Genre Guesstimation – The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to unreliablelisa@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Unreliable Narrator Movies……

“[narrating] They were real nice, once they decided not to kill me. ” – Huck Finn

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – The story of a young orphan boy in pre-Civil War America as he shares adventures with a runaway slave.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had much desire to see because after having already read the original novel as a kid I knew that they would never be able to make a film that does the story justice.

The film is able to do a nice job visualizing the ideas of Mark Twain when he wrote them nearly a century and a half ago.

I have always enjoyed the character of Huckleberry Finn more than Tom Sawyer, but the way that this film depicts him, leaves much to be desired.

Elijah Wood does a nice job in the title role and he is able to narrate the story really well.

The way that the story is told tho is quite unreliable because we are given the perspective of a child on some very powerful events and issues and it comes across as seeming far too simplistic.

The supporting cast is ok here and it’s fun seeing Jason Robards here.

Bottom Line – Intriguing story that Twain wrote really well. The character of Huck Finn is much more fun to watch than Tom Sawyer, but something seems missing here that would have made it more enjoyable. Wood is fine in the title role and his narration helps the story move along especially given the fact that we can never truly rely on his information because he gives us a simple perspective of a child on some very powerful situations and events. Fun supporting cast helps things a bit.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – IN this version, as in most other versions of Huckleberry Finn; the part where Tom Sawyer comes in at the end of the book and saves the day for Huck has been excised. Critics complained that this was a deux ex machina type moment; and it robs the hero; Huck; of his autonomy. Most film versions of Huck Finn change the ending and have Huck step in and save the day at the end; in other words Huck takes over for what the Tom Sawyer character does in the book. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Fun adventure story that is visualized well, but it is far from being perfect.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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