The film's 'future' dates itself with the "United Nations Space Agency" - which is infinitely hilarious - and on that front the script has a whimsy that lends it enough charm to be passable (anti-gravity paint!). Beautiful production design, too. But this frivolity backfires - our lead character is a world-class prick, laughing off the unintentional genocide of an entire alien civilization.
With a comedic tone (most prevalent before liftoff) and great special effects by Harryhausen, this lighthearted film has thrills and the spirit of Wells in tact even as it becomes underwhelming once they reach the lunar surface. It lacks a certain energy that comes and goes w/ Harryhausen's effects but it's a solid film to enjoy.
Certainly not one of the better films in the Harryhausen canon. This incredibly dated HG Wells adaptation must have even been hokey in its release year of 1964. Wooden acting, poor intergration of effects and a silly script. Hard to believe that we were only five years from the moon landing with the poor science on display here. On the plus side some really beautiful matte paintings on display.