Mutiny on the Bounty Reviews
If you were to choose an actor to play an imperious, severe, and often malicious character, you could find no one better than the legendary Charles Laughton. He steals every scene. His protruding lower lip, his hard eyes, and his posture, which makes him look like a spent slug, all convey an immobility and hard-heartedness that make this film a work of art. All this is from the man who could also convey the breadth of human misery in the face of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The plot is rendered ably enough by director Frank Lloyd, and Clark Gable, while nowhere near Laughton's equal, delivers a strong performance, going toe to toe with Laughton and fairly holding his own. The film is remarkable for its special effects, its acting, and its story, which though rendered many time before, still feels fresh and interesting.
Overall, Laughton makes this good film great.
The at-sea photography is extraordinary, with expert direction from Frank Lloyd. Also beautiful is the photography on what was supposed to be Tahiti, but which was probably Hawaii.
The pristine restored print that was pressed on DVD (and which is available from Netflix) gives you the chance to see this top-notch production in all its glory. It feels as if it could have been directed last year -- it isn't dated in the slightest. It's as crisp, taut and emotionally engaging as it was back in '35.
The performances from Laughton and Gable are awesome. Gable looks weird clean shaven, but that's actually something the film gets historically accurate. The rest of the cast isn't too shabby either, even though the time period kept more "authentic" people getting cast as islanders.
This must have really been something of a spectacle when it came out. It's impact isn't quite as grand as it once was, but it still packs a punch, reminding modern viewers of how to make a compelling epic the old fashioned way.
Give this one a shot. It isn't perfect, but it has a reputation for being one of the better film versions of the story, and I can see why.
maybe the fun to watch this movie for me is the envy of men's world. their conflicts are grandly embodied on the stage with straight-arrow bomb-fire, direct physical collisions, passion exploded like dynamites in straight-forward ACTIONS!!! they conquer the spaces by the belief of themselves in the open sea. you want something, you reach out your hand to rob it and call it your own! in blood and sweat! even you just die for it, so what!
okay, the reality behind it might just be a bunch of BS, a system of lies they invent to justify their own sins and vices. i had this dvd for quite some time without watching it, because i know what it will be about: one-sided self-indulgent myth on manhood and brotherhood. but sometimes in life, you're so overflown with abjections that you just escape somewhere in which you cannot find a trace of yourself, your gender and your social group! i haven't seen the sea for quite some time, and a poor subsitute is better than nothing!
First of all, the performances by Clark Gable, Franchot Tone and Charles Laughton were so amazing, all three were nominated for the "Best Actor" award that year (the only time three leads from the same movie have been nominated). I became a big Charles Laughton fan after his moving performance as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but Captain Bligh is as disparate from that character as he could possibly be. Laughton gives a performance that is somehow simultaneously broad and subtle. He's a petty, hate-filled little man whose biggest fear is losing control of his ship and the respect of his men, and yet his sadistic nature forces him to push his men to the breaking point. With his jutting lip and odd manner of speech, he seems the very air of pomposity (in fact, it was Laughton's Bligh that 'looney tunes' creators parodied the most when a ship's captain or some form of royalty). Clark Gable plays second-in-command, Fletcher Christian, an inscrutable and intensely just man who is torn between his love of his country and his sense of justice, as he watches the power-mad Bligh abuse his command.
This film could easily work as a stage play, that is to say, it relies almost entirely on the actors' performances (What special effects there are, are blended into the film almost unnoticeably). This goes for the leads on down to the extras, there's an emotional tide that runs through the entire production. As I've said before, I've written just over 200 reviews, which isn't alot in the grand scheme of things, and it's always more difficult to say why I liked a movie than it is to say why I didn't. Sometimes, the best movies have a certain indefinable quality about them that touches something within the viewer. What I can say about Mutiny on The Bounty is that it's an excellent production featuring great performances. It's also a high seas tale of adventure that, as far as high seas tales go, hasn't been equalled.
Charles Laughton eternalized the role of the villain who is not evil by screaming loudly or sporting some fangs in his mouth but by being so self-consciously malevolent and brutal that it makes your juices boil. Clark Gable plays the suave and good-hearted hero who cannot stand the military reign anymore and throws off the shackles. I love Clark Gable but he is not much of an actor but more or less a strongly charismatic fellow with a good screen presence, but sometimes the fine line between being the handsome womanizer with a bare chest and the morally irritated first mate becomes blurred. It is a shame he was such a homophobic arsehole.
Some of the island scenes are almost funny, because to us educated audiences they are of a silly and pornotopian disposition but within the context of the time as well as within the film's framework of emotional reference, absolutely accurate.
The supporting characters come across as slighlty bleak when compared to the lead actors and it is a shame, because we never really care for the fate of Franchot Tone's characters or all the others, which would have made the film all the more interesting.
A great sea-adventure with two of the finest early Hollywood actors and an exercise a what would become the classic Hollywood blockbuster.
The film stars Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh who is abusive towards his crew. Leading the mutiny is Clark Gable. Both of them, along with Franchot Tone, were nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Despite having three nominees, all of them would lose. The film was nominated for several other Oscars and won only Best Picture. This film became the third film to win Best Picture and nothing else a feat which has not been duplicated since.
Overall, this was a fairly good film but not particularly great. It's certainly better than the last few best picture winners I've seen and it kept my interest throughout.