Presumably the two minutes that are still missing would help with this, but in the form we have it, the rhythm of the story is very odd, with something like a third of the running time given over to denouement. Obviously, condensing a full novel into such a tight running time is a daunting task for anyone, and Méliès did much better here than in plenty of other one-reel literary adaptations (or, for that matter, full-length features), but it still feels more like a greatest hits collection than a cohesive story being told on its own. Again, in the version we have. At any rate, some "spark" is missing, and while the backdrops are gorgeous and the action well-staged, it doesn't have the wow factor of the director's better-known films. Undoubtedly ambitious, but the execution isn't as confident as A Trip to Moon, to name just one.