George Pal directed this 1960 science fiction film starring Rod Taylor. It is solid and frequently great, but ultimately too typical and dated film. Based upon the eponymous book, the film follows an inventor in Victorian England who constructs the time machine and travels to the distant future where humans have divided into two species: the passive Eloi and the cannibalistic Morlocks who feed on the Eloi. The source material doesn’t contain those trips to the 1910s and 1940s for obvious reasons and those were the highlights. Not only were they interesting to watch, but also visually arresting.
The second half in the future is so underwhelming, clichéd and dated. Some aspects and some conversations were there, but the entire concept is so archaic by now it would have gotten rid of the Morlocks and just stayed with the Eloi and that would have made this movie much better. The structure in the beginning and the ending being in present time and the film tied up pretty well, but the entire future segment still felt weak and unfinished.