Genre Guesstimation – Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Travel Film……

“What’s the point in hiring a corrupt inspector when he can’t even abuse the Law properly?” – Lord Kelvin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis

My Take on it – Horrendous adaptation of Jules Vernes’ novel. 

The characters aren’t likable enough and actually become more and more annoying as things move along.

Jackie Chan headlines the story as Passepartout and isn’t able to make us care about him at all.

The various adventures that these characters experience along the way just don’t work well at all.

The 2 hour runtime doesn’t allow for the characters or story to encompass so many of the vignettes from the original novel.

Steve Coogan is a great actor, but feels too far out f his depth in the role of Phileas Fogg.

The only fun things about this film are the cameos which include Kathy Bates, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Luke and Owen Wilson, John Cleese, Mark Addy and even Richard Branson.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With a box-office loss of around $38 million worldwide, plus prints, advertising, and distribution, this movie is considered the biggest independently-released flop in movie history (it was made by an independent group under Disney). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. Great concept, horribly done!

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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