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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.
It's actually not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
'Around the World in Eighty Days' is cited to be one of the all-time worst Best Picture winners. 'Greatest Show on Earth' it is not, though. This is a charming, lengthy film. It's almost all fluff, but its almost always playful and entertaining, with the spectacle often being audacious. Cantinflas and David Nivem do good buddy work here.
No, this isn't important filmmaking. 'Around the World in Eighty Days' is alarmingly inconsequential, but it is entertaining. Isn't that what movies are supposed to be?
Around the World in Eighty Days is nevertheless entertaining setting aside the obviously shallow script.
Old school. Brilliant. Worth the the watch.
I could write a long review of Around the World in Eighty Days filled with comical lines lambasting how this Best Picture winner felt like it was eighty hours long or how I'd travel the world with only a burlap sack as a method of transportation in favour of suffering through this poor excuse for a film again, but I won't. Instead I'll cut right to the chase, save us all some time, simply put don't bother wasting nearly three hours of your life on such a nonentity of a film as this.
Phileas Fogg (David Niven) may travel the world but it's not exactly a journey filled with thrills, laughs or heart…
The final Best Picture winner I had to watch, Around the World in 80 Days is really quite charming in its own way. It’s long as hell, true. It sees the world through a British Imperialist lens, so there’s some problematic portrayals of Native Americans, East Asian people, and, most notably, an Indian princess, played by Shirley MacLaine in brownface. Beyond these problems, though, and it’s really a weirdly good time. The writing is clever, the cinematography is gorgeous, the score is lush and grand, and the total lack of pretense in it makes it way more enjoyable than I expected.
What great fun this film is. It's a bit too long, this was the first roadshow picture and man they packed those things full. Some of the scenes absolutely drag, the bullfighting comes to mind. But man, it just doesn't matter, it's so much fun to watch. David Niven is absolutely perfect as Fogg, and Cantinflas is the best Passepartout as well. I first saw this film at the Varsity theatre in Palo Alto, CA as a child with my mother. I still remember the actual intermission, a rarity in those days. It's as awesome as it was then.
This is one of those fun silly films that should have never won best picture but for some reason it did. It is kind of forgettable in all honesty but for those three hours, it was a fun time.
I think the biggest sin this movie commits is it doesn't know what type of movie it wants to be. Here's a prime example:
At the 14th Golden Globe Awards, the movie won Best Motion Picture - Drama. Cantinflas also won that night for his performance of Passepartout. He won for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
If the filmmakers don't know if their adventure movie is supposed to be a drama or a comedy, there's your sign.
Didn't age well. The pacing is brutal. While I don't expect cultural sophistication from a 56 movie this is far too broad. The western log of the journey is especially corny. On the plus side you got some cool sets in numerous global locations and a ton of cameos which add life to a largely lifeless cast. I would not watch it again without libations. And I could only recommend it to others as a bit of historical corrective about how Hollywood has only currently become enamored with empty spectacle. I'd love to see a gritty repurposed version of this with divergences from the Verne text. Not broad comedy grafted to hoary world explorer cliches. An unexpected bonus was the…
Oh ho ho, what unbelievable nonsense. It feels like I've been drinking two dozen 50 year old milkshakes. This was a horrible era for mainstream Hollywood and I never want to hear Rule Britannia ever again.
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