j's Review of Cutthroat Island
I have no idea why I decided to sit down and watch this film today. Other than the fact that I have the day off and it was one of the few things, of interest, on television.
The locations are beautiful and ideal but the acting, writing and ultimately the movie as a whole adds up to next to nothing. I cannot quite place where Matthew Modine's or Genna Davis' accents come from. I heard some British, some American, and some good ol' fashioned Pirate-talk. It's baffling to say the least.
Frank Langella seems to be the only one in the entire film who knows what type of film he is in. He is grandiose in his delivery, equal parts menacing and humourous, but the people around him play it straight which makes the film less fun.
Ultimately the problem lies with the lead. Davis has been great in other films (A League of Their Own and Beetlejuice) but she seems out of place. It's her delivery of lines and lack of charisma that took me out of the film and had me focusing on her flaws in the part.
Luckily I didn't pay to see this film so I cannot complain there but I wouldn't pick this one up at the video store. If you're looking for a pirate film NOT starring Johnny Depp, I suggest "Muppet Treasure Island".