The Day the Earth Stood Still was quite good, although this may just be in comparison to Twilight, which I had seen earlier today. Keanu Reeves was a good fit for the alien, a part that utilised his wooden acting skills to the max. It’s a remake of the 1951 film by the same name. I liked the original and this one wasn’t drastically different, except a bit of Hollywood cheese and the product placement (Honda, LG, Microsoft and McDonalds), which probably paid Keanu’s wage bill.
Even though I liked it, it’s quite a depressing film to watch. It’s 57 years since the original was made yet the message is just the same. We’re killing the planet and when an alien turns up we respond by trying to kill it too. So 57 years later and the human race still reacts to any situation by waving a stick. It would be nice to think a story like this would seem comical after all this time, but one look at the world shows it’s more relevant now than ever.