The original version is my favorite, but I have watched the remake, too. The story is basically the same, but the remake is a little to " special
effected" for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I like special effects just not in this instance. The original version is just more direct and to the
For those of you that are not familiar, I will give a brief synopsis of " The Day the Earth Stood Still".
There is a starship that lands in the DC area. From the very beginning we are quite clear that there is a visitor and a companion, a spaceman and his
over sized robot, Klaatu and Gort. Now the spaceman begins to walk toward a Military welcome in a very non-threatening manner and reaches for
something that is supposed to be a gift and gets shot in the process.
This greeting was unexpected and the robot proceeds to dismantle all weapons with his laser eyes and when the spaceman gets to his feet he instructs
the robot to basically stand down. That robot was ready to go ballistic to protect his boss. The rest of the movie is about Klaatu's quest and
reason for his visit.
The more advanced civilizations in the galactic neighborhood are very disappointed in the way Earthlings are behaving, interestingly, the spaceman
could really care less about how they are treating each other, he is more concerned with the preservation of Earth itself and the possible
ramifications of Earthlings infecting other nearby space communities.
He is here to talk to the world leaders and is met with a heavy handed stance that due to the nature of the distrust between said nations that it
would be impossible to get them to agree to meet on another enemy land. He decides to enlist the help of a professor in order to facilitate at least
a meeting of the greatest minds in the world. In order for that to happen the spaceman has to give the professor a method of proof for the entire
world to see, hence the title.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
If you have never seen it take a little time and get a bag of popcorn or 2 and enjoy!
There is the remake if you prefer!
I do have an opinion about the nature of human kind with regard to this particular subject, but I will reserve that for another day!
The original movie is in my top three all-time greatest sci-fi movies.
It has one great flaw that most people don't know. It did not follow the plot of the original short story on which it is based. The writer Harry
Bates had a whole different concept in mind.
The UFO sat in that DC park for several days with some minor events happening around it until a man appeared. That is where the movie picked up the
story in general which follows through until the very end where Bates' unique ending was ignored. There, after the man is killed by a trigger-happy
soldier, the reader is told--and can then reflect on hints given earlier in the story line--that the man was created by the robot and that the robot
was really the master and not the human it created on the spot to work with the earthlings.
Admittedly, that is a shockingly strong twist. So the decision was made by the movie people to make the story milder. Still strong for 1954, yet
more appealing and acceptable to the public's palate at the time. Who then could accept that a robot could be the master?
(Digging in a Walmart $5 bin a few years I found a 2-disc version. The second disc even includes Bates' short story plus other details of the making
of the movie. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.)
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