YMMV / The Time Machine (2002)

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Did Alexander attack the Über-Morlock first to give the Elois a chance to survive, or for using his girlfriend Emma's death as an example in their argument on what is considered the natural law.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Eloi," "Stone Language," "Time Travel," "Morlocks Attack," 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. It didn't help that the parts of the film generally agreed to be the most effective were actually directed by the uncredited Gore Verbinski rather than Wells.
  • 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.