How entertaining? ★★☆☆☆
Thought provoking? ★☆☆☆☆
17 June 2012
This article is a review of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 THE MOVIE.
“Shatner, Shatner, Shatner. He’s not in this one, think we’re safe.”
I’d heard of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE but didn’t know anything about it. The Blu-ray release of the 1996 spin-off movie from the television series is a perfect opportunity to dip my toe in the water, right? I’m not sure whether it’s a reflection of the quality of the show, but it’s certainly dampened my hunger in seeking out any more. A barely funny, interminable experience, whose only saving grace is the 74 minute runtime. Any longer, and the TV would’ve been switched off. I so far have never walked out on a film in the cinema; I have no such qualms with DVDs.
Basically what MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000: THE MOVIE is, is a sarcastic running commentary by three dudes (two of whom are robot puppets) on a film playing in the background. They make cinema and pop culture quips, which occasionally invoke a titter of amusement. Thrown into the mix is a dubious lack of political correctness, which is nowhere near the satire/thought-provoking end of such a spectrum. The film is projected on to a screen while the commentators are silhouetted below. The choice of derision is THIS ISLAND EARTH (1955), a sci-fi B picture, and the question is: what’s the point? It’s easy to slate such a slice of hokum. Though probably the rights owner of a more famous film would never allow it to be insulted so.
The flimsy context for the set-up is that a mad scientist has put a normal guy on a space station orbiting Earth; where the former forces the latter to watch terrible films, in order to hone a technique for world domination. The humour in these peripheral segments is so broad and direly played that I might have cringed with sympathy had they not been the ones subjecting me to the ordeal.