06
Jul
13

Time After Time (1979)

Jack the Ripper vs. H. G. Wells

Jack the Ripper vs. H. G. Wells

Picture it: London, 1893. Jack the Ripper (David Warner) is on the loose and about to hang out with one of his best friends, the author H. G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) who has just built a time machine. Wells’ intention is to travel into the future, where he believes man has advanced far beyond violence and capitalism and is living in complete harmony. When the cops knock on Wells’ door looking for Mr. Ripper, he bolts into the basement and jumps into the time machine – hoping Wells’

A trip to the future can be a little rough.

A trip to the future can be a little rough.

vision of the future is far from true.

Indeed, violence and greed is still a very integral part of 1979 San Francisco; a virtual playground for a man like Jack the Ripper! Once Wells discovers his “friend” has taken the time machine, he knows he has to go after him and bring him to justice. And so begins a jaunt into the future, where Wells is delightfully befuddled by all things, and somehow magically manages to get into a very pretty young woman’s good graces

Amy & H. G. - a very strange couple!

Amy & H. G. – a very strange couple!

(Mary Steenburgen).

This movie is one of the cutest I’ve ever seen, and not in some horrible, sickening way.  I’m used to seeing Malcolm McDowell play the bad guy; I never would have guessed he’d be such a damn charming good guy! And David Warner, as one might expect, is excellent to watch as Jack the Ripper. It’s thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish and I’d recommend this to just about anyone out there.

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