When I picked up The Black Hole recently, I was very excited. I remembered enjoying this movie very much when it first came out. After watching this movie now with my 11 year old son, I couldn't help but scratch my head and wonder what exactly I liked about it. The special effects, for its time, are very good. The bad robot was creepy and the story, overall, was interesting if not overly predictable.
What bothers me about this movie is the complete lack of originality, except for the last few minutes. Cute little robots, one with a cowboy accent (built in Texas of course), large android-like soldiers (bad of course), all steal (not borrow) from Star Wars. Disney had such a chance to make a unique film, especially with the money they spent, and instead made an overtly derivative film with uninteresting and equally derivative characters.
There are some redeeming qualities - the concept behind the crew of the derelict ship, with their mirrored faces, and who they really are, the fine acting by Schell, but even his role was every old-scientist-gone-mad-on-deserted-planet character from 50's B-movies. The ending (last 5 minutes ONLY) was clever, but HOW they ended up there was just more unbelievable plot turns.
In general I love movies, and give them leniency when I can, but I can't with this one. As far as my 11-year old, in his words "It was OK, I guess." Pretty damning something that lackluster from someone his age.