Great Moments In Film – The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
As you can probably tell, I’m a complete science fiction geek. This probably originates with my dad who used to show me movies he used to love when he was a kid when I was much younger. Two stick out in my mind: Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Two more serious takes in the sci-fi world, but I loved them just the same at a young age.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of my favorites. As the Earth ventured into nuclear weapons as well as the space age was close to dawning (Sputnik would take orbit later in this decade), obvious fears began to emerge. For the first time in our history as a species, we actually had the power to end everything with a click of a button. While sci-fi would have various answers to the nuclear scare (which included aliens/monsters of all shapes and sizes), this movie gives us the best answer of all.
This scene is at the very end of the film. The humanoid alien Klatuu has seemingly risen from the dead (insert Jesus parallel here) to give this stern warning. While there’s no need to rehash what he actually says, it’s sad to see his warning in context to modern day. Nearly 60 years later, we should still heed Klaatu’s speech. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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