Jules Verne's Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Jules Verne, Adapted by Joel Bates
Not Cricket Productions
20,000 Leagues under the Sea cannot manage to match the virtuosity of Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
The adaptation is wordy and lacks the thrills and spills of the opening play in the Jules Verne's Extraordinary Voyages Trilogy, while the acting is also not of the same standard and feels under-rehearsed.
The tale is well known, that of Harry Benjamin’s Captain Nemo on a submarine the Nautilus and his attempts to overcome grief and a kraken, not to mention some argumentative visitors.
Once again, the physical aspects and some low budget but high impact special effects do much to enhance the experience.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher