What next – a remake of Citizen Kane starring Will Ferrell?
Sacrilege! I just saw a preview for the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” I know I should reserve judgment until I see the film but I’ve already formed an unfavorable opinion. As far as I can tell, the original concept of The Day the Earth Stood Still (I’m going to abbreviate it to TDTESS just cause that’s a lot to keep typing and I’m lazy) has been bastardized. The original movie was about peace, nonviolence and creating change without violence. In the preview I saw, Keanu Reeves hurt more people than Michael Rennie did in all of the original TDTESS. There was destruction when the saucer landed, destruction around Keanu, destruction of buildings, fire walls, trucks disintegrating, people scrambling, collapsing, etc. Why are they calling it The Day the Earth Stood Still – it should have been called The Day We Used As Many Special Effects as We Could Get Our Hands On to Make As Much Money as We Could. The point of the original was a quiet threat, a show of force that was awe-inspiring but hurt now one – the potential for destruction was there but it was restrained and Earth ultimately had to make the choice (I’m trying to be vague just in case there is someone who has not seen the movie in which case please see the original first). And why choose Keanu Reeves to play the lead? Peter Weller would have been such a better choice – he has that quietness with intelligence that is necessary for the role (not that I’m saying Mr. Reeves is not intelligent but he can come across as rather vacant-looking). I shudder to think what they’ve done to Gort! I know, I know – I’m jumping to conclusions without having seen the film but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to bring myself to see the film. Poor Robert Wise must be spinning wherever he may be.