Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (2008)

The 1950's produced a film load of science fiction movies. Many of them concerned aliens attacking the earth. Some say that this phase of the movies in the United States was an artistic method for dealing with the anxieties of the cold war between the U.S.A and Russia. Films about huge monsters was another part of this overall expression.

The Day the Earth Stood Still  posed a question about the way of life in the U. S. A. during the 1950's. This is in line with literature discussing and examining life, and the original film is an adaptation of the short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. The 2008 version works from the first film and the short story.

It is for you to decide which film does the best job of adapting the short story to the movies.  At least, it is up to you to decide which film is the best.

The tomatometer gives the original film 94% and the audience says 85%.  The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) gets a tomatometer reading of  21% and audience 32%. What do you think? Which one brings the concept across better? You say...

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