Dark Star (1974)
Critic Consensus: A loopy 2001 satire, Dark Star may not be the most consistent sci-fi comedy, but its portrayal of human eccentricity is a welcome addition to the genre.
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Critic Reviews for Dark Star
By introducing human eccentricities into the cold structure of SF, Carpenter creates a vision of the technological future that is both disillusioned and oddly affirmative in its insistence on the unscientific survival of emotional frailty.
The dim comedy consists of sophomoric notations and mistimed one-liners.
There are some funny routines here, though Mr. Carpenter doesn't seem to have cared much about integrating or sustaining them.
A berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds.
Audience Reviews for Dark Star
I suppose it would have been entertaining for its time (despite Star Wars) and I did find it a slow but thoughtful and interesting piece. I can see the similarities between this and 2001 which is not a bad thing. It was well thought out and had some great comedy moments (intended or not). A good watch but not something you could view again and again.
Probably the best space satire featuring a crazed beach ball. Loved the ending.
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