NOTE: I haven't seen 1 episode of the puppet TV series...but that only
stopped me from being biased against the movie, not from disliking it.
I enjoyed the actors, most of the characters were OK, the visual
effects were fine. There was only 1 problem w/this movie - but it was a
big 1: the plot. I worried there wouldn't be much left to get after the
lengthy ads that gave so much (even minute details that were barely
mentioned in the movie) away & the little bit the box added. Still, I
was intrigued by a movie of rescue missions & cunning villains. Turned
out I was right, they gave away WAY too much of the plot for there to
be ANY major surprises left, & the movie was so guessable I was bored.
Wait - not true, that wasn't the whole problem. Boredom hit w/the
weirdness of events. Before I touch that, I'll sum it up: Left at home
as usual, Alan Tracy gets to prove his worth when the Hood traps his
father & brothers in space (by rescuing John, whose craft he launched a
missile at for bait) & his friends' Fermat's & Tintin's families on
Tracy Island. After escaping, the 3 must stop the Hood from using the 3
crafts still on Tracy Island as bank-robbing devices. What saves my
score being lower are lines that sometimes made me laugh. I needed to -
I was bored & impatient because of everything else. The Tracys are
trapped through most of the movie so Alan & the others can be shown as
heroes, true enough. Still, they were shoved into the background the
whole time! I barely caught all the names, & only recognize John. We
should have met them at the beginning to know them! The story was odd -
instead of outsmarting the Hood, the heroes are discovered right away,
forced to make a (extremely long) run from the Hood's gang before they
can actually do anything, & are trapped at least once, in a freezer
w/their families (if I forget another time, sorry - I tend to forget
the plot of boring movies). The climax scene wasn't the rescue that
happened too fast to be impressive; we were stuck w/battling the Hood,
who was already in the process of robbing the Bank of London. The only
amazing thing about that is they couldn't get there faster. Also, I
didn't mind Parker or Lady Penelope (much) but was disgusted that they
had to assist the rescuing/fighting process. If the movie focused on
the kids as the heroes, why did they need help?! If Alan had the
thought that taking on an important rescue like this would get him to
be a Thunderbird (bet he did), that was a mistake - he should have held
his breath for getting it next year, after he made up the days he spent
daydreaming in school. The only things I didn't see coming in this
movie were: the Hood was Tintin's uncle, exactly how he trapped the
Tracys, the gift of telepathy & its side-effect of weakness, & of
course the villain's fate at the end was a surprise. Everything else -
yes, even the ending, was predictable, either by what I'd heard
beforehand about the movie, or events building up to it. How can
something look so exciting yet be so dull? Let me know if you can think
of the answer, but just know - it's possible, this succeeded
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So much potential, so sadly wasted
Perhaps it's because I really want to see a decent interpretation of the
central Thunderbirds idea that I can watch without wincing, but I find I
can't really condemn this film.
It's bad. Let's make no mistake about that. It's really bad. The 'plot'
is trite, clearly aimed directly at children with no thought for the
millions of adults who loved the series. The acting is generally awful,
despite the talent signed up - I'm afraid I have to put that down to
direction. The dialogue is stilted and forced, the pacing is terrible, the
'characters' are simply dreadful. It's a bad film.
But of course, we've already heard all that. So how about what's
The FX were, unsurprisingly, adequate. The subtle redesign of the
Thunderbirds themselves was very nicely executed, with a good blend of '00s
modernism and the original '60s flashiness that we all loved. The inner
workings of Tracy Island were very well done, though I wish we could've seen
more of it. All in all, the general feel of the rescue scenes was
excellent. If only they could've done the same for the rest of
The only other bright spot in the production was the due of Lady Penelope
and Parker. They really seemed to 'get' the spirit of their
So, advice for the sequels:
1) Get some real characters.
2) Get a plot that makes a little bit of sense.
3) Let the actors *act*!
4) Get rid of Tintin-Sue and give the girl some flaws (this could come under
point 1, but it was so glaring I felt it deserved an entry of its
5) Get a director, producer and writer who were fans of the series. Get
some people who *understood* the series.
6) Try to remember that sitting in the cockpit of TB1 while the bad guy is
still at large is NOT the time for a big father-son heart-to-heart talk.
Save that rubbish for a more appropriate time.
And definitely 7) get a sponsor that isn't going to paste "FORD!!!!!!" over
every single vehicle in the film. I'm surprised we didn't see a
"FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" sticker on any of the Thunderbirds.
Shrek and Harry Potter have both shown quite clearly that a story aimed at
children doesn't have to appeal exclusively to children, and that a story
aimed at both children and adults can be extremely effective and successful.
If ever there was a candidate for the same treatment, surely it's
Thunderbirds, which a child-pleasing action-based ethos as well as a huge
adult fanbase already in place..