Sunday, 12 April 2009

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

I have to be honest here.

I had a lot of opportunities NOT to watch this film over the weekend. I could have watched something on my DVR recorded list. I could have watched something on my Netflix queue on our Roku player. I could have watched late night television infomercials. I could have read a book or a magazine. I could have surfed the Internets. I could have played with the cats. I could have played with Gia. I could have cut my toenails. I could have banged my head against the wall in a repeated manner until any thought of watching this film escaped my consciousness.

But I did none of those things. And I did it all for you, my dear readers and only friends.

Where to begin? How about with the obvious elephant in the room, Keanu Reeves. I have to admit that the idea of Keanu (Hawaiian for "He Who Cannot Emote") playing an emotionless alien life form is semi-amusing. Kind of like asking William Shatner to play a narcissist or Lindsay Lohan to play a slutty train wreck. Just so obvious that you would think a casting director wouldn't even consider it. But, according to IMDB, Keanu was the director's first and only choice to play Klaatu. And he didn't disappoint. Well, I mean of course he disappointed. The whole film did. But if want a guy to look like Keanu Reeves and sound like Keanu Reeves, then Keanu Reeves is definitely your go-to guy.

Jennifer Connelly continued to underwhelm as a microbiologist with a son (I think, I really don't care) played by Will Smiff's kid, Jaden. That kid annoyed the crap out of me in this film. I think I might actually hate him. Does that make me a bad person? Oh, and Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and John Cleese rounded out the cast that was clearly sleepwalking through the production of this film in anticipation of a fat paycheck at the end of the shoot. Job well done!

If you hate spoilers then go away quickly, because I am going to spoil the mother-fucker out of this bad boy right now.

The human race survives.

I know. I was disappointed as well.

Ah...nevermind. You have all have some form of rudimentary intellect. You can figure out all on your own why you shouldn't watch this film. But I admit that I did love how this film ended. Well, not HOW it ended. Just that it actually ended. You know. The credits rolled and I was suddenly aware that the film was over.

That was awesome.


Avitable said...

I've never seen the original, and I saw this in theaters. I didn't really have any problems with it. I thought Keanu was perfect for the role because he is emotionless.

badgerdaddy said...

Avitable, see the original RIGHT NOW! It's one of he best movies to date in my opinion, and certainly the best of that cold war sci-fi period in the 50s and 60s that produced so many gems. It's a really bloody good movie.

Not seen the remake yet, and thanks to Earl... I may not.

B.E. Earl said...

Adam - You didn't find it to be tremendously boring? Really? Everything about it screamed "ho-hum" to me. Especially He Who Cannot Emote. Which, I know, was kinda the point with him. Still...

badger - You know, I'm not a HUGE fan of the original either. It's good, but it never blew me away.

Callie said...

The original never blew me away, either. Somebody (probably my hubby) told me I absolutely must see it. I watched it . . . sort of. I may have been drunk at the time.

Anyway - when I first saw the trailers for the remake, I got the giggles. Every time I saw it, I laughed. I don't think that was the actual intention of the film makers, but there you have it.

Faiqa said...

I laughed through this whole review. Yes, you are definitely a bad person for hating cute, little Jaden Smith.

The Berg said...

It's perfectly fine to hate a kid who gets into films just because his dad is Someone. I do all the time.

I always hate remakes of classics. I mean, Michael Rennie couldn't act either, but Keanu with his pants up under his armpits might have made him a little more emotive.