I always thought I should read the Wells novel too as the social political side and human evolutionary aspects are not depicted in the 1960 film. I only saw the remake once and while it was a shock, I get the impression it's closer to the novel then Pal's version. But the Pal version is a favorite!
Pal's version is...while clos-er than the remake, it's already pretty close.
George Pal keeps the idle-vs-working evolution, but throws in an anti-war subplot about WWIII being one of the great triggers of division (the Eloi are still summoned to the underground tunnels by sirens that sound oddly like air-raids), which probably didn't occur to HG when he was writing the book, but feels like it's straight out of it.
Especially when you watch it right next to HG's own Blitz-era script for "Things to Come", where he thought WWII would wipe out civilization.
(One of the things that bugs me about people who gush over Orson Welles' radio "War of the Worlds" is when they don't even notice Wells' own theme about the smug Victorian empire facing their own superior threat, and Welles using that to poke at US prewar isolationism--I never did buy his "Halloween prank" alibi.
Every time you hear people talk about it, they gush "Everybody got scared because it was so cool and REAL!"...Err, uh-uh.
The Time Machine remake pretty much completely ignores the whole social-division theme of the book, thinks Wells' theme was "Man and his technology!", and thinks it's neato that there are monsters and gadgets in the future, but maybe we'll all go back to nature someday....Err, uh-uh. )
Edited by Ejanss, December 03 2013 - 04:24 PM.