Sunday, December 14, 2008

Jason watches "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

And it sucks.

Okay, I've come to terms with the fact that Hollywood feels it has to remake everything. I don't like it, but I accept that these things happen, and they happen for a good reason ($$$). And if you're going to remake a movie, you might as well have a different take on it, bring something new to the table. So I'm not going to rant about the differences from the original.

However, if you're going to remake a movie (or for that matter, make any movie), you might as well make it good. All "The Day the Earth Stood Still" has going for it are special effects that would impress anyone who hasn't seen a blockbuster SFX movie in 10 years. Things dun git dee-stroyed reel good! And I guess there's something poetic about Keanu Reeves playing someone who doesn't know how to be human--finally a use for his "I don't even know how to stand around and talk" acting style. But the moral is all wrong. We don't need to destroy all humans to save the planet, just the guy who wrote this crappy dialogue. They even made Jennifer Connelly sound stupid.

1 comment:

Dadmaniac said...

Jason, you should watch the original, unless you already have. It was filmed in 1951 so some of the stuff is dated, but it actually is a much better story. Also, this was adapted from a short story called "Farewell to the Master". If you haven't read it, you should. It's actually a much different story...but good. You can find it here: