Friday, December 12, 2008

Movie review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

So Hubby and I have been on vacation for the past week, and I suggested that we use this time to go see a movie during the day. This afternoon, we went to see this movie starring Keanu Reeves. It is a remake of the movie's 1951 version. I now know from looking at the poster from the 1951 version, what the first item I saw when I entered the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle was supposed to be.

Anyhow, I knew nothing about this movie other than it was shot here in Vancouver. Although I have no idea which scenes are Vancouver and what is soundstage, or an alternate location.

The special effects were very good. Keanu is stellar in this. This is one of his better movies. I had no idea that he would end up playing the alien invader.

2 things I observed from this movie: 1. The point of the movie is that we, humans/earthlings ARE destroying our planet. And unless we do something to stop this downward spiral, it will get worse.
2. The US thinks they own EVERYthing and make themselves to be the center of the universe. That is the one thing I have often been annoyed at when it comes to the entertainment industry. True, in this movie, it is centred on Manhattan, as this is where the alien "thing" collided into the earth, hence it gave the US rights to "own" the problem. The centering on decisions made by "Mr. President" and the refusal to consult with other nations about the issue, shows that even in movies, the US believes themselves to be supreme.

I realize that in a lot of things; arts, politics, war, whatever, Canada is hardly anything to speak of in terms of spectcles -- this is evident from our recent election. We all know about Obama, McCain, Hilary, and the female governor of Alaska, what'shername. But can you really think of anyone rivalling the spectacle of the US election, that type of sensationalism occuring here in Canada with Harper, Dion and others? No. Even in history, there has not been such a big deal made of canadian politics despite the historic events that have occurred. Trudeau, Mulroney, and others have done some pretty hair raising things, but Canadians do not make such a big deal as the centrality of US life seems to be in North American media.

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