The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of my favorite moves. Ever. I vividly remember seeing it with my older brother when I was about six years old and being entranced. Aside from being a classic piece of science fiction and masterfully paced story telling, it is just beautiful. Black and white, but with silvery tones and velvet blacks; lots of the best scenes are shot at night with shadows deep as a trench, it’s like the best film noir with the added thrill of a flying saucer. Plus the glam Patricia Neal carried off by a giant space robot.
So I now I find out Hollywood is planning a remake. Of course. Take something iconic and perfect and try to recreate, or “better” it. When I heard Keanu Reeves was cast in it, I assumed he’d be the robot, since that’s what his so-called acting has always reminded me of. Silly me. He is, of course, this generation’s Michael Rennie. Yet another sign that we are living in the end times.