20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954
PLOT: A professor of a French museum, his assistant and a Canadian harpooner are taken captive by the mysterious owner of a submarine – a machine not seen before in Victorian England.
I’ve loved this classic Disney movie since I first watched it; the movie a reminder of Disney’s bygone era when unforgettable classics such as Swiss Family Robinson were made.
The acting is stellar in this movie. James Mason leads as the brooding, vengeful Captain Nemo and Kirk Douglas plays the irascible Ned Land. Watching these two vastly different men interact is one of the best parts of the movie (and my sister’s favorite aspect of this movie).
I still get all the fangirl feels watching Nemo’s internal war when he gives into revenge and sinks the warship.
The story's momentum occasionally slows, what with the long underwater hunting scenes. The biggest fault I have with the movie is the lack of girls. Altogether, it’s a fun adventure story that I can still plop down on the couch and watch anytime.
CONTENT: a man reveals that his wife and son were tortured to death, minor violence
STARS: 5 out of 5