Sci-fi Shakespeare might have been an interesting concept, but I enjoyed Robby & Leslie more. Some pretty cool classic special effects in thrown in, too (including firing the beast scene), I can say for which had set a groundbreaking standard at the time and has still influenced many sci-fi filmmakers today. (What about mentioning some of Francis' dresses inspiring Agutter's later in LOGAN'S RUN?) 3/5
The film was undoubtedly at it's best when it gave screen time to it's idiotic characters, especially Robby, and their conversations. In short, I enjoyed it's camp factor. However, as pure sci-fi, it was conceptually unimaginative, spent too much time on exposition and just felt like a poor twilight zone episode. Still, I was charmed by it's effects even though I was always distracted by the design of Robby's legs.
When I first saw this movie I didn't quite understand it but it was really fun to watch. I realize now the film is a classic piece of american camp. The special effects are stupendous for it's time and the film has my favorite robotof all time. The colors in the film add an articulate sense of wonder. I think I will always love "The Forbidden Planet."