Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Black Hole (Potential Remake)


Mmm... could be interesting. The original was a big part of my childhood, along with Star Wars, Tron, and Star Trek II. It hasn't aged as well as those movies -- even Tron -- but there's a wonderful Gothic tone to the film that still holds up. I've always assumed that the original script was deemed too serious, too intense -- and the suits over at Disney added a bunch of, well, Disney bits in at the last minute. The film's tone is wildly uneven, most of the jokes fall flat, and V.I.N.C.E.N.T. the Robot is just plain annoying. And a woman who shares an ESP link with a robot? The fuck?

Still, the Cygnus feels more like a haunted house in space, the film's greatest success, which still makes it memorable to me today. The optical effects, production design, and John Barry's truly haunting score work together to provide a wonderful spooky vibe...when people aren't talking.

I hope the writers of the remake remember that this film is more of a ghost story, a haunted house movie, than a space opera like Star Wars, its most obvious influence. Few movies actually could be improved by a remake, and this is one of them.

And keep the ending, guys. It's a good one. I have no idea what happens... but it's a good one.

No comments: