By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
A ship sent to find what happened to a community of scientists left to settle a mysterious planet find more than they bargained for.
First off, a glass must be raised to how influential this film is to basically all of the sci-fi that comes afterwards. You’ll see familiar elements from everything from Star Trek to Robocop. Leslie Nielsen plays the hunky ship’s captain… so that’s cool.
He maintained that studliness all the way to the end… RIP, Mr. Nielsen
Also, Forbidden Planet features the first electronic music score, which may or may not be a good thing.
You may be inclined to making fun of the special effects, or the fact that the first line in the movie is about making a moon landing in the 90s. That’d be too easy. You need to remember that this was like the Avatar of the 50s. These were state of the art special effects that would have blown your mind like Jenna Jameson blows… well, I’ll go ahead and let you finish that thought.
Whistles. I was talking about whistles.
Also like Avatar, unfortunately, is the at times simplistic plot with holes you could drive a Brinks truck through.
Which Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner would then rob.
I could use a couple of pages up documenting each one, but I’ll go ahead and let you have fun discovering them. Don’t worry, if you still have a pulse you won’t have too much trouble.
Another thing to polish off a bottle to: their spaceship is extremely loud and shrill, basically an emergency broadcast signal stating “Here we are. Kill us if you feel like it.” It’s kind of hard not to see the monster’s point of view… if you wake me up with that noise I’ll probably try to stick something sharp in your eye.
This will do nicely.
© 2010 Mike Hansen
A last beer needs to go to how sad and shitty Robby the Robot is. He can do all kinds of awesome things, like synthesize matter into anything you want, but he still looks like the Michelin Man made sweet love to a popcorn machine.
A hot, sultry popcorn machine.
Also, he can’t shoot people and completely falls down in the clutch. So, when his creator, Dr. Morbius, says “Robby is simply a tool,” we all know what he’s talking about.
Watch it. If you like scifi, this is one of its bedrocks.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a drink: every time someone mentions alcohol
Take a drink: every time someone says “planet”
Drink a shot: in honor of Leslie Nielsen