Well, the new version of the 1951 classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still is now out, with Keanu Reeves doing his imitation of Michael Rennie. I cannot even imagine Reeves delivering Klaatu's going-away speech about turning the Earth into a burnt-out cinder. It hurts my brain. Rennie had gravitas. Reeves, well, not so much.
Rennie, and Robert Wise, the director, are probably spinning in their respective graves, can the reviews be believed.
Got to give Keanu credit, though. Playing a wooden-alien is solidly within his Matrix range ...
I haven't seen it. And won't until it comes out on cable. The MSNBC review is, um, not kind, starting out with "Klaatu barado stinko ..."
A quick sampling of the reviews to be found on the first Google page pretty much agrees. One guy locally kinda liked it, but it's because he hadn't seen the original. A hunk of iron pyrites doesn't look so awful -- if you don't have real gold. If you do, there's no comparison. Since I saw the first version, have it on DVD and watch it now and then, I don't want to pollute the purity of that experience.
And according to the reviews, The Line, one of the most famous in Sci Fi Movie History, isn't even in the new version.
Gort, please ... !