Enrique Bonilla Morales
“Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still
But he told us where we stand …”
“Science fiction (uh uh) double feature
Doctor X (uh uh) will build a creature …”
Sorry, I could not resist the singing. Now, back to the regular article. As I stated in Classic Movies Cake 1930-1950 Fantasy:
I think young people, mostly, reject old movies before they even watch them. They believe those films are boring and have nothing “new” or different to offer compared to modern movies. I strongly disagree with this statement. I consider that many movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and so on have unique cinematography, storytelling, and music, which makes them beautiful: it’s like reading something from Shakespeare or going to a museum to see a painting from Van Gogh. They are artists and pieces of art that transcend the test of time, and that will be memorable for years to come, even if they are the product of a time that is no longer with us.
I decided to write a series of articles* where I will talk about some of my favorite Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction films from different decades. This article will be about SciFi movies from 1930 to 1959. I could include many movies, but my regular job and Baking Trance restrict my time only to be able to talk about two of them. Hopefully, you will have something nice to watch for the evening after reading this.* Here are other articles of these series, just follow the links (we will be updating this list): – Classic Movies Cake 1930-1950 Fantasy
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Are you a Doctor Who fan? Do you like fantastic creatures such as Weeping Angels or Silents? If you do, you are gonna love this movie. There is even an episode from old Who with references to this film (13th season, Planet of Evil).
The movie narrates the story of a starship that arrives at planet Altair IV to check over an expedition that was sent 20 years earlier. They find that there is only one survival from that expedition: Dr. Edward Morbius. He warns the crew, inexplicably, about the dangers of living there and asks them to return to their planet and leave him in peace.
The principal hero and the main female character have characteristics that may be a little outdated for today’s standards. However, the movie’s creativity out-stand impressively and make a great Sci-Fi film with excellent acting and an unexpected plot twist. Also, Forbidden Planet has one of my all-time favorite film robots: Robbie.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
If you believe new is always better, you haven’t compared the 2008 remake of this movie with the original. Even if the most recent adaptation has Keanu Reeves and better special effects, the whole message of the original plot is missing.
This movie was innovating during its time because it represents alien forms of life as good-intentioned and not as a threat. You know, most 50s Hollywood movies were influenced by the fear of Communism and the Cold War; thus, they represented anything foreign to the United States as dangerous.
This film tells the story of a humanoid form of life that arrives in Washington to deliver an important message. As the USA government does not want to listen, he escapes and tries to think a way to deliver its message while living among humans.
What I love most of The Day the Earth Stood Still is how it proposes that the only way we can truly survive as a species is if we learn to overcome our differences and work together for a greater good. We need to listen to reason and understand that there are more important things than our political or religious discrepancies, pride, or money. A miracle is not going to come and save us, particularly if we allow hate and greed to win over the necessity for cooperation. We need to learn this message more than ever if we want to surpass the 2020 pandemic without a greater amount of suffering. This film is something every politician must watch right now!
PS: this film has another great robot: Gort!
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