I finally got around to seeing Disney's "The Black Hole." This 1979 film was the first film Disney made and distributed that wasn't G-rated. (They distributed a film that was PG before this. But that film wasn't made by Disney.)
So what did I think?
I understand why it wasn't a hit like "Star Wars."
The biggest problem is Yvette Mimieux's character. I'm not calling out her acting, I'm calling out the writing. She's a bit old for a Daddy complex and that's before you factor in that Carrie Fisher's already kicked butt in "Star Wars" and "Empire Strikes Back" by the time "The Black Hole" shows up.
She's like Jodie Foster in "Contact" if they hadn't given the character anything but the Daddy issues.
She is part of a crew -- Joseph Bottoms, Robert Forster, Anthony Perkins and Ernest Borgnine -- who come across another ship. It's her father's ship!
Now he's dead. And when they get on and she finally learns he is dead, the writers forget to write a scene. She finds it out at the same time she finds out other things and none of them ever really get acknowledged.
The next biggest problem?
He and Roddy McDowall voice robots in the film. McDowall's robot is newer. There are times when Picken is very funny. There are other times when he's irritating because of what's going on around them and you're not wanting to laugh.
It had promise.
It is worth seeing.
But it's not a great film.
If you haven't seen the film and don't want the ending spoiled, stop reading here.
You continued so here goes, what the heck is that traveling through the black hole? Are they going through heaven and hell? If so, are they gods now? What is going on? That ending makes no sense and I'm sure it hurt the film -- not because it didn't make sense but because parts of it are too scary for kids.
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