The Time Machine [1960]

Mrs. Watchett: “Mister Filby, do you think he’ll ever return?”
Filby: “One cannot choose but wonder. You see, he has all the time in the world.”

The Time Machine is set in London at the turn of the century in 1900 and follows a scientist and his journey of scientific breakthrough of the 4th dimensionnnnn! I really enjoyed this film. I always do enjoy old sci fi, where everything looks like it’s made from vacuum cleaner parts, so this film was really fun and endearing. The scientist H. George Wells wants desperately to leave his time and hopes that he can find a better time for humans in the future. Does he? Well, I’ll leave that up to you to find out.

What struck me most about the film was that between the stop animation and models used to depict lava, earthquakes and so on, the special effects in the film were really great for the time. I can imagine if I had seen it in the cinema in the 60s that I would have been amazed. The film does flatten out by the end, however, and I found myself hoping it would end soon. I think the script at the end could have been improved to make the main character less annoying, which would have helped a lot!

Overall, decent film. Would recommend it, with the disclaimer that it is dated in many ways.

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goofing off about The Time Machine

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