October 4, 2005

Klaatu Barada Nikto

I first saw The Day the Earth Stood Still in school, because one of my English teachers was a science-fiction fan like myself. I think her name was Ms. Anderson. This is one of the best science-fiction films made, solely because of its message and how well it represents and criticizes the prevailing beliefs of the time, and today. In fact, its message of cooperation and peace was in stark contrast to the government's position on international conflict, as this was released during the height of the Cold War.

Of course the acting is not particularly great, especially since what was expected from performances back then is more formulaic. And while Klaatu does outwardly behave and speak as if an alien visitor to Earth, he is too familiar with body language. His confusion over how things are on Earth seems in strange conflict with his ability to use human gestures to convey his confusion.

One thing that struck me was how the opening music contained one of the most recognizable science-fiction audio sequences of all time. I don't know if this was the first movie to make use of that sequence, but it may have been.

Posted by josuah at October 4, 2005 5:46 AM UTC+00:00

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