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1.0 out of 5 stars 5-4-3-2-1! All turkeys are go!, 5 Dec 2004
This review is from: Thunderbirds [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
As part of the generation that grew up with Gerry Anderson's TV shows - Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Joe 90- I came to this film with enthusiasm and high expectations. With every passing minute of this film, my enthusiasm waned and my expectations slumped. I sat agape as this rubbish unfolded before me.
Why is this film so bad? It is bad because it treats the TV series with utter -utter! - contempt. It abandons everything -everything! - that made the series such a delight. It abandons the highly distinctive and unique uniform of the Tracy brothers and replaces it for something "more modern," although to my eyes the "more modern" uniform came straight out of a 1930s Flash Gordon movie - i.e., people wrapped in tin foil.
It abandons the traditional non-violent plot line where there is a disaster "somewhere in the world" and only International Rescue can save the day. It is replaced with a hackneyed coming of age plot line.
It abandons the 60s retro of the original series, which is a major part of Thunderbird's appeal.
It abandons the main characters of Scott and Virgil and concentrates instead on peripheral characters, Gordon and TinTin, along with Brains' son, invented especially for this film.
They get every detail wrong. In the series, Gordon pilot's Thunderbird 4. Here, he is a student who has yet to become part of the Thunderbird team. Brains is no longer just absent minded, he is positively creepy. The publicity shy team of the series now craves attention from the world's media. Even the design of the Thunderbirds has been changed - surely the greatest sacrilege of the film!
It is as if the scriptwriter has never seen an episode of Thunderbirds in his life and has been told what it was all about by one of the producers over a drunken dinner.
This film is the pits! It is even worse that the last Star Wars monstrosity. You could have resurrected Orson Wells, put him in every scene, and Thunderbirds would still stink! It is beyond redemption. The one star is for Vanessa Anne Hudgens who has the looks and the talent to go far, although she will have to start selecting her material with a bit more care.
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2008 16:16:43 GMT
Not Gordon, Alan!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2008 13:11:13 GMT
Penguin Egg says:
No. Alan piloted Thunderbird 3 - the space craft.
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