Much like 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', this superb sci-fi movie was not truly appreciated until decades after it first came out.
Admittedly, liberties are taken with several fundamental laws of physics. But in every other way, this is a wonder-full classic film that takes itself just seriously enough, while retaining a sense of optimism and humour in the face of some pretty grim adversity. Credit for this is due to the atypical-for-the-genre muted performances by all (even the monkey!), the beautiful cinematrophic elements, and well-paced direction.
Everyone in front of and behind the camera was at their best on this film, the writing and dialogue (or lack of it for much of the film) are faceted and intelligent, and what got done with the tiny SFX budget is a miracle. I find myself getting totally involved, no matter how many times I've seen this film.
When all the news seems dark, and everyone is turning to hopeful optimism while confronting difficult times ahead, this film pays tribute to the human will, spirit and determination to overcome the obstacles life always brings with it.
This movie can be enjoyed by and is suitable for all family members.