Sunday, June 28, 2015

1951 - THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, a little dated but still very good.

One of the better films in the science fiction film crazy of the 1950's.  20th Century Fox under the control of Daryl F. Zanuck paid attention to story and didn't go overboard with the special effects.  Studio director Robert Wise kept things moving along.  Wise had been a top editor at RKO and brought brisk pacing to a tightly constructed plot.  Bernard Herrmann was hired to compose the unusual score which was a key component in the success of this film.

The film was well cast with character actor Michael Rennie as the spaceman Klaatu and a memorable robot called Gort.

The Day the Earth Stood Still with it's message of world peace and nuclear disarmament still holds up very well.  Probably the most dated aspect of the film is Klaatu's suggestion that earth adopt a Robot police force to monitor and stop the violent tendencies of human beings.  Somehow a robot police force consisting of lots of scary robots like Gort does not exactly sound like the best idea to promote world peace.

Still, this is one of the best science fiction films Hollywood ever produced.

92 minutes

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