The Day the Earth Stood Still

June 20, 2010

One line review: The anti-war / anti-violence message of the movie has either been lost to time, or is lost on me.

Movie Title: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Actors: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Edith Evanson, Tyler McVey

Director: Robert Wise

Year: 1951

Genre: Drama

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% – Socially minded yet entertaining, The Day the Earth Stood Still imparts its moral of peace and understanding without didacticism.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): I always hate it when I watch a highly rated movie, only to either find myself not impressed or simply bored. I can’t fault this movie for it’s acting or production. Even it’s special effects (for the time) are fairly good. However, I found myself completely uninterested in the great dark secret that the space man was bringing, and overall cared little for the outcome of any of the characters. I feel that this movie is simply one that either can’t be appreciated in this time frame, or simply can’t be appreciated by me. I just found it dull and pointless.