Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Reviewed

Bloated but colorful adaptation of the Jules Vern novel miscasts James Mason as a Scottish scientist who has uncovered an explorer’s detailed directions, via the mouth of an Icelandic volcano, to the earth’s core – which is less an unlivable world of molten rock and more a world of beautiful crystals, hidden cities (Atlantis?!) and dinosaur-like lizard monsters. Who knew? Pat Boone, of all people, plays Mason’s bright young (singing) protégé. Thayer David has the Peter Lorre/Dr. Smith role. With a running time exceeding two hours it takes way too long to get to the “journey” part of the story. The budget shows in the good effects and impressive sets. Boone sings “My Love is a Red, Red Rose” and spends most of the movie with his shirt off. A little too “gee-whiz” to be very exciting.
** ½

~ by Number5ive on February 22, 2010.

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