The Day The Earth Stood Still -- remake

  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Dec 19, 2008 7:32 AM GMT
    HI guys.

    What do you think?
    I saw the movie today with a friend who did not see the first one.

    He liked it but was a little confused with the ending.

    Myself, I love good Sci -Fi and the original with Michael Rennie is now a classic. Generally I liked it... the visuals and Audio were great but I am not sure I liked how they interpreted the story. Keannu Reeves was a bit wooden but OK.
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    It's good I think, big themes, but still fun.

    The end's pretty vague, bit of a missed opportunity.

    As for the wooden acting, I don't think he needs facial expressions...
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  • Akula

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    Dec 20, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    I was lucky enough to see it on IMAX and was pleasantly surprised by it. I agree with then ending being a missed opportunity, the first one is still one of my favorites and the ending was perfect in that one they should have done something similar in the new one.
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    Dec 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    I saw it last night. I would give it a 2 out of 10 points.

    It's hard not to compare it to the original. The 1951 version actually had a plot that made sense, created interest in the charaters' lives. The moment "the earth stood still" actually had a point, and specific reference was made to that as a gesture to warn mankind. Prof. Barnhart had a coherent role in the original and not just the dropin that John Cleese made.

    As others have pointed out, the departure of the alien in the original made sense....and it culminated the movie, tying up loose ends. The present version just ended, without making any sense at all of the alien's intentions or threat to return if things didn't change.

    The special effects in the original (for the time) were excellent. The special effects in this one, except for the destruction of Giants stadium, were terrible, and poorly thought out.


    The music in the original was composed by Bernard Hermann and was wonderful...incredibly spooky/weird.

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    John
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    Dec 20, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    fastprof saidThe music in the original was composed by Bernard Hermann and was wonderful...incredibly spooky/weird.

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    Yeah, thanks for mentioning the Hermann score. He's one of my favorite composers for film, did the Hitchcock movies of the 1950s and early 60s, like Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds (the last actually a non-score of sound effects). Hermann also did Citizen Kane and other classics.
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    Dec 20, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    Please don't spoil this. The first one affected my entire life and I have watched the trailer for the new one about 799 times. It isn't out in Europe yet and I do want to see it so badly.
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    Dec 20, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    Awful movie, just plain awful. Nothing like the previews made it to be. I'm glad I didn't spend my money on this movie, or I'd be a very unhappy camper!
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    Dec 20, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    bad. don't waste 2 hours of your life. bland.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 20, 2008 7:22 PM GMT
    I didn't go see it. It really doesn't look good.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Dec 21, 2008 8:48 AM GMT
    Unfortunately, other than some great moments with the kid, John Cleese and the Woman Professor, the movies totally lacked the intense story and humanity of the original.
  • TmanAveen

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    Dec 21, 2008 9:03 AM GMT
    it's just another blockbuster. so if you have two spare hours and you don't want to think too much, that's the movie for you...
    Not a piece of art.
    Do watch the clint eastwood movies ... he knows his shit
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    Dec 21, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    I've not seen the original, which probably helps...

    I'd give it 4/5 though. Huge themes and still entertaining is pretty difficult to pull off.
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    Dec 21, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    I thought the movie was ok. It seemed a little slow towards the middle, but picked up a bit at the end. If anything, I thought the movies presented some food for thought. It made me think about what responsibility, if any, we have to the preservation of the earth. Perhaps I was reading way too much in to it. LOL
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    Dec 21, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    I watched it last Sunday, I did not watch the original one so I had nothing to compare it to, I was a bit dissappointed and I could've done without it and waited for the DVD release.. i was hoping for more world-destroying shots and collapsed buildings and just more destruction than what I saw icon_twisted.gif