Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

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Directors:

Michael Anderson , John Farrow

Writers:

James Poe (screenplay), John Farrow (screenplay), S.J. Perelman (screenplay), Jules Verne (book)

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20 October 2004 | Snow Leopard
Some Sequences Are Enjoyable & Satisfying, But An Uneven Movie Overall
With a project this ambitious, it probably should not be much of a surprise if some of it works very well while other portions are less effective. It's the kind of grand-scale movie that is so often highly acclaimed in its own day, regardless of what weaknesses it might have. It does have some very satisfying and entertaining sequences, yet overall the quality is uneven.

There's no question that much of Jules Verne's story readily lends itself to the screen, and a somewhat less indulgent production might have made for a pretty good movie. A number of the sequences just go on a little too long, neither advancing the story nor providing much in the way of entertainment or thematic content. The story in itself is an interesting one, and the film works best when it stays on track.

It's fun, of course, just to watch and try to catch all the cameo appearances. A few of them seem to have been forced into the script just to boost the total, but others work well. It's also enjoyable to see the footage from Méliès's "Trip to the Moon", although after that the prologue ends up dragging on a little too long.

There's more than enough here to make it worth seeing, and it is usually enjoyable - it's just that it's too long and sometimes a little too much, and a less lavish approach would probably have made it better.

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