Comments on: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) We Never Shut Up About Movies Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:20:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: kat Thu, 17 Jun 2010 22:25:10 +0000 Having recently rewatched this movie, I was surprised how well it held up compared to other movies I watched as a kid that I misguidedly thought were terrific. A big part of why it works is James Mason’s performance for all the reasons you give – he creates a real, complex character – unlike Kirk Douglas whom I found unwatchable. Also the set design is pretty amazing – it has a depth that today’s movies lack with all the computer generation.