When it comes to films for the children Daddy normally pips me at the post and watches them whilst I’m working at a weekend. When Journey 2 The Mysterious Island arrived, we decided that since we weren’t too sure whether it would be a bit scary for Little Bean (it’s rated PG) we would watch it on our own first and then make the decision.
Usually before I see a film I read up about it so that I know what to expect but this time I didn’t, as far as I was concerned it was about a bunch of people getting stranded on some mysterious island. OK so that is a very rough version of the storyline but I didn’t realise until watching it that it was loosely based on Jules Verne’s novel The Mysterious Island and I really liked the way that the story unfolded and the discovery of the location of the Mysterious Island.
Following a rather scary helicopter ride where they get caught up in a horrible storm the helicopter crash lands on the Mysterious Island and their journey begins. From here it reminded me a little of one of my childhood favourites Jason and the Argonauts because of the oversized animals. On the Mysterious Island, things which are usually small are large and large things are small, cue cute puppy-sized Elephants followed by enormous Lizards, birds and wasps big enough to fly on. Believe me, if I was faced with wasps that big I would be out of there before you could mutter “nectar”.
Michael Caine plays a great part and has made himself quite a home since settling on the Mysterious Island some while ago. He brings a good mix of humour with a bit of sentimentality thrown in for good measure. Being a step-parent myself I like to see the relationship develop between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his stepson Josh Hutcherson. The plot is quite predictable as the movie progresses but it was still one which I fully enjoyed and when the children finally got to watch it, they loved it too.
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