The Time Machine Reviews
(Full review TBD)
Personally, I didn't think that the movie was bad, in fact I thought it was good. However, it needs some improvement:
1. The scene where his girlfriend dies doesn't seem real enough
2. The Morlocks were also too fake
Well, not everyone is satisfied with this movie but I really don't mind it. This is a movie I could watch again.
Now here's the things I liked:
1. It was entertaining
2. Not that bad (except for a few things) for a 2002 movie
3. Contained most elements of the book
4. Good acting (However not amazing)
My rating: 82-84
The movie also suffers from a poorly depicted main character. He's supposedly a brilliant man but his flaws are so apparent that they are laughably over played making the character to seem more like a cartoon than a an adult in a real world environment. The portrayal is really too on the nose and overt, some subtlety would have gone a long way in this regard.
Instead, his character comes across as downright goofy, and awkwardly irresponsible. You might even find yourself thinking how could a man with so much intelligence not even grasp the simplicity of acting and sounding like a mature adult. Are we really expected to believe that the main character known as Alexander is so caught up in his super advanced ideas that he can't even be bothered to dust off his jacket? And if so...what is the movie trying to tell us about this type of person? Is it that being a genius is really just overrated and causes you to lose your place in society? Or is the movie trying to say that having normal relationships like everyone else is really a whole lot better than inventing life changing technology and ground breaking scientific discoveries? If that is the case, then this film is really damning our humanity by saying that we should all just focus on being part of the rat pack and conforming to the mundane expectations of society. But, perhaps that's not the message that the filmmakers were trying to convey, and instead were attempting to establish that a balance needs to exist in each person's life between aspiration and acceptance. That is to say, we should never become too wrapped up in our ideas that we neglect each other and our own base needs. Perhaps that is the message of this story, and if so that is indeed a nobel one.
. Still I think the movie just barely manages to get it's point across, which seems to be that although you might never be able to change the past, you can use it to guide your future and that somewhere out there is a time and place where you can find your very own purpose and importance. However, you have to be willing to accept it at the moment instead of always looking to the future or comparing the present to the past. I think it's a good message, but to really pick up on it you would have to dwell on the film for quite some time which is more than most people would be willing to do. This movie just comes off as a watch it once and forget about it type of deal, without any top performances or big celebrities to hold your attention. The film suffers in its own subtleties with a plot that has to be excavated skillfully rather than a movie that tells you what is going and why things are. For example you probably wouldnt be able to decipher the effect the main character had on society as he travels through the years, from watching this movie just once. Not unless you pay extra special attention to what most people would assume was just throw away dialog to pass the moment.
I feel like most people would consider this filmt to be unsatisfying as I did the first few times.
But, this movie does have a lot of flaws. The first and biggest would be that it tries too hard to give a story to a novel that was mostly a series of ideas. The novel and the original picture are fairly simple. A man discovers a way to travel through time, goes to the future where his time machine is missing, and has to teach the people to fight their oppressors so he can get his machine back. This movie introduces a lot of other plot elements and characters that turn it from a thought provoking story that feels like an idea with room to grow to a bloated summer blockbuster. There are things such as a dead girlfriend that prompts the Time Traveler (who has a name this time around, Alexander,) to go BACK in time to figure out a way to save her. However, every attempt fails, and he decides to shoot forward into the future to figure out why he can't change the past. This is the main focus of the film. This is unfortunate, because while it is a good idea, it would be much more suitable in another film that has nothing to do with the Time Machine. This is what the writers hope the takeaway is, but the original novel had a much more thought provoking and scary central idea, where we learn that the peaceful and human looking Eloi AREN'T the direct evolution of humanity, and that they are an offshoot of the Morlocks, the cave dwelling creatures that use the Eloi as slaves. It goes from a grim look at the future to a hopeful story about learning to fight back against your oppressors, and while I think this is a diversion from the original idea, it isn't the worst thing they could have done. It just reduces the movie to a feel good summer blockbuster instead of a sci-fi drama. However, great performances and music help the movie to soar. All in all, it is definitely enjoyable, but it isn't as good as reading the novel for the first time. If you want a more accurate adaptation, watch the 1960 George Pal version, which is also very entertaining.