Things to Come
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H. G. Wells was both the author of the original source -- an essay, rather than an actual novel, concerning mankind's future -- and the screenplay (in conjunction with Lajos Biro) of this epic science fiction tale, but it was producer Alexander Korda who framed the terms on which it is presented, vast and elegant, and visually striking. Opening in the year 1940, we see the next century of human history unfold, initially with amazing prescience. In Everytown (a stand-in for London) in 1940, the people prepare to celebrate Christmas amid rumors and rumblings of war -- forward-thinking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Things to Come is an unusual picture, a fantasy, if you will, with overtones of the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon comic strips. But it is, as well, a picture with ideas which have been expressed dramatically and with visual fascination."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"[An] imaginative, only occasionally naive forecast of the age of nuclear warfare in 1936."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"a disappointing lesson learned about the limitations of amazing imagery bereft of interesting characters and narrative"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A truly epic work which continues to fascinate."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An astonishing black-and-white visualization of Wells' view of the future."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This is England's first $1 million picture. It's an impressive but dull exposition of a bad dream."
‑ , Variety
"As troublesome as Wells' philosophy may be, especially his faith in technocracy, Things certainly helped urge the medium into a new era - another Nation's Birth of artistry, and ignorance."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film International
"Its lecture-dialogue stilted and ideas simplistic, 'Things to Come' is nevertheless a worthy visual experience."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Spookily prescient in many of its ideas, this is fascinating whilst being a little clumsy and dated, even for its time."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"Landmark sci-fi achievement by Menzies, and still imitated."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"In the realm of 'prophetic science fiction', it is a genre landmark."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"(Wells) never imagined our 21st century gadgets would be so tiny; pocket-sized streaming devices for a population more interested in gazing at navels than at stars."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Essential viewing today for anyone interested in the history of celluloid science fiction, but general audiences will most likely find it to be dull."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Wells' heart must have sunk as audiences avoided his impassioned and idealistic -- yet dour and didactic -- cri de coeur."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"At once dated and weirdly modern, this may not be the film Wells wanted it to be, but it's still more ambitious and impressive than most fantasy cinema of the past 30 years."
‑ Jim Hall, Film4
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