The Time Machine

When I was in the library, deciding what to watch I saw The Time Machine (2002) sitting on the shelf. I’ve wanted to see this for ages, mostly because I dimly recall seeing the original film and liking it, and partly because I saw the trailer ages ago. So I picked it up. Oh, for a time machine now.

I mean, it wasn’t really awful — in fact, the first hour or so was quite good — but the ending was badly thought out and ultimately disappointing. It was as if we were meant to switch off our brains and just watch the CGI with glazed eyes.

Was the original version like that, and I just don’t remember? In fact, was it even that film I’m thinking of? It was in black and white, and I seem to remember that the machine was tested out using a cigar, or something daft like that.