Forbidden Planet ★★★★★

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"I'm in command of 18 competitively selected super-perfect physical specimens with an average age of 24.6 who have been locked up in hyperspace for 378 days."

After viewings of sequel after sequel, and remake after remake, it's refreshing to see a film like Forbidden Planet. Though it's a generalization, it's definitely fair to say that originality, and creativity is lacking in Hollywood nowadays. Films now, often feel the same. And though it's not necessarily a bad thing, it definitely become tiresome. Godzilla, Amazing Spiderman 2, Rio 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier: only a few recents films that are either remakes (or reboots, in this case) or sequels. And though I don't regard the majority of these films as terrible, it's nice when you see original, creative films.

That's how I felt about Forbidden Planet. Made in 1956, the film feels far more original than anything I've seen of recent years. This is science fiction at its best. The set design, the special effects and the costume design are all extremely impressive; both for a film made in 1956, but also just a modern classic. I remember the first time I saw Metropolis, and realizing it was made in 1927, and being completely surprised. And though I really enjoyed Metropolis, Forbidden Planet stunned me 10 times more than that. Perhaps along the levels of Michael Powell's masterpiece, The Thief of Bagdad. The film is stunning on Blu-Ray, it ranks amongst one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen.

Along with impressive effects and design, the film features strong performances from Leslie Nelsen, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis especially.The film has an amazingly interesting premise, And the film doesn't take itself too seriously, either, which I found was an intriguing, and genius touch. It mixes human drama, romance, science fiction and comedy all into one film. This ensures that even individuals who aren't sci-fi fans will stay engaged, and interested in the film, as if the beautiful visuals aren't enough.

The thing that separates Forbidden Planet from other science fiction films, and just films in general, is the execution by Fred M. Wilcox. If this task was put in the hands of another director, it would've probably become a big mess of incomprehensible ideas. But Forbidden Planet does it well, and in an exceedingly confident fashion. It's evident that this was a risky film to produce, and thank god Wilcox went through with making it. It's absolutely stunning; one of the best films ever made, and surely my favourite science fiction film.

Boasting beautiful set design, impressive visuals and an amazing use of colourization, Forbidden Planet deserves a place amongst the greatest sci-fi films of all time. It's an impossibility to mention "Best Films of All Time" and not include Forbidden Planet. If you're getting tired of the formulaic films that seem to dominate the box office now, take a break and pop Forbidden Planet into your Blu-Ray player, you won't regret it. At 98 minutes, I feel as if I could've sat there for another 180 minutes. This is a film you can't get tired of, no matter the amount of re-watches. It still proves to be an insanely creative, highly original masterpiece of filmmaking: the one hit wonder of Fred M. Wilcox, whose sole directional effort is one that will be planted in the history of cinema for years to come.

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