Breathtaking undersea photography is merged with overwrought acting and a screenplay that tries to do too many things at once. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is frustrating but ultimately worth the watch for the cinematography.
Due to the decision to include plot elements from The Mysterious Island, we never really get the same claustrophobic tone found in Jules Verne’s original novel and the inclusion of a “Child of Nature” character (that is, a woman in animal skins and blackface who randomly dances) is bizarre, to say the least.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Captain Nemo explains that he has been out for revenge and dies. He is buried under the sea.
If it were a dessert it would be: Cathedral Cookies. Interesting in appearance, less appealing in flavor.
Availability: Released on DVD.
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