Best acting was Mays as the doctor , and Henderson as Meg Hawkins. Can't be to hard to find guns from that era instead of rummaging through Sharpe's prop-box. Firstly, what about the historical inaccuracies? Though there were inevitable departures from the book it is a pretty faithful rendition and Eddie Izzard confirms his status as a charismatic actor well cast as the complex Silver. As someone who likes characters to act like human beings rather than protagonist-antagonist clichés and who always preferred the character of Long John Silver for that exact reason, I must say that I like this version of the Treasure Island - and not last because of the thing that others seem to dislike about it. In the book he is the ship's boatswain and effectively takes over as mate after Arrow disappears, but in this adaptation this role has been taken over by George Merry. But no, there is a sense of menace to him, but also some humanity as well, not to mention a good deal of humour and understatement; he mayn't quite erase the performances of Robert Newton, Charlton Heston and Tim Curry, all great performances in their own right, but it is a worthy take and enough to make this Treasure Island even more enjoyable. I don't think it is perfect, and I can understand why some have been disappointed, while most of the camera work is good and fluid, some of it in the sped up action scenes looks odd and somewhat frenzied.
A former army surgeon who fought at Fontenoy, in the book he is always sensible and brave, but in this adaptation is initially something of a coward. The screenplay was by Stewart Harcourt and it was produced by Laurie Borg and directed by Steve Barron. My initial feelings are that Pirates Of The Caribbean has been put to shame for it's immature attitude towards pirates, whilst this film is probably the best representation I've seen on screen but I haven't watched a lot of pirate themed films, to be honest. Understated but brilliant, Eddie Izzard plays Long John Silver like no other before him. Nothing, of course, goes to plan and all hell breaks loose as the Hispaniola reaches Treasure Island and the race to uncover the buried booty commences. The sets and historical detail are well done but everything else is just shoddy. Izzard, Sosanya and Wood, did justice to roles that were totally contrary to their normal acting parts.
Oh and having Jim free Silver at the end - Nooooooo! That word would never be used in that era or by that character and I doubt if even invented at that time. In the book this is a man named Tom, an old friend of Silver's. This is the best since Robert Newton! Characters were depicted nicely and felt quite real and believable. Her first name is not given in the book. I enjoyed this short series even though, like another viewer, I have not read the book or seen other film interpretations. Some movies like Treasure Island: Black Sails 2014 , Crossbones 2014 , National Treasure 2004 , Cutthroat Island 1995 , Kidnapped 1995.
John is ingratiating and treats Jim like an adult, unlike most of the crew. At the same time, there are also some added details e. The costumes are likewise sumptuous, and the music while not exceptional is suitably rousing. Oh and killing off their newly formed 'evil' Trelawny in a ham-fisted attempt at showing that greed doesn't pay. I knew a little of the story but to me this was about 90% new to me.
In the story of Treasure Island it's the power of the narrative, the storytelling, that's the key to its popularity for many generations. In the book, Tom Redruth was Trelawney's elderly gamekeeper and accompanied the expedition to Treasure Island, where he was killed. But you can see the result of such a philosophy in the London riots of 2011 and the ever expanding percentage of out-of-wedlock births in the Western world. One doesn't expect a slavish adherence to the original as long as the main story elements are in place, and who would be nitpicking enough to criticize every deviation from precise details of 18th century settings, customs and props. Director Steve Barron works for a rather realistic representation of the story with a mixed race crew of pirates posing as honest seamen on board the Hispaniola. Unfortunately, what we have is probably the least Stevensian Treasure Island production to date. I wanted to like this recreation of the classic Treasure Island.
But in some serious ways it diverges from the the book. They have nothing to do with the novel but are just modern clichés slapped on the original characters. Toby Regbo is appealing also as Jim, Phillip Glenister is excellent as Captain Smollet, and while like Livesey though not as badly affected Trelawny is not as interesting as he is in the book Rupert Penry-Jones, ever the conscientious and reliable actor he is, gives his all to the role and it works. In short, highly recommended for those fond of historic adventures, and not seeking deep philosophy or reasoning. First, I have to say good on Eddie Izzard for not trying to copy John Newton's Silver. Found the background music helped do what it was supposed too without being overly intrusive which is always nice and far too rare an occurrence these days.
Having watched it, I am going to read the book. In the book he serves as the Hispaniola's coxswain and is described as a good seaman, but in this adaptation this role has been taken over by Abraham Gray and Silver says that Hands is a poor seaman although a good gunner. I guess it does add an important bit of realism, now present in a lot of recent 18c nautically-themed productions. Of the three the best was the 1990 one, though all three have many good merits with the performance of Long John especially Robert Newton's being the main good asset in all three. Long John Silver is a truly great fictional character but Izzard's modernisation is just wretched. If you have never read the novel then this might pass as an entertaining adventure film but Stewart Harcourt's adaptation looses too much of the original and criticises social conventions in such a way as to suggest a lack of historical integrity or even understanding. Smollett, the professional sailor who begins the voyage with grave misgivings but remains steadfast during all of their adventures.
In the book, Johnson is the youngest hand on the Hispaniola and is persuaded to join the mutiny by Silver. The biggest problem was how the movie is very dark and how it completely changes a few critical characters from the book. Yes, it must have been easy money for Donnie Sutherland but what the hey. And don't start me on the Donald Sutherland as Flint was that three or five seconds of footage The whole character of this wonderful book has been spoilt by the direction. That is totally gratuitous, it's not in the book.