Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island IMAX 3D (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 94
OK for children.
I had yet to be
impressed by any movie shown in 3D since Journey to the Center of the
Earth (2008). Generally the 3D is flat and the colors horrible. That
all changed tonight with this sequel, which substitutes Dwayne Johnson
for Brendan Fraser as Josh Hutcherson's protagonist. This is by far the
best 3D I've seen. When you take off your glasses, the colors remain
vivid. The depth is very impressive. I saw it in IMAX and it was almost
overwhelming. I was sitting fairly close and had to turn my head to see
things in various parts of the screen.
As to the story,
it's clearly for children again, but it's still an involving tale about
Johnson and Hutcherson going to find Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island"
in the South Pacific. Once in the South Pacific they hook up with
gorgeous, shapely Vanessa Hudgens and her father, Luis Guzmán, and fly
off to crash on the Mysterious Island where they finally locate Josh's
grandfather, Michael Caine.
The rest of the
movie is a colorful travelogue of the island where they encounter huge
lizards and colorful birds and bees and other flora and fauna never
before seen as they race to get off the island before it sinks.
For me the most
beautiful scenery was provided by Hudgens, who wears a tight,
scoop-necked tee shirt and short shorts throughout the film. She was
definitely built to be seen in 3D. But that's not to depreciate the
beautiful colors that are almost constantly onscreen.
Brad Peyton does
a fine job directing a script (Brian Gunn & Mark Dunn) that is secondary
to the acting and colorful scenery. Caine gives one of his typical
charming performances and Johnson, who has branched out from his normal
action roles occasionally, seems more and more comfortable in a light
comedy like this. He even plays the ukulele and sings. He's getting so
he can do it all, slowly morphing into one of the more appealing leading
men extant. Unfortunately, when he got rid of his nickname, The Rock, he
discarded what had become his trademark move, raising his one eyebrow. I
All in all, this
is a delightful entertainment for children and adults alike. It's
accompanied by a Looney Tunes cartoon in 3D, entitled "Daffy's
Rhapsody." This is the kind of cartoon I can see and enjoy. It's around
7 minutes long, includes Elmer Fudd, takes you back to the movie
experience of the 40s & 50s when they were all double features and
included news and a cartoon, includes Mel Blanc's voice, and the 3D is
February 7, 2012