I first saw Forbidden Planet during the Paramount Summer Film Series, probably around 97' or 98'. With my buddy Matt, come to think of it.
|None of this ever really happens in the movie, but, whatevs...|
They tell me the movie is a sci-fi version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, but I have no idea. I've never seen or read it. But I have seen Forbidden Planet about seven or eight times, and every time, I like it better. Sure, it stars Leslie Nielsen of Naked Gun fame in a dramatic role, which is weird, but it's such a great bit of its time and a snapshot of exploration sci-fi that is a now-kind-of-dead genre (and if you can't see the direct impact on Star Trek, you aren't paying attention).
The visual and audio FX in this movie make it an amazing experience, with the debut of Robbie the Robot, Krell architecture, amazing sets, spaceships, matte backgrounds that are truly massive and alien. And even the hand-drawn animation of the Id Monster holds up amazingly well, in its way.