stunning visuals, Robby the robot, loads of techno-haberdashery and moralizing about the future can make up for the slow pace of the film. Unfortunately, it is cut so roughly, that it is easily recognized as a B film, and for me, much less entertaining than its contemporaries.
The "Forbidden Planet", over the last 60 years,has not dated well.Nowadays,we expect Hi-Tec special effects and faster pace action.However,theres still much to admire in this cult classic.The colour,music and decor gives it a kitsch value.The acting,especially of Walter Pidgeon,is good and of course we have Robbie The Robot.A fun mix, that blends Skakespeares "The Tempest" and Freuds"The Id"into popular entertainment
Fazlasıyla başarılı bir yapım. Retro Sci-Fi tarzı filmlerden hoşlananlar için bir numaralı tercih. Yılına göre alkışlanacak derecede başarılı görsel efektlere ve dekorlara sahip. Ayrıca filmdeki robot yıllar boyunca bilim kurgu sinemasının simgelerinden biri olmuştur..
Disappointing and only sporadically enjoyable sci-fi plod that's interesting to someone, like me, who likes a bit of the old Star Trek. Its influence on Gene Roddenberry is obvious to see. But it's far too heavy on science that is ultimately of little importance to the story and when the dreaded beast does pop in, he's rather underwhelming. An extra star for Robby's whiskey imbibing and Anne Francis's dresses.
The film was undoubtedly at it's best when it gave screen time to it's idiotic characters, especially Robby, and their conversations. In short, I enjoyed it's camp factor. However, as pure sci-fi, it was conceptually unimaginative, spent too much time on exposition and just felt like a poor twilight zone episode. Still, I was charmed by it's effects even though I was always distracted by the design of Robby's legs.
I think Ridley Scott said it best when he said this 50's Futuristic Space Opera looked like Frank Sinatra's living room. That's not a bad thing though, in my book. It definitely has a valid "alternate-universe through 50's progress" style to it, and the FX are still pretty lavish and classy. The Id-Monster is an amazingly cool concept! And, hey ... the supercool Robbie the Jukebox-Robot ... you can't beat it!!!
Visit your local library and pick up some physics books from which to quote randomly. Then, ask your handy uncle Tom to help you build a robot. Realise you're living in the 50s and cast an unnecessary, innocent but sexy girl who serves perfectly for innuendo, unbounded by the laws of decency. This is probably how the charming but ridiculous Forbidden Planet came to be. Great laughs though, and charmingly handmade!
Despite its impressive visuals (and believe me, it does) and some effective comedic and creepy moments (some of the ghostly appearances early on), it is dragged down by too much exposition, flat characters, and some missed opportunities. I wished the girl and Robby were more of a fixture of the story. On a final note, I didn't feel it lived up to its title either.