The The Doodles and Jots gang, minus me, went to see Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and couldn’t stop talking about it. They kids LOVED it so must they wanted to buy the DVD. Dad, on the other hand had mixed reviews. He had a hard time getting past the logic gaps in the story line. He also found it to be a tad suggestive, a bit cheesy, and contained one of our pet peeves: attitudey teens.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, a sequel to the 2008 movie, Journey to the Center of the Earth stars Josh Hutcherson (also in the first movie) as Sean Anderson, The Rock, Luis Guzman, Vanessa Hudgens, and Micheal Caine. It’s about a teen with an adventuring spirit (that runs in the family) who receives a distress signal from his long lost grandfather. Together with his step dad, they crack the code and set out on a journey to find an island in the Pacific, that is not supposed to exist.
Now out in DVD, we watched it last night OnDemand. Oh, and again this morning. Oh, and probably one more time before our 48 hour rental expires!
While agreeing with Mr. Doodles and Jots on his criticisms, I actually couldn’t help but thoroughly enjoy it, vicariously though my children. Adventure movies can be pure pleasure plus it draws on details from 3 classic adventure novels: The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift. I also think in may be a good intro to these books for our family.
In conclusion, while probably not a critic’s pick, I do recommend it for a fun family summer movie night!
Have you read these books? Which one do you think we should we start with?