Mr. Robinson Crusoe Reviews

  • Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
    Apr 23, 2018

    Fairbanks plays a rich guy who, on a bet, takes up residence on a tropical isle to prove he can "go it alone". There are other things happening here, but for the most part this is about Fairbanks being Fairbanks: jumping, running, climbing, swinging, which is not bad, per se, but grows tiresome after a bit because most of it is unnecessary. As well, in development of his handmade paradise, he demonstrates only a knowledge of everything. "What's this knucklehead trying to prove," I asked myself, "that he is Superman?". He, in turn, would throw back his head and laugh. He does it continuously throughout this effort, sort of a implied "aren't you the cutest little thing!" This sort of entertainment has gone out of fashion, deservedly so, and Fairbanks' antics are patently unrealistic, but it was interesting to see from a historical perspective, how tastes had changed and regrettably how he, once the biggest star of his day, fell off the celebrity radar of time, and is rarely discussed at all anymore.

    Fairbanks plays a rich guy who, on a bet, takes up residence on a tropical isle to prove he can "go it alone". There are other things happening here, but for the most part this is about Fairbanks being Fairbanks: jumping, running, climbing, swinging, which is not bad, per se, but grows tiresome after a bit because most of it is unnecessary. As well, in development of his handmade paradise, he demonstrates only a knowledge of everything. "What's this knucklehead trying to prove," I asked myself, "that he is Superman?". He, in turn, would throw back his head and laugh. He does it continuously throughout this effort, sort of a implied "aren't you the cutest little thing!" This sort of entertainment has gone out of fashion, deservedly so, and Fairbanks' antics are patently unrealistic, but it was interesting to see from a historical perspective, how tastes had changed and regrettably how he, once the biggest star of his day, fell off the celebrity radar of time, and is rarely discussed at all anymore.

  • Mar 27, 2014

    nice to look at but that's about it

    nice to look at but that's about it