The Day the Earth Stood Still

Movie review, after a fashion.  ‘Tis been a while since I attempted one of these. 

I haven’t seen the original, so I can’t say if it is better or worse  (thought the originals generally are better).  Keanu seems to have a limited range as an actor.  I’m trying to think of something that I’ve seen him in where he had a wider range than, well, Neo.  He was in Much Ado About Nothing, but he seemed so uncomfortable in the scene where he runs along the tunnel and makes one of those Tom-Cruise-esqe full arm pumps…  Like his arms don’t know what to do if they aren’t held close to his sides.  His performance as Neo was, of course, classic.  But only because he was in a role that called for limited obvious emotion.  Who can forget the tragically comedic scene with him and Trinity engaged in the act.  Which brings me to the realization that Keanu – at least in his movie persona – is essentially sexless. 

He is certainly sexless in this movie. 

The dialogue was wooden.  “Please tell me I didn’t make a mistake.”  Delivered with no conviction.  Kathy Bates was unrealistic as SecDef, and Will Smith’s son is going to take a while to grow into his father’s bank-ability as an actor.  That’s fair, of course.  He is just a little kid. 

But, to the good part: the theme of catastrophy bringing about change.  We don’t change unless truly on the brink of meltdown, but the meltdown changes everything.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

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