One of the good ones.
Coming in 1999, Galaxy Quest is a perfect bridge between the cheesily earnest comedies of the 90s—winking at the viewer in a smart-alecky fashion—and the IP-flogging world we live in now. So while Quest foreshadows some of today’s tedious movie formula (the endless endings and expository crud), it’s charming and big-hearted enough to be pleasant in an old-school way.
It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.
Deeply sad, very funny, and real to the bone.
Rewatching Dog Day Afternoon in 2020, the political and cultural details give you whiplash. This is 50 years ago, but look at the movie’s concerns: the two-Americas problem, instant fame, transgender people, police overkill. All of these are handled by Lumet with his usual gentle, humanist touch, so the portrayal has aged without much issue.