A memorable monster movie mostly due to the creature itself that has a great costume and the lovely Julie Adams in a one-piece white swimming suit. Jack Arnold put some great jungle noises and dark foggy atmosphere to hide it's studio locale, but in the end the film drowns me in underwater sequences that become boring and sleepy to my eye.
If you love the 50s, its unique feel, the optimism and hope for the great advancements in technology and science, then you might enjoy this film. The plot is rather forgettable-if not silly, but there are some impressive underwater sequences. So, this is not a masterpiece, but if you're looking for something light, easy to watch, a classic 50s sci-fi/monster movie, then you shouldn't be disappointed with this film.
It is certainly entertaining, and it keeps characteristics from the beloved monster movie genre of the 1950s. However, its plot points are shallow and predictable (disposable and useless characters, a forced love triangle), and its chauvinism is almost unbearable. Adams' character is there only to scream, and become a liability for the powerful, macho male researchers.
One of the most iconic B-movies of all time, and a landmark for a whole genre. Despite some big pacing issues – after half an hour most of the fun was already over – it's hard to resist to this old-fashioned guilty pleasure. Its sincerity when it comes to explain all that cool-scientific-stuff deserves to be loved. Plus, Julie Adams swimming. Science fiction really was something, back then.
Out of all the Universal monster movies the Creature from the Black Lagoon sort of feels like the bastard step child of the family. Gil-man is no where near as iconic as Dracula, the Wolf Man or the Mummy and yet his movie is leagues better than all of theirs. I unabashedly adore this film. It is full of 50s Sci Fic cheese and camp, but in my opinion that only adds to the film's charm.