Hello my lovely readers!
For this book vs. movie post I checked out one the most influential science fiction novellas of all time: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and the 1960 adaptation which marks a milestone in sci-fi films!
A couple of friends arrive at the home of the inventor George. It January 5th 1900. The guys are surprised when after some initial delay George arrives – exhausted and clearly shaken. He claims that he’s been travelling through time since the group had last met…
Book vs. Movie:
Let’s see about the novel.
I was absolutely fascinated by Wells’ amount of imagination. He wrote the novella in 1895, so anything even resembling time travelling was yet to become a think to talk about. That’s why The Time Machine has been so extremely influential on the entire science fiction genre afterwards.
In general, Wells idea for the future are still relevant and fascinating. His novella gave me a lot of food for thought!
In 1960 director George Pal delivered the most iconic adaptation of this story with Rod Taylor in the main role.
Similar to the novella, the movie also mark a mile stone in movie history. The time-lapse photographic effects even won an Academy Award!
There are a few slight differences but in general the adaptation is very close to the original story. Rod Taylor is very convincing as time traveller. Although I have to admit I wasn’t to impressed by Yvette Mimieux. However, I am prepared to overlook this flaw and ignore a some simplifications that were made. It’s a very well done adaptation!
Summing, i was pretty impressed by both the novella and the film! Two milestone in science fiction history you should really check out!
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!