My daughter and I were the only ones in the theater, which may well say more about the movie than anything I write here.
Inexplicably, Bill Paxton continues to have an acting career, being the title star in this movie. Please don’t misunderstand, I like him, but it baffles me that he’s a star actor. He’s the US version of Michael Caine; he’s the same in every role, every movie. I like him, and I’d like to have a beer with him, but I don’t get it.
I agree with Alwin that there was a heck of a lot of acting namepower in the movie, in my opinion largely wasted. This is not the Thunderbirds I remember, this is the Thunderbirds legacy and gadgets hijacked into Spy Kids in Space. Jeff Tracy would never have stood by watching an adolescent fight evil (even Ben Kingsley evil, which is evil with style).
Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyable, but don’t expect the Thunderbirds of old. The graphics are excellent, and it’s an enjoyable diversion. Expect sequels, as the arch-nemesis wasn’t destroyed, merely incarcerated.