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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.
A bloated, forced epic that managed to snag a best picture Oscar with lots of dramatic location shootings and a couple dozen cameos. Most of the scenes go on far too long, and the humor is on the corny side (with a horrible score that just throws out a bunch of national songs for different regions between some mickey mousing). Despite its length, and general plotlessness (it's very episodic), the film still manages to toss away or ignore some of the plotlines it actually has.
There's enough nice scenery to almost make it watchable, but It was just so long...
Bottom line: Around The World in 80 Days is rather long but colorful. I could see it playing in the background of a little party.
Around the World in 80 Days is the 1956 adaptation of the Jules Verne novel of the same name. We follow the eccentric, particular, and peculiar Victorian gentleman, Phileas Fogg. By particular, I mean, he orders that his breakfast be served at 8:37, not 8:36 or 8:38, and that his toast be precisely 87 degrees. As with most gentlemen around that time he has a valet to help him with his day to day tasks but because he is so difficult he's gone through half a dozen in five months. His latest valet is an…
The world belongs to England, the rest of us are their guests.
In Victorian England, mysteriously wealthy and scrupulously punctual Fogg (David Niven) wagers the members of his social club that a man could circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days. With the assistance of his "gentleman's gentleman", Passepartout (the Latin comic actor Cantinflas), he sets out to win the bet. However, just days before, the Bank of England had been robbed. Since no one knows how Fogg got his money, suspicion falls on him, and Fogg and Passepartout are pursued by the undercover Detective Fix (Robert Newton), who can only hope to delay them long enough to get an arrest warrant sent to him.
Much of the movie is a travelogue, and much of it is a series of cameos from…
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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.
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