DVD Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Day the Earth Stood StillA week from now, Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves will storm onto theaters in the almost-expected remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. The 2008 version looks to be drastically different from the 1951 classic, but that might not be that bad of an idea.Smartly, 20th Century Fox is re-releasing the original in an all-new 2-Disc Special Edition, which includes director commentary and several new featurettes. However, I needed to watch the movie first. According to my roommate, I watched this movie once before in high school, but if I did, I must have been sleeping. In other words, I essentially watched The Day the Earth Stood Still for the first time tonight, and while I respected the quality of the film, it is definitely showing its age.

Aside from the super-cheap robot outfit, the 1951 film has surprisingly excellent visuals, as minimalistic as they are. The spaceship still looks great, as do the laser effects. Furthermore, the story still holds its own, supported by quality acting and a well-written screenplay.

Unfortunately, for a 26-year old, this sci-fi movie is just a tad boring. OK, maybe boring isn’t the right word, but the movie is so dialogue-driven that there isn’t much excitement. People who grew up loving this film – my mother included – will scoff at such rstrongarks, but The Day the Earth Stood Still was clearly made in a time before sci-fi films about aliens threatening to destroy the world needed to be rich with excitement. This is all fine and good, but I was expecting something a little more… animated.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a good movie, but if you didn’t grow up enjoying the film, it might come off as a little dated.

By Erik Samdahl
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