Mutiny on the Bounty Reviews
Mutiny on the Bounty does a good job of making you hate Captain Bligh. They continuously hammer home his cruelty and so I was just counting down the minutes until the mutiny would occur. I was surprised it actually took so long for Christian to reach his breaking point. I'm not sure the turn made sense for his character, at least not as abruptly and dramatically, but I went with it. I couldn't help wondering, though, would it be more interesting if Bligh wasn't such a hateful character and we saw things from both sides?
The story for Mutiny on the Bounty was very straightforward. It seems like there's something lacking when I can guess most of the plot just from the title of the movie. There are a few small subplots but most of the runtime is spent on establishing why a mutiny is going to occur and what the consequences of that mutiny will be. The ending was easily the worst part of the film. While one character gets a satisfying end the rest just kind of disappear. There isn't proper judgement, forgiveness, punishment, or redemption for most people. I think, in general, Mutiny on the Bounty is a well-made film, but I probably won't revisit it anytime soon.
Well acted and written, beautifully directed, and great characters makes for one of the greatest (albeit, inaccurate) historical dramas.
How glad I am that I did view this film. I knew the basic story from faint 9memories of a 1984 version.
It basically follows as the title implies a mutiny by the lowly sailors over the mean Captain lead by officer Mr. Christian.
In this version Christian is actually played by an American, Clark Gable who has his trademark Lord Lucan like moustache removed for the role.
I really got into the film but was somewhat disappointed the film could not have been shot in colour like Gone With The Wind which I had watched a few hours earlier. The black and white images on a television screen mean the production design that the film is lauded for cannot be fully admired.
The mean Captain Bligh (excellently played by Charles Laughton) looks like a stuck up Conservative MP. Laughton puts in an excellent performance like Gable and deservedly received a Best Actor Oscar nomination alongside Franchot Tone). The only time that three performances in the same film were up for the Best Actor award.
I have to say it again. A film worthy of a remake using a modern cast and colour.
Decent telling of the (true) story of the Bounty. The sailing scenes are quite authentic and you get a good feel for what life at sea must have been like in the late-1700s.
Good work by Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh - he captured the menace and maliciousness of Bligh very well. Clark Gable is fine as Christian, though at times maybe a bit too cavalier and cocky to be naval officer.
Not great though. The story does feel a bit dry at times and is fairly conventionally told. I much preferred the 1984 version starring Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson. (I haven't yet seen the 1962 version starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard).
Won the 1936 Best Picture Oscar.