South Seas Adventure, is a multifaceted adventure, that has us travelling across the various lands that make up the Pacific Islands, starting in Hawaii, and ending in Australia.
We begin the journey on a cruise ship that carries tourists from the US mainland, to the majestic wonderland that is Hawaii.
Where we take in all that this island nation has to offer, from the perspective of a young woman and her male suitor.
Next, we follow a young French painter, as he hops aboard a trade ship, so as to earn himself passage to Tahiti.
He wants to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Paul Gaugin, and gets initiated into the world of a sailor along the way.
From Tahiti, we continue along with the trade ship to Fiji, where we tag along with the Captain, as he collects his cargo, and takes in the wonderful sounds of the islanders' voices.
And from Fiji, we continue on to the Hebrides, with a package in tow, for the local preacher (a religious text in Pigeon English).
Here he is greeted with the magical, ceremonial drink, Kava, after which he takes in one of the most wildest local traditions known to man.
A tribe on one of the outer islands, partakes in a folk tradition, where they build a tower 100 feet tall...tie vines to their ankles...and jump off, like some sort of bungee jump, less the elasticity of the cord.
Just watching this hurts...I can only imagine the pain these men endure to prove they are stronger than the women.
As, the story goes, a jealous husband accused his wife of adultery. But she claimed innocence, climbed to the top of a tree and said, "let us both jump, and have the Gods decide who is innocent".
Thus, she tied vines to her feet and survived the jump; while her husband jumped off without such a harness, and fell to his death.
Now, the men believe, if a woman has done it...so must they, in order to prove their equality, rather than their superiority, necessarily.
After the intermission, we skip forward to New Zealand and Australia, in the second half of the film.
Flying through the Southern Alps- former stomping ground of Sir Edmund Hilary- and over the twin island nation's 3 largest cities, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
Visiting the Maori on the way.
We conclude the whole adventure in Australia, beginning with Sydney, and ending in the outback, as we take in the rural culture of these southern cowboys, and their open air school- the largest school in the world.
As usual, we are spoiled with a plethora of magnificent aerial shots, and Cinerama's typical way of taking in culture.
For those of us who haven't had the privilege of exploring the Southern Seas for ourselves...this is certainly the next best thing.
With the film, not only taking us on this journey, but also acting as a time capsule, and trip to the past.
Another wonderful Cinerama adventure.
8 out of 10.