"Voyage to the Moon" is a 1902 film by George Melies based on two different novels:
"From The Earth to The Moon" by Jules Verne (1865),
"The First Men In The Moon" by H.G.Wells (1901).
This film expresses an imagination that wasn't thought of plausibly until the late 50's which puts it in the sci-fi genre but with hints of fantasy and comedy. It has obvious elements of slapstick style comedy when objects fall, and on the moon when they encounter the, for what of a better word, "aliens" and the way they explode when they get hit with a simple stick. This is also a good example of the stop motion used because it is almost seamless transitions as the "aliens" disappear. For the early 1900s this type of technology is used sparingly for good effect.
The version of the film being reviewed is with the score remastered by Don Meyers. Meyers has used a full orchestra to create this vast score that not only complements the "epic" story line, but connects with the audience to give them the sense of being with the astronomers on their expedition.This film restores faith in people as the main character expresses his dream and his passion to his colleges and when they laugh and ridicule him, he has the courage to go out and achieve his dream.
Melies being the pioneer he was, producing over 500 films, set the bar for new directors/producers making their way into the industry. He has been an inspiration to many new artists, including Martin Scorsese who loosely based his 2011 film "Hugo" about Melies.