Watch Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
- 1 hr 13 min
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a science fiction comedy film that was released in 1996. The film is directed by Jim Mallon, and stars Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, and Jim Mallon himself. The movie is an adaptation of the popular television series of the same name, which began airing in 1988. The show followed a man named Joel Robinson (played by Nelson) who was trapped in space by an evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester (played by Beaulieu) and forced to watch bad movies while his captors monitored and ridiculed his reactions. In an effort to stay sane, Joel and his robot friends Crow T. Robot (Beaulieu) and Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) mocked the films with jokes and commentary. In the film version, the plot is essentially the same. Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo are still trapped in space, and are still forced to watch terrible films. However, the movie they are forced to watch is different from the series' usual fare of B-movies. This time, the trio is forced to watch a terrible sci-fi film called This Island Earth. As they watch the movie, Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo relentlessly mock the film with their signature brand of snarky humor. The jokes come fast and furious, ranging from silly puns to biting cultural critiques. The movie is almost as much about the three characters' reactions to the film as it is about the film itself. The film is shot in a unique way that is true to the show's low-budget roots. The robot characters are puppets, and the sets are made up of various odds and ends. Most of the film's action takes place in the ship's theater, which is little more than a few chairs and a screen. While the film's humor is certainly not for everyone, those who are fans of the series will likely find plenty to enjoy. The film stays true to the show's original concept, managing to capture the same offbeat, absurdist humor that made the series a cult hit. As for the performances, the three primary actors all give great comedic performances. Nelson, Beaulieu, and Mallon all have excellent chemistry, and their banter feels natural and unforced. The film's jokes are largely improvised, and the actors' quick wits and comedic timing are on full display. As for the film's central premise, it is interesting to note that it contains an element of metanarrative. The characters are trapped in a situation that is not unlike the one they were in when the show was being filmed. They are forced to watch a terrible movie and make fun of it as a way of coping. The film acknowledges the absurdity of its own premise, and uses that to add an extra layer of humor to the proceedings. All in all, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a fun and funny take on the B-movie genre. The film's humor is absurd and irreverent, and the actors all give excellent comedic performances. While the film may not be for everyone, those who are fans of the series are sure to love it. Fans of offbeat humor and cult classics will find plenty to enjoy here.