Monday, 29 November 2010

The Day The Earth Stood Still - Robert Wise '1951'

I know it's been a while since I posted any reviews up, but given the last few weeks with the character design project drawing to a near, I left these on the back burner for the time being.

I must admit, for a 50's sci-fi I was very impressed with this piece of film, and it's clear to say although this falls under the category of the 'B-Movie' this was certainly inspirational to many after it, possible at the frontier of the genre. The most puzzling thing about it being classed as a 'B-Movie, is the high budget used in both props and special effects, which should technically take it out of the category entirely.

The film itself had a really quick, effective set-up using nice shots in comparison to the narration of the news reader of the emergency broadcast, filling in the audience on events the whilst they were unfurling, a real nice touch. Also using recognised American landmarks as a way to set the scene was a very sucessful way to convey to reality of the events.

Wise also used the naivety of the boy in the film, to try and develop the narrative further in the discussion between him and Klatuu, explaining elements that may not have been portrayed as detailed, however dulled down they were for the naive boy to interpret.

There also some religious references, such as the sacrifice Klatuu made to try and help the human race understand the situation that had befallen them. After the events that occurred, and his resurrection, he warned the humans once more of the peril they face if they continue there atomic age, with that warning  he soon left. This obviously has Christian elements, in particular referencing Jesus (particularly he's fake name carpenter). This was possibly used as a way to reach out the the auidence of that time period.

Along with the great use of Miniatures and Special effects, in particular the Ship and the robot Gort, this film had a great use of narrative to convey it's story, and remain a classic to both the time period, and genre.

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