Genre Guesstimation – Beyond Tomorrow (1940)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Kristen of KN Winiarski Writes and we will be reviewing our favorite Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to classickristen@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kristen!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Classic Fantasy films (thru the 1970’s)……

“[talking with Michael O’Brien] Be born innocent it’s natural, but to die pure of heart, that’s a gift.” – George Melton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A trio of businessmen who helped a young couple get together at a dinner party at their mansion continue to try and help their budding romance even after they are killed in a plane crash during a business trip.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across during my research within this genre and was quite impressed with the premise which sounded really intriguing.

Unfortunately, the execution of it all just doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

The characters are all far too superficial and none are developed beyond the minimum.

This make sit even harder to really care about anything that happens to them along the way.

The film’s fantastical elements also remain underdeveloped and it’s quite hard to take things more seriously as one might expect.

The film has an ok cast, yet none of them are given anything to do that would hep them stand out among the rest.

The film does utilize it’s special effects well in trying to tell this story especially when one takes into consideration the era that this was produced in.

What’s unfortunate here is that they missed some great opportunities to help make things much more powerful and poignant which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line -Very interesting premise that just doesn’t work well enough. The characters are all far too superficial and it’s hard to care about any of them. The fantastical aspects of the film aren’t developed well enough and they seem much more comical than they probably should.  The cast of the film is fine, but none of them are able to truly stand out among the rest. The way that they use special effects is done well especially given the era when this was made. It’s too bad that they aren’t able to find a way to make this story more powerful and engaging.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the most famous of the handful of films produced by Lee Garmes. Garmes was better known as one of the industry’s leading Directors of Photography. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The idea is good, but the execution is lacking.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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