Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Today's Special - - Karyn Gerrard
TIME TRAVEL IN MOVIES
I have always love the time travel concept in either books, television or movies. There are so many variables and directions you can go story wise with Time Travel. It is fantasy all the way, you have to suspend your disbelief and go with it. Scientists will say on paper the concept of time travel is feasible, but in reality? No.
But think of the possibilities! I asked at a few other blog visits if a stunning hunk of Regency virile masculinity asked you to go back to 1821, would you go? Most said 'no way'. They couldn't give up the creature comforts, or the more important things, like a flush toilet. Some said they would if they could travel back and forth.
So when crunch time comes in this fantasy, and it always does, what is the time traveler to do? Stay in the time he is in? Or if he can, go back to the time period he is from? The hero in my novella, "TIMELESS HEART" has this same conundrum. The heroine is also faced with a decision, does she go with the hero, or beg him to stay?
So that got me thinking about some of my favorite time travel movies, I will only touch on a few.
Time After Time was released in 1979, with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner. Malcolm plays H.G. Wells himself, and the plot cleverly works in 'Jack the Ripper' (as played by one of my favorite underrated Brit actors, Warner) Jack steals the time machine and lands in 1979 San Francisco and continues with his killings. H.G. Wells is hot on his heels, and enlists a spunky banker (Mary Steenburgen) to assist him.
Like any good Time Travel, this has suspense, drama, adventure, and yes, romance. Does Amy the bank teller go back to Victorian England with H.G Wells? I won't give it away.
Another favorite is the three-hankie weeper, 'Somewhere In Time'. I just have to hear the lush music score from John Barry and I choke up.
It was panned by critics when it was released in 1980. This is an unabashed love story first, with Fantasy and drama thrown in. There is no time machine used here, Richard Collier (The late Christopher Reeve) travels through time using hypnosis. When he meets actress Elsie McKenna (Jane Seymor) A heartbreaking romance unfolds, one of the most achingly moving love stories put to screen. The film's message, that love is such a powerful force it can punch a hole through time, resonates. The ending here? Get the Kleenex.
I love the 'Back To the Future' Movies. (1985-1990) The three of them are so different, the first was light-hearted fun, the second, much darker, and the third, I really like. The 'Old West' back drop works, it can incorporate the adventure and suspense aspect, and also throw in a romance. The love story between Doc Brown and the school marm, Clara was sweet and touching. The ending ties the three films together and it was entertaining and fun.
Just a snippet of a few of my favorites. Do you have any favorite time travel movies, or books, or television shows? Or if you like, answer that question above, about the Regency hunk asking you to go with him to 1821, can you do it? (go with the fantasy here, you're young, unattached!) Or is flush toilets, running water and penicillin just too hard to give up?
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