Today we’re talking about the 1999 film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.
At it’s core, this story is one that Disney and countless others have done a million times before and since, painted with a shiny sci-fi veneer.
It includes my most hated trope, parents who don’t believe their children.
The parents are frustrating and made me yell at the TV, but I enjoyed Zenon herself. She was confident, smart, amazingly lucky, and competent. Despite the overuse, I do like the competent child trope.
The dialogue is both fascinating and cringe-worthy. The made up slang mixed with turn of the millenium slang just really interests me. I like that they made sure to have seperate styles of slang for earth vs the space station. A lot more thought went into this than I would have thought.
Visuals and Music
The special effects were okay for the time period despite some major misunderstandings of physics. The costuming was clever and the music was ok.
The parents and adults being about as smart as rocks took some of the fun out of it for me. I enjoyed the main character and the other kids.
The movie is a fascinating time capsule of retro sci-fi that has a wonderful main character. Unfortunately, the entire story is overly dependent on the aggressive stupidity of the adults and them not believing her.
Score: 2.5 Stars out of 5