I’ve recently dived into doing ”best of’ lists, so as I’ve explained, I’ve decided to do my top 20 SF films. This is my personal list, so feel free to disagree with it and of course, you’ll be horribly wrong.
At #12 we flail our arms wildly with joy as it’s the SF film that set up every space adventure film that followed it, it’s Forbidden Planet.
This is Forbidden Planet. I don’t really need to recap the plot, and anyhow it’s Shakespeare’s The Tempest anyhow, but in space with Ann Francis in a short skirt being chased by monsters from the ID.
I remember first seeing this way back in the 1970’s as a kid when the BBC broadcast it on an evening & was instantly captured by the glowing Technicolor, Robby the Robot, and giant sweeping scale of the sets, the ideas and most of all, the fact the film is enormous fun. This is how to do Space Opera, or at least it was until another film later on in this list came along.
As a film it still stands up today as a cracking bit of SF adventure, plus the electronic score was decades ahead of it’s time. You can hear bits and bobs of it pop up in artists like the Aphex Twin’s work every now and then, plus it’s fun to watch Leslie Neilson in a straight role as we forget he was a leading man back in the day…….
Just watch it and enjoy it. It’s what it’s there for….
Next time in a galaxy far, far away……