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[after drinking toomuch Chinese sake]
I am going to be abominably ill.
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wait until it's on network TV and nothing else is on
The movie was bearable for me but nowhere near as good as the original. My newphew enjoyed it for many of the reasons I didn't: Asian kung-fu fights and pre-teen humor.
Really the problem is two-fold. First problem: Steve Coogan as Phileas Fogg just fell flat. The original David Niven played a classical English gentleman who had many faults but acknowledged none of them, he was arrogant, and he was lovable for it. Steve Coogan just played a wishy washy, insecure, nobody. The story really hit bottom when Phileas Fogg had to take lessons from Rob Schneideron being a panhandling bum in San Francisco.
The second problem was Jackie Chan as Paspartou. I will say Jackie Chan played his role as best as he possibly could given the bad screenplay and if Steve Coogan had played an arrogant cock-sure Englishman blindly moving from unobserved danger to unobserved danger with Jackie Chan valiantly trying to save the day, this movie may actually have worked. But alas, these days movie audiences are too sophisticated for such gimmicks, they need international conspiracies, rip offs of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and huge kung-fu battles that really don't make much sense.
Even the cameos that are supposed to give the film star appeal fall totally flat. The only cameo you really notice is when our intrepid adventurers meet Prince Hapi (aka Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) and you really only notice that because the screenplay was badly butchered to hijack our heroes and place them into the Prince's lecherous clutches for no understandable reason and then again because Governor Schwarzenegger was really, really bad!
In the end this movie is a 'wait until it's on network TV and nothing else is on' bomb. I give it two out of five stars.
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