(The Day The Earth Stood Stymied)
Well, I hardly know where to begin. Was it the writing?
The direction? The Acting or the lack there of. Thank God for Kathy Bates. Speaking of ... was it the fact that she was far outshining the alleged star that some part of the 20th Century machine had a secret meeting with wardrobe and said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“make sure You fit her with a really bad wigÃ¢â‚¬Â. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just astounded by the depth of badness this film has achieved. And not like it would be fun to watch again bad, i.e. Ã¢â‚¬ËœPlan 9 from outer spaceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, but bad as in when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s released to TV, I would rather watch an infomercial.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to thwart the studios attempts to make some money off this to help pay for the ridiculous special effects. By all means go and see for Yourself. The best bit of acting from Keanuu came when he was trying to drink water. I know it must have taken allot out of him. As a suggestion for his next role he should consider
remaking the TV series Kung Fu. Forgive them Robert Wise, they know not what the heck theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing and have not learned from the master of his craft.
I should have known it was going to be bad from the get when within 10 minutes of starting my sons and I turned it into a live science fiction theatre 3000. While filing out of the theatre We were discussing the highlights and favorite scenes. We all agreed that when Keanuu got the tuna sandwich and then when into the bathroom and collapsed, someone called out, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbad tunaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. That was pretty funny. So maybe I take it back. Maybe this movie does deserve a second viewing. Only this time, asap, WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give it the full SciFi 3000 treatment it deserves.
As a consolation for fans of the original movie I can tell You this was NOT a remake. This was an entirely different movie. They just slapped a few scenes in there that were similar. Lifted a few character names but by no means the character. They certainly left the old message intact by developing a script that had more in common with Al GoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Ëœan Inconvenient truthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and outright stole the title, The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Come to think of it, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but wonder if they had to go in and re-shoot the last scene because someone must have pointed out that at no point during the movie did anything actually stand still.
Well at least they justified steeling the title but there still refuses to be any explicable reason why everything came to a stop other than the movie was over and everybody turned to eachother and said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“is that it?Ã¢â‚¬Â Like one of those movies You keep watching, hoping it will offer one good reason to Your wallet yet invariably feeling You fell victim to a clever bamboozle.
I would think that the makers of the original should sue but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the same people. All I can tell You is, You keep going to the same place for pizza cause they make the best. Then one day the pizza maker leaves and You know the difference, and it ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t no good, not much unlike this sorry excuse for a movie.
Within a millisecond of the first credit showing my son spoke out loud: Ã¢â‚¬Å“that was the worst movie IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever sat throughÃ¢â‚¬Â. We also went to see Dee SnyderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStrangeLandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Not that that was good, but it was better. The entire way home I kept trying to put into words where the production went awry. He was obviously in shock. He kept interrupting my train of thought with Ã¢â‚¬Å“that was the worst movie IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever sat throughÃ¢â‚¬Â as though he were permanently scarred. Upon arrival home he said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanna watch the old one right away so I can get this one out of my headÃ¢â‚¬Â.
My heart was so into it. Like any good love affair gone by the way, perhaps my expectations were too high. The entire ordeal of this screenplay can easily be summed up in the first miss strokes of the brush. As the audience braces for certain destruction from a deep space impact there is just as suddenly, no money shot, no pay off. Baited and Waiting for the big impact and then it never came. In the midst of making love my lover passed out. Quite the disappointment.
I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be calling again any time soon.
note: Stymied = a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.