I tried to keep an open mind with this film despite overwhelming evidence that it would most likely be terrible. The conclusion that I came to is that 3D needs to die a horrible, painful death. Seriously. Not only do I hate watching movies in 3D while I’m at the theater because wearing the glasses makes me feel cross-eyed, but I hate watching them at home too. The movies that are actually made for 3D can be fun in theaters, minus the gimmicky shit-flying-out-at-you stuff. However, what those movies are not good for is transferring back to 2D for people who don’t want to deal with all that crap. Unfortunately it just makes everything look spectacularly unreal… even more so in the case of a movie that’s largely created with CG.
Now, despite the fact that this film is a sequel (and not a very good one at that), JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND still managed to bring in over $100 million. I can completely understand why the film did well, seeing as there are a ton of familiar faces and an interesting story to draw in a younger audience. I can also see that this movie would be a lot of fun for young kids, probably under the age of 8 or 9. However, what this film lacks to me is that quality of family film that’s actually enjoyable for the whole family. While kids laugh at silly dialogue like “Shhhhh… where there are giant eggs, there must be a giant mother!” and The Rock talking about his “peck pop of love”, adults will groan and eagerly await the credits at the end of this 94 minute long film.
Deleted scenes: Since JOURNEY 2 was made for 3D, these features are unfinished and all the 3D bits are kind of drawn in. The scenes aren’t particularly good and mostly just exist to help build up Hutcheron and Johnson’s character relationship a bit more.
Gag reel: An incredibly short gag reel that features your typical sort of stuff… actors messing up scenes and their lines and just having a laugh about it. Very briefly.
Minor bonus points go to JOURNEY 2 for including a scene where The Rock sings a song on a ukulele.
Minor bonus points deducted for casting Josh Hutcherson in anything. That dude is such a terrible actor. Sorry kid.