In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 50th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“Now don’t mistake me. I’m not advising cruelty or brutality with no purpose. My point is that cruelty with purpose is not cruelty – it’s efficiency. Then a man will never disobey once he’s watched his mate’s backbone laid bare. He’ll see the flesh jump, hear the whistle of the whip for the rest of his life.” – Captain Bligh
Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Retelling of the story of a British ship and its crew enroute to Tahiti that must endure the cruel rules and regulations of it’s commanding officer which forces one of the other officers to take command.
My Take on it – I was actually a bit surprised that I had never seen this film before and they do a great job of telling this story.
This film has a really epic feeling to it and it’s quite interesting to watch it all play out.
The cast is superb with Marlon Brando, Richard Harris and Trevor Howard playing the three key characters.
It was a bit of a stretch for Brando to play a British character and his accent was annoying at first, but it eventually isn’t noticeable as things move forward.
I found it really interesting how each of the main characters was able to represent a different voice and feeling of how a ship should be run by its officers.
The cinematography is breathtaking to watch especially during the storms and during the island shots and it feels even more epic because of it.
The last third of the film drags a bit, but it is quite important to the whole story so the 3 hour run time is definitely justified.
Bottom Line – Great cast and epic feeling make this enjoyable to watch. Liked the way that Brando, Howard and Harris each represent different ways of looking at military service. Brando’s British accent was a bit unnerving at the start, but over the course of this 3 hour epic, you get used to it. Great cinematography gives it an even more pic feeling. The end of the film drags a bit but it’s still understandable why this epic story needed 3 hours. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Marlon Brando’s notorious on-set antics reached a pinnacle on this film. According to Peter Manso’s Brando biography, Brando had so much clout by this point that he got MGM to green-light virtually every outrageous idea he had. At one point, he pulled people off the film crew to decorate and design a friend’s wedding in Tahiti. Another time he had airplanes filled with cases of champagne, turkeys and hams flown to Tahiti for parties. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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