Comments on: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) We Never Shut Up About Movies Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:55:09 +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.