Cutthroat Island [DVD]
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This is one of the few times I've seen Davis in a leading role; normally, she is a supporting actress. She pulls it off quite well, although in a couple of scenes her acting is a bit wooden. Frank Langella stands out as an old-salt, ruthless pirate while Matthew Modine is great as the movie's comic relief.
What really makes this movie worth buying, tho, is just how well done it is. The 17th century sets are lavish - you feel as tho you are back in the period in which the movie takes place. The soundtrack is riveting, and I found the sound of the DVD quite excellent. Not sure if they did anything different than they do with other DVDs, but it sure seemed like the audio was a notch above most DVDs - esp in the storm sequence.
This is the kind of movie that critics make a living off of by slamming. What does this mean for the rest of us? Why, it means that it's a fun time to be had by all! And may the movie critics goto Davy Jones locker...
The story revolves around the quest of Captain Morgan Adams, the sexy yet honorable pirate queen, to avenge her father's murder and outwit her evil pirate nemesis and fratricidal uncle, Captain "Dawg" (who makes these names up?). Taking command of her late father's ship and now in possession of part of a map to locate her father's lost treasure, Morgan sets out to win the vast riches for her and her hardy crew.Read more ›
In addition, it should be noted that it has an impressive number of action scenes that are quite entertaining, and despite what the critics may have said, there is a solid storyline. I never once felt that the story was lacking, and it remains true to the spirit of pirate films. While there are details that make the story unique, the basic structure is typical: a dueling group of pirates on a treasure hunt. That leads me to this question: Why did people think it would be totally different? If you're going to see a pirate film, expect to see swordfights, sailing ships, and a treasure hunt.
If nothing else attracts you to this film, you should see it just to hear the music. The soundtrack, composed by John Debney, is wonderfully lush and exciting. Each note brings the film to life if only a little bit more, and it really conveys a swashbuckling theme. There have been so many soundtracks that have failed to highlight the tone of the films they were scored for; this is not one of them.
If there are any drawbacks, I guess it would be that in some scenes the acting is not what one would call "superb." But, there are only a few moments like that, and the other scenes make up for them.Read more ›
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Always been a fan of pirate movies and this is one of my favorites.Published 2 days ago by Cyndi Mears
Second time to purchase always was a movie I shared with granddaughter
Now she has her own
Funny, funny movie. How in the hell did it do so bad in the theaters. Laugh my ass off from start to finish.Published 1 month ago by Barry Young
A realy cool, and entretainig long before pirates of the caribbean adventure!!!
Geena Davis astonishing as she was when she was doing so many action movies and doing a lot of... Read more
If you are interested in the language of Latin, the plot of this film revolves around a Latin treasure map. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sapphire Tinted