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Around the World in Eighty Days
It's a wonderful world, if you'll only take the time to go around it!
Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.
White English people are better than everybody else.
This has got to be one of the most boring Best Picture winners ever. The story follows a rich British dude (David Niven) who makes a wager that he can travel around the world in eighty days. On that journey, nothing of any significance happens. He runs into various cultural stereotypes, but any obstacle he encounters seems to be solved pretty easily. And while there are some set-pieces, most lack a sense of creativity or craftsmanship. The characters are also very thin and made worse by the almost three hour runtime.
I'll give the film a moderate amount of credit for some decent production values and the occasional scenery shot. But this is a very boring, near plot-less film which bored me to tears. It may end on some moderately cool Saul Bass end titles, but talk about too little too late.
Having recently read the book, I thought I'd watch the movie again, which I hadn't seen in several years. I've always thought it gets a bad rap, probably because it won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It's a lot of fun though, blending comedy, action/adventure, travelogue, and a bunch of celebrity cameos into an exciting, please-don't-stay-home-and-watch-TV-anymore bonanza. I just love the atmosphere of it, which reminds me of Disney - Jules Verne's meticulously researched story is replaced with fantasy, but the spirit is mostly intact.
David Niven as Phileas Fogg is one of those rare instances when an actor and character are just perfectly suited to one another (think of him as the Jack Reacher of his day).
Sprawling and super long (clocking in at about three hours), Niven's performance is fun and engrossing, and the end credits are interesting, but a lot of the movie fell flat for me otherwise. Verne's original novel is far stronger (which I don't always say about movie/book adaptations). I do think 'The Ten Commandments' or 'Giant' would have both been better choices for the win.
Around the World in Eighty Days is nevertheless entertaining setting aside the obviously shallow script.
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Around the World in 80 Days might be one of the funniest Best Picture winners, but it's also probably the most poorly paced Best Picture winner. There are multiple moments of this film dedicated to just stretching the running time to make the film feel more epic, when the film already has the scope of an epic film.
Other than that, Around the World in 80 Days is a film that lives, breathes, and dies on its humor, cameos, and fun situations, and there's plenty of that to go around, even in its stretched running time. David Niven plays an excellent straight man, and Cantiflas is a gifted physical comedian.
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The cinematography is gorgeous.
So I finally find an epic film that I really enjoy and then discover that most people seem to hate it. The film is perfectly bookmarked by a wonderful opening utilising Méliès A Trip To The Moon and credits animated by Saul Bass. The rest of the film really is epic, never have I desired to see a film on a big a screen as possible as I did whilst watching this on TV. Perhaps it is too long but as someone who usually complains about the length of films I didn't really notice and thought the length only made it feel more like an epic journey. Even just as a sequence of visually stunning set pieces it would still be great, but the story is also strong with great characters and a series of entertaining cameos.
Best Picture winner but one of those years where there were so many better movies than the winner. Felt longer than the run time.
Good: David Niven is fun to watch as the straight-laced Englishman and all the cameos add an extra layer of interest.
Bad: Fifties stereotypes of other cultures got tiresome.
Meh: Too many of the comedy bits went on for way too long.
"And furthermore, you play an abominable game of whist. Good day, sir."
It's sort of cute and enjoyable in a ridiculous way. It's also far too long.
As much as we complain about Oscar fluff taking home big awards these days, at least films like this don't win anymore. It's hugely inconsequential and ridiculous.
I'll start off by saying that I'm not a natural film reviewer. I NEVER write reviews. I also don't hate a lot of movies because I typically avoid films that I know I'll end up disliking in the end. I have a sixth sense when it comes to that sorta thing. My sixth sense completely failed me this time. I expected to like this film since the premise seemed interesting enough and it did win the Oscar for Best Picture. I ended up feeling like a real fool afterwards.
Around the World in Eighty Days is without a doubt the worst film I've watched this year. It completely baffles my mind how this won the Oscar. It's nothing more than…
This movie feels a bit dated at times, and the runtime certainly could've been cut down, but it's still pretty enjoyable. It has some pretty good adventure, and the cinematography is really nice at times. The closing titles are also really fantastic.
I always loved the books of Jules Verne and especially Around The World In 80 Days. And this film shows the spirit the writer putted in his books. A fun and entertaining story with a main focus on things we wish we could do. Great movie !
This is a greatly charming, grand-scaled, and spectacular adventure comedy film. With fantastic leading performances by David Niven and Cantinflas, an epic score, and shot in over one hundred locations from 13 countries, this movie is nothing else but pure joy to the heart and mind.
Entirely too much travelogue. This film could have been a full hour shorter if they weren't so desperate to make it a big widescreen spectacle. A 15 minute bullfight here, 5 minutes staring out a train window there... It really adds up, and it hurts the film.
It has a very 1950s attitude towards the various races encountered on the journey, and that makes some of it feels pretty gross these days.
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