Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Falls Flat

We Steampunk fans enjoy a nice mash-up of literary references. But it takes an exceptional writer to make it all fit together in a coherent narrative. Unfortunately, this sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) shoehorns this notion between overwrought action and lukewarm family drama. What is Journey 2 About?   A few years have passed since the events the first movie. Sean (Josh Hutcherson) has a new stepfather, Hank (Dwayne Johnson) and his relationship with the former Navy code breaker is rocky. When Hank helps Sean decipher a message from his wayward grandfather (Michael Caine) they find some common ground. The message … Continue reading Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Falls Flat

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) References but Doesn’t Retell Verne’s Story

My reviews to date mostly focus on stories set during the steam era, but there are also plenty of films that make references┬áto things from that era that occur at later dates. They may lack the Steampunk aesthetic that we know and love, but I think they deserve a nod for their “punking” of the classics. I refer to these movies as “steam-adjacent,” and there’s plenty to tickle a Steampunk fan’s fancy even without gears and goggles. The big-budget Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of these films. It should not be confused with the mockbuster by the same name that came out … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) References but Doesn’t Retell Verne’s Story

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne Review

It’s time to return again to our regularly scheduled Jules Verne programming. Voyage au centre de la Terre is the third Verne novel I have read, and so far it is my favorite. There are multiple translations, and the names of the main characters are different depending on which one you read. I read the version where the narrator is called “Harry Lawson” rather than Axel Lidenbrock. According to Project Gutenberg, this 1871 translation I read is the most widely circulated. But it is also not as true to the original text as the 1877 version. Apparently, what I read was somewhat abridged, but was still … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne Review