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It’s Like a Ride

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Every year folks flock out to theme parks to enjoy all the thrills, chills and spills that come with the experience, but don’t fret if you don’t have that kind of clout this summer because Journey to the Center of the Earth (playing in your local 3D accessible theater) is one hell of a toboggan ride. Usually love seeing 3D movies regardless of how good the movie is, the great thing about this flick, is it’s actually a swell film in the realm of the third dimension and could even work in 2D.

Loosely based on the famous novel, which is heavily referenced and a key plot device in this film, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a light and punchy summer thrill ride. A visual feast of CGI, eye popping 3D and all in all family fun. Journey may not be the freshest PG adventure film regarding story structure or character development, but what it lacks in a unique plot-line, it makes up for in humor and heart. The casting of Brendan Fraser, Anita Briem and Josh Hutcherson was a fine move and they deliver plenty of inoffensive one liners and slapstick sequences to keep you interested for this excursion, while the world they explore is an impressive image for any viewer to take in.

Probably a question most 3D fanatics will be asking is “How good is the 3D?” to that I answer, sometimes it shines and sometimes it’s dim. Shots of a T-Rex drooling, or prehistoric fish lunging at the audience were enjoyed by all but seeing someone holding out a tape measure or brushing their teeth? I don’t know, seems like a bit of a stretch. Then again if your gonna make a 3D movie, then why not have fun with it? There’s no need to worry about anything being gimmicky when the entire movie is a gimmick, so why not go all out? I’m actually glad they went for it because I definitely never felt a slow moment.

Unfortunately, this movie isn’t for everyone. Some of the 3D here isn’t the cleanest I’ve seen and could probably leave some people uncomfortable. How willingly you are to accept the science and story could also be a determining factor for how you evaluate your experience. The way I see it, is there’s no need to dwell on the little things when it’s easy to enjoy the big picture. May I recommend to simply let your inner child run loose and lose yourself in the whimsy, if you have not a heart of stone than you’ll probably have plenty of fun.