Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Day The Earth Stood Still: Green ad offends critics. Diddums

The powerful ecological theme of Fox's The Day The Earth Stood Still remake has upset those film critics who like to think that climate change has nothing to do with us, guv.

Here's Christopher Tookey in the Daily Mail: "Even more annoying are the film's smugly dictatorial assumptions. Once again, we are told that there is no alternative to some undefined 'Green' policy. If we don't obey their collective leadership unquestioningly and each buy ourselves a Toyota Prius - and I do mean right now - we're all going to die."

MovieCrypt.com: "If you want to see all the cool special effects in this remake, watch the trailer. If you want the extreme environmentalist agenda that goes with them, buy a ticket."

Tim Robey in the Daily Telegraph: "The cocktail of lazy CGI and po-faced, sub-Al-Gore environment lecture leaves you light-headed with tedium."

Channel 4 Film: "The combination of greenwash and pansy-waisted Ivy League liberalism reaches retching point about midway through the film ... "

Pass the sickbag, Malice. These and other critics would have ridiculed Robert Wise's original film back in 1951 for its atomic warfare concerns: quite why so many journalists tend to blinkered stupidity I'm not sure: perhaps someone out there, an Earthling Klaatu perhaps, could explain it.

It should be remembered that Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch who has belatedly become sympathetic to the Green movement, pushing his global empire to become carbon neutral in the foreseeable future. I'm sure he welcomed this updating of the movie. Klaatu's message to the world, that Earth doesn't need mankind but mankind needs Earth, is a lift of part of James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis which views the planet as a single organism.

The Day The Earth Stood Still could turn out to be the most expensive ad for the Greens ever. Most excellent.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tsk, tsk. This may just be the backlash to the PR era. I whish it would end already; I can't be more sick of it. People should be allowed to speak their minds more often without having to endure being called names for doing it. All this resentment building up and now we see them attacking the wrong targets... instead of supporting them. It's time for a remake of "Rebel w/o a Cause" (I propose Jonathan Rhys-Meyers for the lead - nude please).

Charles Lambert said...

Pansy-waisted? (Voice rising.)Pansy-waisted? What an interesting botanical phenomenon. Unless - though surely not - Channel Four Film is indulging in a little light ratzingerism...

Charles Lambert said...

I'm adding this simply because the word I'm supposed to type for verification is 'graces'. I feel that I've been touched.

Madame Arcati said...

I wondered about the pansy-waisted jibe, too - I always thought C4 was one of the homes of nancy-libs (oh, there I go ...); but instead one finds the soul of Ratzi/Palin/AN Other Ignorant Cunt. It's really quite shocking.

Rhys Meyers as star of Rebel? - ooh, I don't know. His Henry VIII exhausted my patience. Verne Troyer I think would bring an authentic air of upstartness to this cool role. Just think of the Method required.

Anonymous said...

Verne, huh? Ok, bur NOT naked, please (You're so bad, :-* ).

Madame Arcati said...

I would be most curious to see Verne naked. I read a kiss n tell about him recently, and the tart who sold the tale told how the little poppet would balance on her belly as his titchy buttocks jiggled about, his nose presumably resting in her belly button: I can't recall what she said about his cock but I assume it did the job required: I mean, why else would she be living with a rich actor if he could not meet her carnal needs?

Verne would be perfect.

Anonymous said...

Well... he did file for an annulment... on what grounds could he have done that?

Duralex said...

<< I read a kiss n tell about him recently, and the tart who sold the tale told how the little poppet would balance on her belly as his titchy buttocks jiggled about, his nose presumably resting in her belly button. >>

I'm really wondering to which rag and how much she managed to sell such a pathetic tidbit... It's stuff for Martin Amis. In my opinion he's the only one who could use it properly, for literary purposes.

Chas Newkey-Burden said...

I see that a German football club were upset by a trailer for the film too. Oh well, never mind eh?