“The Day The Earth Stood Still was always crap. Even a little kid could tell that there was something wrong about a movie where we’re asked to celebrate an alien who comes down and forces Earthlings to change their ways
“The Day The Earth Stood Still was released in 1951. Thankfully, the film failed. That’s proven by the greatness of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Hugh Marlowe stars in the latter, after playing the xenophobic bad guy in the former. He’s a lot more believable in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. A lot of the credit goes to screenwriter Curt Siodmak, who improves on the source novel. Siodmak had fled the Nazis and knew better than to trust foreign leaders threatening genocide if everyone doesn’t conform to their view of responsible behavior.
You’ll notice that the aliens are quick to attack every nation on the planet. Some critics still cling to that peaceful pose as a moral anti-war point. That’s so they can pretend to like a fun classic film. Leftists need an excuse for that kind of thing.