Klaatu, what an amazing alien! Michael Rennie set the character in motion in 1951 and Keanu Reeves took him to another level in 2008. How two movies on the same subject made decades apart can send such important messages without anyone noticing is beyond me, but then we are speaking about mankind. Both TDTESS51 and TDTESS08 reminded Earthlings that they need to change their ways, live peacefully and love Mother Earth or all will be lost.
I told Ambrosia that I wanted to review the 2008 version, but that I wasn't sure if I could without giving it away. But then tonight I saw the 1951 version and well, I just have to say that I am sadden. Sadden by the fact that we have not even noticed how much our society, our world went in the opposite direction. I understand that movies are made for entertainment, but sometimes there is a message, one that must be heeded. In 1951, with or without purpose there was an important understanding to take away, be respectful of yourself, your neighbor and your surroundings. No one paid attention though. So here we are in 2008, and the message is being sent again. Will we even notice. Well Keanu Reeves, (I am big fan of his work, as he is quite the evolved being) should get people to listen, playing the innocent yet all knowing alien who signals the end.
But, if this were a real life situation, would the aliens think twice, would they change their minds and leave Earth to its devices? Probably not, I doubt we are that important. I do wonder what others will take away from this version. Even the seemingly mindless but entertaining children's animation called Wall-E had a great message of self-destruction, ego, convenience, laziness and self-centeredness. I didn't hear anyone talking about that either.
Well, I suppose we will see what happens, since we really are somewhat in control of our destinies.