Fantastic Voyage Reviews
This was a film chosen for a movie night at the Acupressure Institute, a school that I respect. They were giving credit for anatomy and physiology for watching it. So, as I am learning this, maybe I should see this.
Thanks to a well-directed use of the budget in Fantastic Voyage, it is able to go a long way. The visual elements of Fantastic Voyage give it a good and legitimate science fiction feel. The production design of the film looks really good as it capitalises on the budget to create an interesting design for the interior of the ship, but more importantly it gives a wacky and interesting design to the world of Jan Benes‚?? body. It may be grim and dark, but considering the date of the film it gives an interesting feeling to the feature. The set design encourages a camp feel to it which makes Fantastic Voyage an interesting nostalgic piece, and with the addition of great costumes it succeeds.
As with a lot of science fiction films from the prior decades, Fantastic Voyage has dated visual effects. Dyring a lot of the scenes, the elements of green screen are very clear. But it is something that must be ignored if the viewer is to truly appreciate the film as considering the film sources from 1966. Considering its age, things are pretty good looking in the film. The visual effects in Fantastic Voyage do a good job of making the film a fine technical experience. Everything in the film is captured with fine cinematography as well which gives it all a sense of atmosphere and assists it as a strong visual spectacle. Richard Fleischer gives a firm effort as director of Fantastic Voyage, and he encourages it to be an entertaining film.
Perhaps the visual elements of Fantastic Voyage were enough to serve as a passable diversion for viewers back in 1966, but by today‚??s standards they are not enough to compensate for the lacklustre story. The premise in Fantastic Voyage is an interesting one, but it is strictly on a visual and surface level as there is not much depth you can get into in a story about exploring the human body. The story is mainly comprised of the characters exploring many different locations in the human body, but there is not much else to it. The story in Fantastic Voyage is very reliant on how good a technical experience the film ends up being, and while it is certainly easily enjoyable from a visual perspective, the story is not as great. It is a simplistic one with lazily written cold war themes in the subtext. The screenplay for the film is decent because the dialogue is all sensible and intelligent, but the actual themes in the film are little beyond visual which makes it a shallow experience. But then again, I can‚??t think of anyone going into a film about a spaceship shrunk to microscopic size with the intention of entering a human being‚??s body to fight off a blood clot as being for the purpose of its thought provoking intentions. It is strictly for the fun of the adventure, and for better or for worse, that is where it succeeds.
The musical score also adds to the atmosphere of the film. It keeps things tense and adds to the experience which already benefits from strong sound effects and timely editing.
And the cast of Fantastic Voyage do their part. Although the film is more visual than it is about characters, the cast do their part to add to the film.
Donald Pleasance‚??s performance is certainly an asset in Fantastic Voyage. He has a sense of tension to him the entire time which is good for the atmosphere because it conveys the kind of stress that comes with the zany situation of the adventure. He has a profound stare in his eyes constantly, the stare of a person with myopia, and it gives audiences a sense of wonder about him. His line delivery remains pretty monotonous, but you can tell there is more to him based on the subtext, and his involvement with the universe in the film is really strong. Donald Pleasance makes a fine presence in Fantastic Voyage and stands out as giving the finest performance of the cast.
Raquel Welch‚??s role in Fantastic Voyage is a positive step forward for women in films. While she is a beautiful woman, instead of being strictly either a damsel-in-distress or a character present strictly for sex appeal, Raquel Welch actually plays a key part in the film. It is true that she is a very attractive presence, but her costume is not an excessively skin tight one which emphasises her physical qualities. In actual fact, Raquel Welch delivers a fine performance in Fantastic Voyage. Her role is not as sexually oriented as other roles such as her lead performance in One Million Years B.C. may have been, and she is never turned into the object of one of the male characters‚?? affections either, so her role works as a legitimate scientist. Raquel Welch‚??s character isn‚??t the strongest, but it is a female character who doesn‚??t detract from the adventure of the film for cheesy romance or sex appeal, and she does a fine job in the role with firm line delivery and strong engagement with the characters around her.
Stephen Boyd makes a fine hero to lead the journey in Fantastic Voyage because he stands strong in the role with confidence and a handsome demeanour which gives him the right sense of strength for the heroic adventure archetype of a science fiction film. His line delivery is firm and his involvement in the adventure is grand. Edmond O‚??Brien does a nice job as well because he brings a certain sense of wisdom to his part, and Arthur O‚??Connell does a nice job as well.
So Fantastic Voyage is a dated film due to visual effects which aren‚??t as amazing as they once were and a story which limits the appeal of the film to its technical qualities, but it remains a well-directed and entertaining science fiction adventure with a fun sense of campy nostalgia.