Monday, December 08, 2008

Klaatu Barada Nikto

The line is not in the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still - and just as well, it would have disrupted the integrity of this very good remake.


Anonymous said...

Integrity of the remake.....absurd that you use this word. You imply that the re-make is superior to the original film. The first was one of the the great films of the last century.

Madame Arcati said...

You haven't seen the 2nd film yet so u wouldn't know. The second film is much better than the first.

Anonymous said...

Apparently (I have not seen it either), they do say it once near the end of the movie; only not as part of the plot (more as homage to its popularity). The fact the phrase has been repeated so many times for more than 50 years do speak for the quality of the original film/script. It is a classic if one can still watch it and appreciate the plot despite the dated storyline.

Perhaps you could watch the 2008 version again. After all, really good movies are supposed to withstand to be watched a second or third time; to expect the next scene only to love the punch line in a joke or the sound of a particular phrase that may become iconic*.

You might then notice when it is said.

* not the case of "Klaatu Barada Nikto", I know. We don’t go around saying that today as a sign of peace or truce.

Madame Arcati said...

The line is not uttered in the remake. The only "they" that could say it is Klaatu, and you'll see he does not have any opportunity to say it - it's not required - but you'll have to see the film to understand the point. The actors freely lied in interviews that the line is included. The line has only been repeated over and over because the '51 film had a greater effect - it was one of the 1st great sci-fis. Much has happened since.

The remake is the new international No 1.