Farewell to the King Reviews
John Milius has truly a mixed CV on his head with writing credits for movies such as "Dirty Harry", "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean", "Jeremiah Johnson". "Jaws" and "Apocalypse Now" and direction credits for movies such as "Conan the Barbarian", "Red Dawn" and "Farewell to the King". Letīs say he has a nack for various cinematic results. "Farewell to the King" carries the mark of Joseph Conradīs "Heart of Darkness" and Francis Ford Coppolaīs "Apocalypse Now", but is hardly up there with the mentioned works of art. This adventure story based on freedom, war, escapism and struggle with inner demons has such mixed results. First of all you canīt get away from the fact the whole film feels like a poor mans "Apocalypse Now" and the performances are varied specifically Nick Nolte hasnīt his finest moment and is far too eccentric and far too over the top as Learoyd (bad name as well). The cinematography is ok and the environments are nice. But, something is just missing, despite the important message about war and the nature of the bond between Western adventurers and "savage" tribal people applicable to various American misadventures in history.
Is this some kind of a joke?
In the last days of World War II, a British captain is parachuted into Borneo to organize resistance against the Japanese. In order to accomplish his mission, he must deal with an American who has made himself almost a God in the eyes of the local inhabitants.
While a generally well made film, the plot here is a stretch. This deserter marries into this tribe of headhunters after being saved by his new wife. The question is whether he can be happy in "paradise" or return to the world he left.
In the end he sides with his past and the British who seek him out. Depending on your level of movie sophistication, this one may entertain or may not.
Nick Nolte (the King)
Director: John Milius
Producer: Andre Morgan
Screenplay: John Milius
Editor: Anne V. Coates
Art Director: Virginia Bieneman
Set Decorator : Virginia Bieneman
Associate Producer: Charles Hannah
Associate Producer: Gopala Krishnan
Art Director: Bernard Hides
Associate Producer: Ralph Marshall
Production Designer: Gil Parrondo
Composer: Basil Poledouris
Costume Designer: David Rowe
Editor: C. Timothy O'Meara
Producer: Albert S. Ruddy
Choreography: Anne Semler
Cinematographer: Dean Semler
Based on a Work by: Pierre Schoendoerffer
Original Release Date: Jan 1, 1989