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The film, almost seventy five years after its release as this review is written, still provides a dilemma that could be endlessly discussed on the human condition.
A man is given unlimited power by three deities as they look down on the earth. The mind of Wells is highly visible as the plot develops.
It is approached in a tongue in cheek manner and the special effects of the time must have been very labor intensive in relation to the genius of todays computer graphics.
The moral questions could employ any philosopher in endless discussion. A relatively young Ralph Richardson portraying an old character gives us a glimpse into the early career of a classic British actor.
In a strange way it is a kind of feel good movie and very thought provoking. It may also intrigue the present day viewer as they consider the possibility of the cinema goer in the 1930s wondering how the camera tricks were performed.
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