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Around the World in 80 Days back to product details

horrendously bad
written by boarder April 12, 2005 - 10:14 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I watched this movie with the preconception that it probably wouldn't be good, but at least it would be fun, silly and visually interesting. It didn't even live up that low standard. The acting was absolutely terrible. I'm not sure why they cast that woman as someone French, but she couldn't fake an accent if her life depended on it. There were so many ethnic stereotypes that were performed by substandard actors that I was offended and groaning in pain every few minutes. The story barely even centered around this great inventor's skill as a scientist. They just road around in a train, boat or car to get everywhere. The visual effects and story were the bland Disney fare we're used to but without any spirit or energy. The only truly funny moments came near the end, but the ending killed any leftover smile you might have had.

Remember Drunken Master?
written by awehman November 29, 2004 - 10:40 AM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
For the Jackie Chan afficionados out there, there's a rehash of Jackie's brawling with a bench from Drunken Master midway through the movie. It's part of a pretty elaborate fight scene with a large team of Jackie's stuntsmen plus Sammo Hung. There's also a cute Buster Keaton-esque slapstick routine in a kitchenette on the Orient Express.

Around the World... Yet Again.
written by talltale November 2, 2004 - 7:04 AM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
The remake of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS is so much more fun--zippier and more creative, while certainly no sillier--than the original that it's surprising the film wasn't more popular with audiences. It actually offers better "family entertainment" than most movies that opened in theatres this past summer. Nutty it is, but you may find the nuttiness quite contagious. Steve Coogan ("24-Hour Party People") might seem an odd choice for leading man, but he comes through just fine in every department. Jackie Chan in the Cantinflas role is terrific, too. He's getting a little old for these high jinks, but he still delivers. It's the cameos, however, that take the film over the top. The new governor of California is a delight here (his best roles are usually comedy: remember "Junior"?); ditto Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates and others. The movie is old-fashioned in a number of ways, but this is what will make it appealing to all members of the family. The violence is exaggerated and funny, never bloody, and there are ample bits of wit and sophistication scattered throughout (the use of American icons like the Statue of Liberty is accomplished in terrific fashion). The film starts slowly, and perhaps a bit too goofily (choose the "alternate beginning" option on the dvd) but unlike most others of this ilk, it gets better as it rumbles along. It's often gorgeous to look at, too: all in all, one of the year's more pleasant surprises.


(Average 5.40)
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