Monday, December 11, 2006

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Normally I'm not terribly impressed by old scifi movies (with the possible exception of making fun of them with friends on lazy days) but I'm glad I finally got around to watching this one. It's an excellent early sci-fi movie about what happens when an alien lands in Washington DC. But unlike other sci-fi movies of the time it's not a shoot 'em up invasion type movie like Independance Day or War of the Worlds. Instead a mostly peaceful humanoid creature brings an important message about peace.
The movie while brilliantly written does have some flaws. In the first place it can be rather slow at times. Although for fans of classic movies, this might be a good thing. The acting is also a little wooden at times, although not so much that the movie feels contrived. And of course the movie is a little archaic and not exactly "new" although the idea was pretty original for its time.
One thing I especially liked about this movie was its excellent portrayal of the politics and beauracracy of the American Government and the short falls in world politics and the U.N. It also did a great job of exploring the xenophobia and fear of the american public when faced with such a visitor.
I would highly recommend this movie especially if you are a fan of sci-fi or just old classic movies in general.

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