Interestingly enough, I felt that “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was one of the most realistic films that we have watched thus far. Personally, I would say this is due to the fact that the characters all seem to be your very typical run of the mill townsfolk. The females in the movie play typical motherly and even submissive roles as a nurse, a stay at home mother, and a secretary while the males take charge, as doctors, police and the like. This sets the stage for the rest of the film as Miles takes control of nearly every situation, Becky in distress trailing behind. Ultimately this relationship is incredibly typical of the era of the film, an era torn apart by fear of McCarthyism.
The body snatching pods have created a world much like Thomas More’s Utopia, in that all is even and seemingly perfect, though this can only be achieved with the destruction of independent thought. The impact of the pods was felt primarily on the mental states of the changed, creating a chilling production, one that personally I would fear more than physical pain. However, the pod people seemed so peaceful, given their lack of emotion that perhaps Miles should have just given in. Miles was instead so high strung, fearing any interaction with humanity. As he ran down the highway, he seemed so possessed by the fear and from an outsider’s view, Miles was in fault, even crazed.
On a side note, I have always found something so tired and true about black and white classics, perhaps due to my immediate connection to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” and the like. However, this same feeling rings true here as well. As scared and even insane as the characters become, I still felt a sense of hope for Becky and Miles even when the police (and nearly the rest of the transformed Santa Mira) were in full chase for them. Black and while brings back an innocence factor that is rare in the box office hits of today, making “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” a bit refreshing as out of date it is.