So it was President’s Day, the kids were out of school…so what do we do? Head to the movies! The only thing playing that we all could agree on was Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The kids wanted to see it because it was in 3D and the previews were goofy, which is exactly why I didn’t want to see it, but I thought I could suck it up for the kids’ sake. I thought maybe it would be one of those movies that would be just goofy enough to entertain me mindlessly, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or anything with Adam Sandler or Will Ferrel. You know the ones I mean–you have to be a little tired and in the mood to laugh at just about anything. So we gave it a whirl.
Here is the plot. It is a follow-up to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Rebellious young explorer Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) traces a mysterious distress signal to a remote island that isn’t on any map, and he embarks on a daring rescue mission and encounters a vast array of interesting creatures. Joined by his new stepfather (Dwayne Johnson), a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman), and the pilot’s headstrong daughter (Vanessa Hudgens). Sean lives out some scenes from a few of Jules Verne’s novels while tracking down his long-missing grandfather (Michael Caine). All before the island is to be swallowed up by the ocean.
OK, so I knew it was going to have some problems going in, I mean if you saw the previews The Rock was “popping” his pecks…you know it’s going to be corny. Well, it was. The plot was weak and the dialogue was horrible. Luis Guzman really ruined any enjoyment I might have gotten out of what was supposed to be the comic relief, his character was horrible! I went in wanting to have a good laugh, but I was disappointed. The rest of the acting wasn’t that bad, they did what they could with what was given them. Michael Caine can do no wrong in my eyes so I was very glad to see him on screen, he of course, did a great job and was very funny. What saved the movie for me were the effects. Luckily, we went to see it in 3D, which we almost never do, and this movie was made for 3D. I am always amazed at what they can do with CG these days. The animal effects were fun to watch and the scenery was just lovely, I wanted to visit the island myself by the end. I didn’t leave the movie believing that the story told could have actually happened, but I did leave amazed at what can be done with film.
My kids loved every bit of it. They will be very shocked and appalled at what I have written about it, but I am pickier than they are. Most of the time they are just thrilled to be at the theatre. I would have to say this is perfect for kids. It is visually engaging and there is no intricate plot twists to try to keep up with. So, would I recommend this movie? Adults? No. Kids? Yes. Would I see it again? No. Will I buy it when it comes out on DVD? No, but the kids might make me.