Movie Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Starring: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin.
Director: Robert Wise.
MPAA Rating: G (Not sure why, it deals with a lot of political issues)
Plot: An alien, Klaatu (Rennie) comes to earth to convince us to mend our warring ways and stop being a threat to other world with our atomic weapons. He gets shot for his message of peace, of course, and a love triangle ensues between Klaatu (posing as Mr. Carpenter) and Helen Benson (Patricia Neal). Then Gort (Martin) gets involved and the earth comes to a halt.
Notes: Klaatu was British actor Michael Rennie’s first US role. The message of The Day the Earth Stood Still is as relevant today as it was in 1951 when the film opened. All the military equipment shown in the film came from the Virginia National Guard as the War Department (as the Department of Defense was known then) would not supply anything to the production. The now famous line “Klaatu barrada nicto” was used again in Army of Darkness.
My Rating: Very well done for its time. The relevance is as strong today as in 1951; a lasting message. Five Goons out of Five.

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