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The shape is a bit flat
Epic Science Fiction movie inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells. The movie has grandeur and high purpose and imaginative sets and costumes. Even a few stirring moments but ultimately falls a bit flat. Except for the Chief segment it lacks any emotional involvement. The first segment The coming of World War 2 is okay. Raymond Massey does what he can in his several parts. But trying to be humorous and noble for 2 hours is a bit much for any actor.The best segment is the middle one, the post-war world of the Chief (played well by Ralph Richardson). This section is fun and makes a number of interesting speculations on a world that is half modern and half medieval. Sort a British version of Mad Max. Just as the fun starts, the sanctimonious Wings over the World swoops in. The movie then goes into the third section where noble scientists have to battle with artsy elites lead by Sir Cedric Hardwicke. One of my favorite actors even Sir Cedric can only do so much. He tries to do his best to give the scene some passion while wearing a Greco-Roman style outfit. The movie seems to suggest that the mob/herd have only one choice either be lead by high minded technocrats or be lead by over emotional bullies and artists.Great sets by Menzies, good score and a number of fine actors. Well worth visiting by an fan of science fiction or the works of H.G. Wells. Just not a fun film. Imaginative not invigorating.
- James Coley
Why in the world is this classifed as Horror?
Things to Come is as wise as it ever was
- Gloria McMillan
This adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel _The Shape of Things to Come_ posits the dilemma of what to do about greed,war, and destruction. In most times there are blocs controlling the lives of everyday people of which they are rarely aware. Wells tried to make these forces of war and peace plain as best a man of his time could do, showing the future effects of rampaging and contending greedy forces lodged in nation states. It should be recalled that Wells thought nation states were doomed to repeated collisions unless something like a UN had the power to invoke law and sanity on them.With tycoons and oligarchs ever more in command in our won day, this film is as timely as ever. Esp. enjoyed the scene where "The Chief" interrogates the airman. The Chief (Richardson) is, to my mind, the most witty film portrait *ever* of an oligarch in a time after devastating war followed by pestilence has reduced humanity to warring villages ruled by strong men.
Things to Come
A large, stunning sci-fi film. Massey plays the man, and his descendant, who could rebuild the world after a devastating 25-years long WWII, Richardson and Hardwicke are okay as Massey's antagonist's. Although Wells' screenplay, based on his book "The Shape of Things to Come," makes engaging comments about human nature and showing the devastating world during "WWII", the character-driven piece doesn't work as well; director Menzies towering sets are gorgeous pieces. Chilling and profound, but also unusual in the bad way. I give it a 3.5/5.
Things to Come as writen by HG Wells
- Stan Rubenstein
Your one liner "2 genrations of philosophers..." is far off the mark. I saw this film firstwhen I was 12 years old and have seen it the very few times it gets replayed.The story was written by H G Wells, then a world famous historian, short story writer and novelist.He was a master of science fiction and Things to Come is his vision of civilization thrown back topriimitive times by a world war dissolving into little kingdoms run by military bosses. The film was made in 1936 and Wells' book was published years earlier 1933 anticipating WW II. the focus of what happens then is a small military fiefdom in England run by Ralph Richardson is ...while a new modern civilization created by aerial technologists arises in the Mediterranean andrescues the world's people from their war lords. The film jumps forward to the future when the new modern civilization wants to explore the Moonbut is beset by a rebellion of anti-civilization trouble makers led by Cedric Hardwicke. Raymond Massey figures in both episodes of the film and shares equal billing. A real thought provoker.
Things to Come (1936)
- Jay Higgins
This film has a lot of pro's, as well as con's. In 1936, it must have been amazing, and it certainly gets a lot of points for that. It also has vivid imagination. However, it does not hold up the test of time very well. It has such vision and scope, it will always be fascinating.
Great Anti-War Movie
I will not review this movie except to say it has been one of my favorites. It is about the people in the future who are for peace, progress, and exploration of the solar system against those for war, war and more war. It is one of the greatest anti-war movies ever. The genius H.G. Wells was so insightful as to what the 20th century would bring. The sets and industrial look to the film are wonderful. The great gun that shoots a ship into space is fantastic. My main comment is that I generally don't like colorization of the old movies, sorry Ted, but in cases like this one where the film has not been restored, it is easier to view. I wish that instead of being colorized, this important film had been restored. SOME ONE SAVE THIS FILM!!