I know. It’s Friday and I feel the urge to blog. Don’t get too attached though. I’m sticking to my original plan of blogging when I feel like it. 😉 After seeing the trailer for The Day the Earth Stood Still with Keanu Reeves playing the part, I felt compelled to talk about it.
Unfortunately…I’m not a big fan of remakes because they rarely live up to the original. When I saw the trailer for The Day the Earth Stood Still, I started wondering what movie that was. In fact, I’m still wondering what movie that was. If the trailer is any indication, I can already see a major flaw with the movie.
In the original, there wasn’t an attack on the Earth, only the threat of it happening if we didn’t get our act together. There was a test to convince mankind of the power the aliens had. They killed the power throughout the world in a “Do you I have your attention now?” statement. That was all. In this day and age, I’d understand why the creators would have to upstage the original with something more vital than a power outage. But based on what I saw, it looked like the aliens were out to destroy the earth until they got their boy toy back. I know if it were me, I’d destroy to earth to get Keanu back. 😉 Unfortunately, getting Klaatu (Keanu) back has nothing to do with the original movie.
I have to wonder about the characters, too. Will there be a giant robot named Gort? I saw one at the very end of the trailer. Hopefully, it’ll be a more promenant figure than that. If so, I hope we have the famous line, “Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!” But after seeing what Hollywood did with other remakes, I’m pretty sure that line will be raked over the coals or sitting on the editing room floor.
So what does all this mean? I don’t know yet because I’ve decided to cool my hopes for this being a good movie. I LOVE old scary movies. Are you kidding me? The black & whites were the best because they were so doggone innovative and original at the time. They came up with the fresh stuff that made me sizzle inside even as a child. Perhaps that’s also why I’m such a HUGE Twilight Zone fan, too. It’s all about orginality folks. If you’re going to reinvent Cinderella, then you had better be careful of the line you walk. Some of us like the original appeal, but what a bit of pizazz, too. I suspect NY publishers are the same way when it comes to the retelling of an original. Go for it, but make it special. If you cross too far over the line, then you’re going to be preceived as a hair-brained schemist.
Anyone else for a remake? If so, which movie would you like to see?