YMMV: The Time Machine (2002)

  • Crowning Musicof Awesome: "Eloi," "Stone Language," and "Godspeed" apply to this.
  • Designated Villain: The Über-Morlock. He's supposed to be evil because he controls the monstrous-looking Morlocks preying on the more conventionally human Eloi, but he comes off as the smartest character in the film and his argument for this state of affairs being "800,000 years of evolution" makes more sense than Alexander's claim that it's a perversion of nature. He even logically explains why Alexander can't prevent his girlfriend's death, his entire motive for time travelling in the first place, and after giving him the answer, permits him to leave without a fight. In fact, it's Alexander that attacks him first.
  • Hype Backlash: Marketing for the film constantly remind us that Simon Wells is HG's great grandson. While Simon has proven himself to be a talented director, his work may be better suited to making Animated Feature Films.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Of course the Morlocks are Magnificent Bastards and the Eloi are Idiot Heroes!
  • Narm: "The Über-Morlock"? Really?
    • It could have been worse. They could have called him "Peak Morlock."
  • One-Scene Wonder: As with the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact, the Morlocks were given a leader that had not existed previously, in order to explain what was going on those unfamiliar with the source material. Played with a side of cheese by Jeremy Irons.
  • Strawman Has a Point: See Designated Villain.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The Trope Namer, specifically Guy Pearce, at least according to Roger Ebert.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Arguably, this film's aversion of the trope is surprising. The book uses the Eloi-Morlock split as a commentary on class, but the 1960 film treats it as the outcome of nuclear war. Replacing nuclear war with genetic engineering seems almost too obvious an update (given that the root differences between Eloi and Morlocks are evolutionary/genetic), but instead it is changed to "lunar colony accident" by way of a more generic (or at least ambiguous) Science Is Bad message.