Thursday, January 26, 2017

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Original 1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Movie Review

Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) returns to his small town to find people claiming their loved ones are not really them--initially dismissing these claims, Bennell soon finds the folks are telling the truth, and discovers the horrifying reason behind it. I will let you all know right up front that I am NOT going to go into the political themes that may or may not be present in this film--we will not be discussing Communism, McCarthyism, or any other ism for that matter, except to say this: I believe these themes, or at least the speculation of them, is why this movie has been talked about, remembered, and acclaimed so much over the years.

Well, and the pods of course

The acting is really hit or miss in this movie--McCarthy (not responsible for McCarthyism, in case you're wondering) really nails it when he gets frantic, but as a smooth talking Doc, he leaves a lot to be desired. Speaking of which, half the time spent in this film is Bennell trying to woo long time friend, and married woman, by the way, Becky Driscoll (Dana Wynter). 

He could do worse

Naturally, this forbidden affair takes up too much time and really takes away from the film, particularly when they realize the entire town has changed into Pod People and, whilst running away from them, Bennell is STILL trying to seduce Becky Outside of this, however, the story is very good and the much talked about ending, abrupt as it may be, is satisfying. The scenes involving the people emerging from the pods are also absolutely fantastic. If you watch this movie expecting one of the all time great science fiction films, you may be disappointed--if you watch with zero expectations, you will enjoy it.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6


Invasion of the Body Snatchers Movie Trailer

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