I was never really a fan of the television show. Too cheesy for my tastes, really. So I was curious to see if the film adaptation would remain as cheesy.
At least, not intentionally.
Written by Akiva Goldsman, the hack who gave us the last two Batman movies, plus two Grisham adaptations and the current film Practical Magic, the Robinson family aren't campy any more: they're a phenomenal bore. Young Will (Jack Johnson) is the brains of the operation. You immediately know then that while the family may be OK eventually, the audience is screwed. Dad (William Hurt, looking really disinterested) is all business, Mom (Mimi Rogers) is just window dressing, the eldest daughter Judy (Heather Graham, yummy) is a babe, but blank, and the other daughter Penny (Lacey Chabert) is just a would-be punker. Add in a computer generated pet (whose sole purpose was to sell toys, to be sure) and a hunky pilot in Major Don West (Matt LeBlanc, not embarrassing himself like he did in Ed), a plot involving a giant spider-guy and alternate futures and things like that, and you'll start to see why I'd prefer something a little more faithful to the source material.
Oh, and Gary Oldman hams it up as the villain. That's a different role for him, don't you think?
It wouldn't be so bad (the effects are fair to above average), but the look of the film is just so dark. Had the movie been considerably brighter, there might have been more to it, but as is, there's too many greys, blues and blacks (and shades of those) to distinguish anything. I'd imagine the transfer to video is even worse.The robot (and the robot's voice) are right cool, though.