The Day The Earth Stood Still
Whoa. I knew they were remaking my favorite space alien movie: the 1951, black and white, The Day the Earth Stood Still. I didn't give it much thought. I don't think perfection can be improved upon. Michael Rennie, who played the alien in the first version, was magnificent. Understated, suave, with wonderful, subtle facial expressions. I just saw the trailer for the new movie and it's really nothing like the original. I hope they don't screw things up too badly. The original was just so freakin' great it's almost CRIMINAL to try to reproduce it.
Klaatu, barata, nikto (or however you spell it)
I'll be so pissed if they turn a classic film into what passes for movies today. Keanu Reeves can be good in very specific roles. And he's cute. But that might not be enough. What was great about the original actor was he actually had acting depth, so he didn't need to do a lot in order for us to get the drift that still waters run deep.
Of course, I'll go see the new movie. But I might have to heave my popcorn box at the screen. We'll see. Maybe Klaatu will show up again soon and throw some cold water on all the political nonsense going on this year.
Here's a clip of the original (but you really need to rent it and watch the whole thing. The main female character turns out to have a very important role.), followed by the new version. (The old clip has a few seconds of blank screen at the beginning. I don't know why.)