This is a new weekly feature every Sunday that highlights all the movies I’ve seen while I’m on “Holiday”*. By the way, season’s greetings!
20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954, DVD
Starring Kirk Douglas, this is an interesting adaptation of the novel by Jules Verne. Captain Nemo is suitably mad and Professor Arronax is the university archetype, but all of the action scenes carry on for longer than my MTV-trained attention span can cope with. Douglas’ accent grates as the only American on board, but other than those points, it’s a pretty good movie that almost stands up to today’s standards. It was interesting to note that the environmental message Nemo espouses at one point was way ahead of its time.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 2008, DVD
I have a vast love for Brendan Fraser and this movie is no exception. Yet another Vernian adaption, this movie gives a nod to the source material in more ways than one. A whole lot less wet than other modern adaptions but definitely not great. If it weren’t for Fraser, I probably wouldn’t have watched the whole thing.