In protest of the recent “remake:”
Ok. Lets get this straight. Remakes suck. Adaptations generally suck. There are always exceptions, but the general maxims remain the same. Some classic films beg to be remade with beautiful CGI effects that were not available at the time, King Kong comes to mind, a film I really owe it to myself to watch again. Others, should never be remade. A remake of Casablanca would be sacrilege. Which brings me to this film.
One of the two colossal pillars of the foundation of the Science Fiction film genre (the other being Forbidden Planet). I have not seen the new one, nor do I intend to, but there is no denying the impact this film had on film. It is hard to realize this came out in 1951, it was really ahead of its time it terms of story plotting and special effects. The film really reflects the Nuclear fears that permeated the nation at the time, and serves as a noteworthy study on the cultural era of the 50s.
I must admit, most older films move very slowly in terms of story, and most people used to the fast paced storytelling of the post-Star Wars generation just can’t endure it. However, this film (at least to me) moves at a brisk pace and never subjects the audience to a boring moment. Go watch it everybody. Especially before you view the new one—if you do—and especially after you do.
Unlike Hollywood’s current ideas concerning films, it’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message.