I have never read Jules Verne's novel and I have never seen the original film, so I cannot compare them all and the only reason I decided to take time out and watch this is because the novel on which it was based is referenced numerous times in the brilliant film "Back To The Future". Thus I expected something great considering such a good film referencing it and seeing as CGI is now so far advanced there are very few limits. The fact is though; that this film is rubbish...well for me. You see even I thought the idea of a group of people - in this case a scientist called Trevor (Brendan Fraser) and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) - journeying to the centre of the earth an interesting concept that with great special effects could be a very interesting insight to the world within the world.
Sadly the special effects are very average indeed and there is nothing out of the ordinary compared to other films that rely on CGI. Lots of the dialogue I also found very cheesy and uninteresting and actor Josh Hutcherson who played Sean also annoyed me so much, for reasons I cannot quite put my finger on. Even Brendan Fraser wasn't up to his usual quality of acting, which seemed unusual. What was also very displeasing was the fact that this mysterious world was never fully explored with us only seeing the parts of the world that the characters were in at one set time.
Despite my gripes however; there were a couple of redeeming features about the film. The first being that at times (and there were very few of them) Brendan Fraser got some quite funny comic moments which he always acts out well and the fact that there is potential for a sequel considering the ending. For me though; I seemed to be too old for the film, which makes me think that it is more suited to the younger generation (my younger brother loved it!). This is certainly a journey that kids should take on their own as for adults there are only two interesting things, that being the two main actors. For the females there is talented Brendan Fraser and for the males there is the good looking Anita Briem, aside from that this a journey for kids alone!