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Things to Come
The future is here!
Late 1960 and the world consists of feudal cities after decades of a global war and plague. 2035 and the world has been rebuilt with fantastic technology, but has progress gone too far and has man learned anything.
My immediate reaction to Things to Come is essentially the same as it was to Avatar - a big budget spectacle with a too-preachy message and a fairly dull story. While I did appreciate the anthological structure to Things to Come, the stories of each of the time periods (present-day war, dystopian fiefdom, and futuristic utopia) were littered with overly dramatic, overly talkie, and overly dry characters that I really couldn't care less about, let alone the sheer horror I felt imagining having these types of people running society. Without a lick of intentional humor and a surprising lack of overt optimism until the end of the last act, the film beats the horrors of war over your head while…
Epic in scope and impressive in design, but severely lacking in engaging characters. The structure is such that you never really get a chance to care about anything that is happening. You begin with a pastoral Christmas setting in "Everytown" with the rumblings of an impending war permeating the news and conversation. We spend a few minutes with some friends and family celebrating, but it is very brief and we are quickly thrust into quite an epic and visually amazing war.
From there we see a plague, then a resulting regrouping of Everytown under a half-wit oligarch, then his downfall, then we get Utopia. This all occurs by flashing forward chunks at a time and we only get a relatively…
Difficult to rate this guy, as the visual effects in this are extraordinary, regardless of the time it was made. It continued to impress me till the end, and the look and feel were very original.
But good grief the script is terrible. Everything is so preachy and hammy, I was so bored with what they were saying and just waiting on the next effects sequence, that I'm still unclear on the film's message.
It's fun to look back at the future.
Made in 1936, this movie spans a centuries time period. Starting at the cusp of another world war, the story advances a decade showing the devastation that the war has caused. Society is in ruins. Only small villages are left. Technology is stone aged at best. Then a wave of technical progress and evolution takes holds. 80 years later, the threat is that now progress with smother out what it means to be human.
The immediate visual reference for this film is Fritz Lange's METROPOLIS. But unlike that movie, this film lacks any real sense of humanity or the struggles of man.
The acting in this film is so stilted and Shakespearean…
In some respects, this is an Interesting foray into the barbed narcissism of mankind's megalomania. In others it's an exercise in production design.
The dialogue is an afterthought, and the acting is victimized by its own inability to elevate itself out of what seems like a community sponsored stage play where everyone is desperately trying to show their chops ("I AM SHOUTING!" "I AM FURTIVELY LISTENING" "I AM WEARING A CLOAK").
From an academia standpoint it's interesting, but it's also indulgent and boring as hell.
Sometimes, when I watch an old film like Things To Come, I wonder if I'm being really patronising with my thoughts towards some aspects of it. I even felt patronising calling it an "old film" just then.
By this I mean that I looked at so many things in Things To Come with such utter amazement, always partnering this amazement with thoughts like, "Cor, how could they do that back then? Surely that was impossible! They didn't even have computers back then!" I can't help it. Maybe the makers could have regarded this as a complement to their ingenuity, though, I don't know.
Of course, they got by, on this occasion, on using what they had available and astonishing levels…
Dear god was this boring. No characters to really grab on to until WAY into the film. Extremely and transparently preachy. Some of the visuals are interesting, but not enough to really make any of this worthwhile. Also interesting to note the wandering sickness very much pre-dating zombies as we know them today.
The beginning was good, the rest put me to sleep.
Like with The Thief of Baghdad, was struck by just how much Korda (and Menzies, I'm assuming) gets just what kind of spectacle is awe-inspiring, and how best the show it. However Thief also has real characters and actors, and doesn't rely on endless monologues to get through scenes. This is a very boring movie that is still compelling due to just how expensive it seems to be, with these incredible huge looking sets and hundreds of extras.
I feel for this movie. I really do. It tries everything short of screaming the message so as to get it across. There's certainly a relevant message in there somewhere; but unfortunately it's drowned out by hilariously wooden performances. The ending had me in stitches, which is the exact opposite of what I think they intended. I felt absolutely nothing for the characters, excluding the first group of people at the beginning. However, William Cameron Menzies doesn't fail to astound with those glorious futuristic sets. Incredibly modern and way ahead of its time. Such a shame, because if this movie were handled a little more expertly it could have been a great classic.
I must admit, I was greatly amused by Ralph Richardson parading around in a splendid fur cape. His was probably my favorite performance.
Menzies gets 2 direct this hg wells' sci-fi look at the future
cool concept, but had trouble telling which characters were which, and if they spanned timeframes. all those white people look alike.
The effects really do earn their keep, and it's been 80 years, so here's a better than deserved score.
High school speculative philosophy paper propped up entirely by the strength of its spectacular visuals. Seriously man, Things To Come is a fucking technical marvel. It dwarfs the scope of the modern blockbuster, it is just SO ahead of its time. Too bad the writing just comes up flaccid and unworthy of such dazzling treatment.
Design >>>>>>> storytelling and character
UPDATED: August 18, 2016
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