YMMV / The Black Hole

  • Actor Allusion: Alex Durant, played by Anthony Perkins, gets slashed to death by Maximilian's blades. Perkins is immortalized for the role of Norman Bates.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Maximillian abandon Dr. Reinhardt at the end, or did he just not have the ability to send the elevator back up? Either is possible for such a cold and murderous machine.
    • Another possibility is that Reinhardt already gave him orders to stop the heroes, and he can't help Reinhardt until he completes the task he was already given. Of course, he then drops that task entirely to fight V.I.N.C.E.N.T..
    • For that matter, Reinhardt mutters "protect me from Maximillian" at one point; he may just be trying to play the sympathy card on Kate, or Max may really be the one in charge.
  • Awesome Music: Say what you like about the movie, but John Barry's Bond-meets-Lovecraft score is phenomenal.
  • Everybody Is Jesus in Purgatory: In the finale, we see Reinhardt merge with Maximilian in Hell and then we see a spirit heading for Heaven. Someone assumed that since Reinhardt had killed Frank McCrae for his own nefarious purposes, he's condemned to Hell in McCrae's place, and the spirit is actually McCrae's being redeemed.
    • The movie clearly owes more than a little to Forbidden Planet (a space crew encounters an arrogant bearded scientist with a secret who is the last survivor of a space expedition, and is now hanging out with a hulking robot he built), but the most thematically notable parallel is that Maximilian is Reinhardt's dark alter ego, his id monster—the robot is named after Reinhardt's actor, for goodness's sake. At the end, Maximilian merges with Reinhardt, and Reinhardt finds himself trapped inside his evil self in Hell.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • The ending may be more straightforward than we think. After all, assuming there is an afterlife, plunging into a black hole certainly will send you there, one way or another.
    • Rather coincidental that there'd be a funeral on the very day that the Palomino's crew arrived, isn't it? Maybe not: it's entirely possible that Reinhardt turned the murdered corpse of Frank McCrae into one of his automatons, then had the man's mindless shell destroyed when he realized Kate was among the new arrivals and might recognize her father's gait and posture.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The fact that the film was made to ride off the coattails of films like Star Wars, in light of the fact that Disney now owns the franchise in question.
    • The later film Event Horizon has some strong similarities in plot.
  • Special Effect Failure: The special effects are pretty good for the eranote , but there are a few mistakes:
    • The strings holding up the flying robots are very visible in some scenes (like BOB's first scene in parts storage).
    • The static cartoon google eyes that were glued onto the robots, which was an 11th hour change when the original eyes for them (a type of pixelated screens that would allow them a variety of expressions) failed to work on the first day of shooting.
    • In the funeral scene, the humanoid robots on the very edges of the room have the tops of their heads cut off by the matte painting of the room's walls as they walk out, which rather gives away where the set ends and the painting starts.
    • Some of the "meteors" are visibly transparent as they fly around the Cygnus.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: This was the first Disney movie to bear a PG rating. This trope ultimately led to the creation of Touchstone Pictures, to deal with more adult fare. Further, there was no PG-13 rating until 1984, meaning that PG included everything just short of being rated R (other films that were rated PG include Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (yes with the hearts getting ripped out) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (with the mind-controlling parasites that crawl in your ear and the murder victims hanging from the ceiling).

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