dannymalt’s review published on Letterboxd:
Watched this because I was told this was the best 1950s Sci-Fi movie.
According to Wikipedia this was the first movie to:
- Depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation
- First film to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space, far away from Earth
- Robby the Robot character is one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical "tin can" on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is an integral supporting character in the film
- Outside science fiction, the film was groundbreaking as the first of any genre to use an entirely electronic musical score
While the 1950s retro-future aesthetic is cool, and while the movie is groundbreaking for the time, it doesn't hold up great. The overall plot drags and suffers from cheesy bad writing. The film is also pretty sexist and rapey towards its lone female character. As a fan of later older grey-haired funny Leslie Nielsen, it was interesting seeing him young, with black hair and in a serious role, but he doesn't save the movie. Robby the Robot was fun, but in the context of 2020, is something we've seen before.
I recommend this only to film nerds that want to see this early work that inspired future sci-fi tv/movies, but I don't recommend it to more casual viewers expecting to see a great film.