starship Troopers in years. I saw that it was leaving the Starz app and thought that I would give it a watch. This is also the first time watching the movie since I heard a story about a guy I know that involves the movie and I will leave it at that and won’t embarrass him for a certain subset of the internet. This is also the first time that I’ve watched Starship Troopers around the same time as Robocop.

The fact that both Starship Troopers and Robocop were directed by Paul Verhoeven is pretty evident when you see them in a close timeframe. That also works since Edward Neumeier is also the writer for both movies. The same satire that Verhoeven and Neumeier used in Robocop he uses again in Starship Troopers and it’s interesting how it works for the different things being satirized. The satire in Troopers feels a bit more heavy handed but that could just be how society has progressed since then.

The cast is kind of a snapshot of the time, or at least the main cast does. Starship Troopers stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside, and Seth Gilliam. This was the first thing that I remember seeing Neil Patrick Harris in after Doogie Howser for the longest time. This might have killed his movie career for several years. This is one of the few heroic roles I’ve seen Michael Ironside play. That might work towards the satire.

The bugs were designed by Phil Tippet, and you can tell because the designs for the different bugs are so dynamic. There was a combination of practical and CG effects used for the bugs. Basil Poledouris did the music for the movie. It has a similar sound to his score for Robocop which adds even more to the similarity between the two movies.

Starship Troopers is a fun satire that was unfairly torn apart when it was originally released. While it wasn’t that well received by critics it was popular enough to get four sequels as well as an animated series. The movie took what was in the original Robert Heinlein book and ramped it up to the Nth degree. I give Starship Troopers 8 communal showers out of 10.

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