Tonight I just went to see the new Time Machine movie. I haven't read the novel of which it is based on, but the movie was great!!
And there was one thing especially that suprised me aboutr this movie: the leader of the Morlocks looked exactly like Elric of Melnibone!! Did anyone else notice this in the movie when they saw it?
March 18th, 2002, 12:02 PM
I've seen it, but I didn't like it that much. It was an okay movie... I was surprised how different it was from the book. Anyways, I can't really answer your question, sorry, but I don't know who Elric of Melnibone is...
March 22nd, 2002, 11:16 AM
That was the first thing I thought when Jeremy Irons came onscreen: that's Elric!!! http://www.sffworld.com/ubb/smile.gif
I'd have to say, though, that I was disappointed in the movie. Guy Pearce, Orlando Jones, and Jeremy Irons did good acting jobs, but the rest of the acting was pretty mediocre. The special effects were good, but not enough to carry the story. I enjoyed the elements that they added to Wells' original story, such as his motivation for going back in time and the stopover where he met Orlando Jones and when the moon exploded. Unfortunately, I don't think they did justice to Wells' original story. They changed the whole ending and I thought they just mauled it by doing so. I just thought they could have done a much better job overall.
March 22nd, 2002, 03:56 PM
Well I'm an old fart and as such a fan of the orignal movie and the H.G. Welles book.(By the way the director Peter Welles is H.G.'s great grandson)
I was wee bit disappointed that the allegory of Welles book of "the rich", (Morlocks) feeding of "the poor" (Eloi) was too literal, and left nothing to your imagination. Recall that the wealthy could afford to go underground and the poor were stuck on the surface after the demise of the moon. I just felt the seperation of rich and poor aspect was trampled under foot inorder to bring a Hollywood style threat in the form of a monster into the story.
However concerning Jermey Irons resemblance to Elric, I would have to agree only marginally because the ghastly exposed raw spine thing threw me for a loop. It seemed a bit contrived.
Yet the thought of any resemblance, to Elric, was fleet and passing. You see I love Elric, as well as Chronicles of Corum, very much.
I could not for one instance imagine a Hollywood director and producer who would willingly tackle Elric and his world and bring him to the masses. I think the pap fed masses would choke on one as unique as Elric.
Yet I must applaud you that you, one of the very few anymore, who think of Elric enough to see him in a place that only Elric could make darkly glorious.
April 5th, 2002, 12:39 AM
actually, enazwo, wasn't it the other way round?
I remember the rich being the guys on the surface of the world making the poor working class guys work for them underground. Sort of a "socialist criticism of the unfairness of the industrial revolution"-kind of thing. And eventually the rich guys became so dependent on their "servants" they stopped being able to provide for themselves and became no more than livestock.
I was pissed off that the movie didn't go into that at all.