I took yesterday off from work to hang out with my wife. After sending our kids off to school, dropping by the doctors office for some blood work and eating breakfast at Kerbey Lane Cafe, we decided that we could squeeze a movie in before having to pick Emma up from school.
We decided to see The Day The Earth Stood still since it was starting at 11am and the previews looked good. Unfortunately I hadn’t picked up on how disappointing the movie was until we were sitting in the theater.
I have several issues with the politics of the movie, and I found the following comment on the Internet that says it better then I can:
Spoilers… (Or “Savers” if you don’t want to waste $10)
The aliens arrive in the usual idiotic fashion that makes the Conquistadors arrival in the new world look like a well planned diplomatic mission. The response by the Americans is predictable and right out of the Hollywood cliche’ handbook of STOOPID Americanism. The military’s lack of common sense is matched only by the oblivious idiocy of the enlightened Klatu who only realizes that killing 6 billion people is a bad idea when he sees a child crying about his dead daddy. Than the whole movie wraps up with an unexplained sudden ending as Klatu turns off all the lights and leaves. So now what? Are we left in the dark ages forever? Is the blackout a temporary measure to teach us a lesson or can we look forward to a Mad Max style sequel where humanity splits up into tribes and starts killing each other while they all starve to death in famine in a new enlightened more green style of misery?
Avoid this turd. Word of mouth should kill it off in a matter of weeks. But on the bright side the Wolverine preview looked pretty cool.
On the bright side, I actually had decent service at Kerbey Lane Cafe for a change. 🙂 Usually I have such a horrible experience. I really don’t understand what Austinites see in that restaurant.