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.
This serious sci-fi film revolutionized the genre with its Tempest-inspired story, solid performances, unsettling Theremin score, and introduction of the first robot that isn't a tin can. While it is a little slow, it casts a spell and is definitely one of the classics.
When I first saw this movie I didn't quite understand it but it was really fun to watch. I realize now the film is a classic piece of american camp. The special effects are stupendous for it's time and the film has my favorite robotof all time. The colors in the film add an articulate sense of wonder. I think I will always love "The Forbidden Planet."