Forbidden Planet Reviews
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.
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.
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