Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Directed by Jim Mallon
Writing credits Michael J. Nelson
Trace Beaulieu.... Crow T. Robot/Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson.... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon.... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy.... Tom Servo
Mike and the bots are forced to watch "This Island Earth". Dr. Forester wants to drive them insane with his bad movies. The movie plays and the MST guys make fun of it. Yeah, it's just like the show. Nothing wrong with that. If it ain't broke...
One of the reasons the TV show would be hit or miss depended a lot on the movie itself. Some of the movies were so unbelievably awful that it was hard to find any humor, ("Manos" was hard to watch but it had it's funny moments). There were always slow spots, even in the best ones. The MST movie works well because "This Island Earth" is not that bad a flick. Sure it's goofy 50's sci-fi but pretty good for its time period.
There are a lot of funny lines in this movie. "You remember...Shrinky-Dink." "Don't leave me alone with the Germans!!". The first 45 minutes had the best stuff. When the "Island Earth" movie moves into outer space, the laughs dim a bit. But overall it's pretty hilarious. If you liked the show, you'll like the movie.
SCORE: 3.5 out of 4 "I'm not an alien" Exeters
One last thought, if you liked this movie, check out the Gold Standard for MST shows, "Mitchell". Joe Don Baker is bashed without mercy. It's awesome. A buttery kind of awesome. You'll understand if you see it.
"Mitchell" SCORE: 4 out of 4 Baker bashings