Journey the Center of the Earth was one of my favorite books when I was a kid – I read it every year and loved the old movie too. When I noticed the posters advertising the new 3D version, I knew I wanted to see it with M.
Some movies have to be seen on the big screen, and this is one of them. The 3D is way better than the old red & blue glasses, not to mention some of the mediocre attempts from the 80s that I just had to see as a kid. That would include the obvious one – Jaws 3D – as well as the lesser known Molly Ringwold classic, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared Syn. (at least I think she was in it…)
The story is better than expected – instead of updating the book or classic movie, the movie involves the book as part of the plot. Was it a work of fiction, written by the creator of the scienti-fiction genre? Or was it real? Regardless, it’s not a deep story with tremendous acting – it’s aimed squarely at peeps who want to see cool stuff and take a joy ride.
The 3D effects are, overall, quite good. The last 3D movie I saw was an IMAX shark documentary that was mediocre, but here the 3D is pretty constant and well done. It’s worth the effort to see it in 3D – I actually jumped in my seat a couple of times, which hasn’t happened in a theatre since I was 17 (the creepy spinal meningitis chick running at the camera in Pet Sematary caused that).
If you’re not a discerning movie watcher (which I’m decidedly not these days – I like stuff that either makes me laugh or involves lots of things blowing up), then I’d recommend watching this with the kids. It’s fun, exciting and the 3D effects are finally something worth seeing.