Friday, 6 July 2012

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Based on the Jules Verne novel this film from 1959 follows an Edinburgh Professor played by James Mason and his companions as they journey through the the Earth's Crust via an Icelandic Volcano. Based in 1880 this film is a fantasy adventure that explores the difficulty of a perilous journey and the dangers that you might face. With a supporting cast of Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker, Thayer David and Peter Ronson it is a fun family based film in the same ilk as Swiss Family Robinson and the Original Dr Dolittle.

This film is like a child's imagination brought to life about what you might encounter if you were to go to the centre of the earth, when you actually have no idea what it might contain. They encounter chrystals and Giant Lizards and they find an ocean and of course at the end of the film there are two parts the bad guiys get their comeuppance and the good guys get the happy ending.

The difficulty with this film is the fact that it is over 50 years old and is really from a different world with the fact that I think many people who saw this in 1959 would actually have believed what they were seeing was possible if not actually correct. However saying that with modern sensibilities it can still be enjoyed as a fantastical journey, however modern audiences will find it quite slow, I would give it 3 stars, not worth seeking out unless you enjoy older or historical cinema.

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