Thursday, July 17, 2008

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D

Let's get this out of the way: I loved it. I'm a sucker for 3-D movies, and if I'd seen this one when I was 12 years old, I'd have stayed right there in the theater and watched it again. Everybody knows the story. The twist this time is that Jules Verne's book isn't a novel. It's nonfiction. So a scientist and his nephew go looking for proof of that. They hook up with a hot mountain guide along the way, fall immense distances without harm, deal with monsters and such, and seem to be having a great time. Sure, the "science" makes no sense. Who cares? This isn't a documentary. Give your inner kid a treat and check it out.

4 comments:

  1. I haven't seen it yet but having liked the 3D in BEOWULF, I'm tempted to catch it in a suitably equipped theater. I'm heartened that this old warhorse keeps getting remade (there was a made-for-cable version a couple of months ago, with Rick Shroeder, and another one a few years ago with Treat Williams). Maybe Hollywood doesn't completely suffer from the tendency to forget stories that were written before last Monday. I'm still fond of the James Mason/Pat Boone version, probably because I was the right age of 10 when I first saw it, but it's probably hopelessly old-fashioned for today's kids. Maybe the recent nostalgia for the NASA moon missions will prompt somebody to remake FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON.

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  2. The Pat Boone version had the goose. I didn't really miss it in this one, though.

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  3. Roger Ebert said it would have appealed to his inner eight-year-old. Overall, though, he didn't care for it that much.

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  4. Roger's much more mature than I am. His inner 8-year-old is like my 12-year-old.

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