OK, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is not the most rip-roaring, exciting adventure story. I wasn't expecting it to be, but even so, it just got draggy in places. They spend a lot of time being lost or just wandering around, and I spent a long time waiting for something to happen...and even once they got to the mysterious underworld, it wasn't all that exciting. By comparison, Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is a thrill ride.
It also doesn't help that the science aspect of Verne's story doesn't hold up all that well...most of Verne's stories were based around realistic (for the time) scientific thought and hold up fairly well today..."20,000 Leagues" and "From Earth to the Moon" have convincing science behind them (both then and now)...even by the standards of the 1860's, hollow earth theories were pretty bogus. That would be OK if there was an interesting adventure story to make it worth suspending disbelief, but there wasn't.
...and I think Tim Curry is a great actor and performer, but his performance here was kinda flat. Of course, the story is dry, and this might be the best he could do with the material. In which case, it was a bit of a waste.
If you like Jules Verne's stuff, this is worth a listen, but if you are interested in trying Verne's work for the first time, I'd start with a different book.
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