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either swings or roundabouts, never both
on 13 December 2009
Kind of OK, but little happens in 3 hours. They don't even reach Italy until after the first hour! My parents definitely prefer this Brosnan version. I'm sort of on their side, as the Niven version misses out far too much of the book, but there's some rubbish in the Brosnan version - there's an atrociously acted and directed and edited scene at Calcutta railway station, and I think Brosnan is miscast. Eric Idle's Passepartout is OK, but his French accent strays too far into the realms of Monty Python and the Holy Grail at times. The biggest problem for makers of this film is pace. It's too easy to leap too quickly from the Alps to Suez to North India to Japan, as Niven's version seems to, and they both spend far too much time over the prologue. I read the book about 15 years ago, but can't remember how Verne deals with the matter of pacing. Brosnan's version seems to leap, but it's hard to say how it does it. I suppose by illustrating the stop-overs rather than the journey, whereas Niven's version was famous in its day for the journey and the scenic photography. I think I'd rather read the book again than watch either version.