The First Men In The Moon (BBC)

Posted by 30th October 2010

Watching The BBC’s latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic “The First Men In The Moon” was a truly wonderful way to spend 90 minutes. Mark Gatiss has proven himself a fantastic storyteller at the best of times (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock), but this latest foray into classic science fiction is a particularly delightful adventure.

On the day of the 1969 moon landing, a young boy listens intently while an elderly kinematographer recounts the story of how decades earlier he became the first man on (and indeed in) the moon.”

Gatiss brilliantly plays Professor Cavor, an absent minded genius who’s invention launches himself and failed businessman Julius Bedford (Rory Kinnear) on an adventure into space.  Cavor is a fansastic character, every bit the mad scientist, and the lunar capsule is yet another beautiful creation from the BBC props department, accentuating the steampunk feel of the film perfectly.  There’s even a homage to the 1902 film “A Trip To The Moon“, the iconography from which will be familiar to almost everyone.

It was shown last week on BBC in the UK. I’m not sure of plans to air in other countries but I’d highly recommend keeping an eye out for this particular gem.

Check out the Review or watch now on iPlayer (UK only, I’m afraid).

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