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October 1, 2016
One of the greatest of all time
September 27, 2016
Another one of the early space travel sagas that, while having a lot of impressive special effects and mental pathos, also has terrible lazer beams and annoying 50s gender stereotypes.
August 27, 2016
Absolute total classic that perfectly sets up what would become the first Star Trek TV series. If your a fan of Star Trek, you must see this.
½ August 17, 2016
This was pretty frightening!
½ July 31, 2016
Fascinating Sci-Fi. Special effects for 1956 are eye-catching (apart from the Spaceship). Walter Pidgeon is brilliantly cast against type, making up for the rest of the rather wooden cast. Though Robby the Robot steals every scene he's in. Add the eeriest soundtrack and you have a highly watchable and influential cult classic.
July 3, 2016
I have nothing bad to say about this film. Going in, I was expecting to see one of the classic sci fi stories from way back, but I didn't expect to actually get into it as much as I did. The acting is actually quite good, with an awesome Leslie Nielsen performance that nearly reaches the heights of James T. Kirk, as well as production design that's...dare I say, "OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!"
The story itself is also really interesting and intelligent, taking inspiration from Shakespeare, as well as some hints from Lovecraft.

Forbidden Planet is one of my new favorites. Great, pre-Star Wars effects combined with an equally great story makes for a real classic in Science Fiction film.
½ June 1, 2016
Classic, iconic sci fi which combines Shakespeare with typical 50's fantasy. Aspects of the production are obviously quite dated by now especially in its handling of female characters but the story still has plenty of intrigue.
½ May 31, 2016
Forced to watch this adaptation of Tempest as a requirement for a course. An interesting interpretation.
½ May 15, 2016
Robby the Robot, bourbon meister!
May 3, 2016
Not only a classic of the 50's. It's a masterpiece of the sci fi cinema.
March 9, 2016
It was Fifties. Very, very Fifties.
½ January 23, 2016
Forbidden Planet stands up remarkably well for a 60 year old film. The effects still look terrific and the story and it's elements can easily be seen as precursors to the future science fiction giants Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. 4 1/2 stars
January 5, 2016
This is the ultimate science-fiction movie from the 50's-60's era. It inspired everything that came after it, including Star Trek and, to a lesser extent, Star Wars. As an added bonus, it stars Leslie NIELSEN, whom you may know as Frank DREBIN from the Naked Gun movies.
½ December 9, 2015
Very boring early space drama, flatly directed, woodenly acted, mysteriously overpraised. Hard to believe Kubrick's 2001: a space odyssey was filmed only twelve years later.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2015
Good and surprisingly smart, for its time. Dazzling effects.
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2015
It was not only ahead of its time, but it's also aged beautifully and the effects are still great by today's standard.
September 15, 2015
Had no idea that was Leslie Neilson until the credits! Robbie the Robot is certainly the highlight, but some cool special effects throughout. An interesting plot that reminded me of 2001, and a "mad doctor" reminiscent of a Vincent Price character.
August 9, 2015
A sci-fi classic made in the 1950s, a robot is monitored to see people and protects them from invisible creatures, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and starring Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis and Walter Pidgeon.
July 26, 2015
This film introduced audiences to Robby the Robot, which had a spin- off career of its own from what I have heard. Sadly, this is the best aspect of Forbidden Planet. However, it is obviously a person in a suit rather than a believable robot since the robot doesn't walk rigidly, but rather as someone struggling with walking like they have a large weight as a burden.

We know the man, Morbius, is hesitant to let others come to the planet, and this becomes evident when an invisible monster, outlined with animation by people firing their blasters at it lurks about the site of the visitors' spaceship and attacks the visitors.

Later Commander Adam puts 2 and 2 together, and realizes that since Morbius was using a machine that taps into the subconscious that this monster was created by his id in an overly descriptive conversation about what the id does. If they could have played this a little more subtly instead of lecturing the audience of the power of the id, this concept would have been conveyed much better. It is a shame when writers/directors believe the audience to be stupid.

Morbius' emotions which likely set this beast off on a rampage are his extreme protection of his daughter Eve, the sex symbol virgin at the heart of this film. Practically all of the crew hits on her, including Commander Adam (aha, Adam and Eve!) which makes for awkward sexual innuendos while they flirt with her or attempt to "show" her the arousal behind kissing. The film is quite sexist with the way it portrays Eve, prancing around in "little" clothing (dress codes were a lot stricter back in the day) while Commander Adam practically tells her it is her fault that men gaze at her for what she is wearing.

This film strives for interesting ideas, and plays them off fairly well, but not as well as it could have.
May 29, 2015
Forbidden Planet seems pretty hoaky by todays standards but if you think about the film and when it was made it is a wonderful piece of scifi history.
The story about an advanced race dying off and earthlings finding their technology in the future and not being ready for it has been told time and time again and much much better but Forbidden Planet still has that old school charm about it.
Where the film truly shines is with the practical and visual FX. No CG here folks. This is classic FX work that is done in camera and with photographic trickery. It's actually quite impressive when you think about it.
Forbidden Planet may not be something most people today would enjoy but true fans of scifi should truly enjoy this first appearance of Robby the robot
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