Released 1960 (Italy)
American, in English
Director - George Pal
Stars - Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux
Inventor H. George Wells (Taylor) creates a time machine that he uses to take a fantastical journey into the future. Young co-stars as George’s friend, David Filby, and Mimieux as George’s love interest, Weena.
Violence; minor gore.
I didn’t like George. He’s histrionic, sanctimonious, and incredibly condescending toward Weena. I’m unsure if it’s because she’s young or because she’s a woman or a little bit of both. Whatever the reason, it’s very annoying.
I liked David. Everyone could use a friend like him.
The beginning, while slow, was pretty interesting to me. I enjoyed the discussion of the fourth dimension and time travel.
So, there are a lot of movies on this list based on the fiction of H.G. Wells. Also, I recently read one of his books (The Island of Dr. Moreau) for my book group. With so much exposure to him, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not a fan of H.G. Wells. I find his writing to be juvenile, I tend to not like his main characters (who are often histrionic), and he reuses ideas frequently. Every time another Wells story appears on my list, my heart sinks.
After reading a synopsis of the book, it seems that this version of the movie (there are several remakes) follows it most closely, but I think it suffers a lot from the time period it was filmed during. It’s goofy, the special effects are bad, and the music is almost painfully overbearing. I do think there were a couple of good ideas in there, but the execution was poor. I’m genuinely shocked that it has such great reviews on IMDB. I thought it was a boring chore.
I give it 2 stars.