In Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie the filmmakers have expanded their range enough to allow the feature to be in color — undoubtedly because they don’t want TV networks paying less to show it. But they’ve hit a fatal snag. The feature they selected happens to be a pretty good one — certainly much better than Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie by just about any criterion one could think of (story, pacing, dialogue, visual design, characterization, even acting).
Along with the modest budget afforded to a feature-film production came the infinite wisdom of Hollywood professionals who intended to make the garage-and-duct-tape origins of the show more palatable for the masses. The result was, suffice it to say, a buzz-kill: painfully watered down, soulless, and bastardized, reminiscent of the vegetable imposters of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, sans recognizable marks or identifiable feelings.