Your Sunday Sinatra: “Around the World”

Despite taking 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, I find this film duller than an afternoon of braiding doll hair. The movie’s politely superficial theme, music by Victor Young, is repeated to an exhausting degree throughout its 182 minute run time. Sweeping wide shot of a hot air balloon crossing the puffy white skies? We need our theme. Sailing the Atlantic Ocean by steamship? Let’s use that theme again. Approaching the Spanish bull fight scene with the 10,000 extras? Hey… have we used our theme yet?

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