Monday, July 14, 2008

Journey to the Center of the Cineplex

I just had to do it.

I went to see the current incarnation of Jules Verne's The Journey to the Center of the Earth at my local cineplex, and in case you didn't notice it's The glasses are a little better, but it is still the same cheesy effect. Having the sleepy-eyed Brendan Fraser in the lead role didn't help it any. They did have the attractive Anita Briem as the capable Icelandic guide (although they gave her a boy's last name- does anyone even look at these scripts?) and some nice helicopter scenes of the Icelandic countryside. Once you got into the caves that led to the center of the earth it was lots and lots of falling and THINGS COMIN' AT YA!This really isn't a movie, it is a virtual roller coaster ride.
The 1959 version, with James Mason and Pat Boone(!) was better in two dimensions than this one was.

By Professor Batty



7 Comments:

Blogger Rose said...

Hmmm. Guess I'll wait till it comes to the second run theater. Sounds kinda fun, though...


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... a good kid's movie. The Icelandic elements (scenery, Anita) are the best part. I actually saw Anita's father playing drums in his fusion jazz band Mezzoforte in Iceland in 2004!


Anonymous Jon said...

So where does the journey begin? Myvatn? I think I would watch it just for the moments of Icelandic scenery.


Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

You should catch her in Köld slóð, if you ever have a chance.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Jon- there are scenes that look to be near Grindavík and then some possibly in Snæfellsness, although they don't climb the glacier...

K- thanks for the tip, they are always appreciated. Meyja?


Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

Meyja isn't as much virgin as she is a young woman....saucy!


Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

Forgot to mention that it's a line from a poem...

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