By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, AICN
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The only thing I liked about the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still was the casting. I didn't understand the need to redo the original, have lost pretty much all confidence in Fox to put together a big budget movie, and thought the switch from armed conflict to aliens thinking green was just stupid. Did Gore write this movie?
Anyway, I did think the trailers looked alright and was open to being surprised by a good movie. Judging by the first screening reports, however, it looks like my original assumptions were correct.
Screening Reports: The Day the Earth Stood Still
The good people at AICN have received a couple screening reports for The Day the Earth Stood Still and the first one pretty much sums up the feelings of the rest.
I saw a preview of TDTESS in London and it is all kinds of awful. I'm a fan of the original and I can see that they were going for the same tone but it fell flat. Stilted dialogue, awkward product placement, occasional hand-held camera wobbles (within an otherwise traditionally shot scene), absolutely no humor even attempted and underwhelming model work left me cold.
On the plus side, John Cleese was surprising good in a short serious role. It's his best work since Silverado. And Keanu was inspired casting.
You did hear that the original was recently released to a special edition DVD, right? Maybe you should stick with that.
For now, check out all the screening reports here.
The Day the Earth Stood Still opens to theaters on December 12th.