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watching: lost in space

There’s something about the premise of Lost in Space (itself an update of Swiss Family Robinson) that compels studios to relaunch the franchise every ten years or so, despite the expensive effort and often corny results. Netflix’s retelling is handsome and reasonably well-cast, but can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be a family-friendly adventure or something a bit murkier. As the former it’s pretty solid; the latter comes down to the superfluousness of Parker Posey’s villain—who, in a story filled with plenty of natural obstacles and conflicts, comes across as an irritating distraction from the main action. (I enjoyed all the Iron Giant stuff with the little boy and the robot though.)

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