I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Australian born, Errol Flynn graced Hollywood screens between the 1930's and 50's. On screen, Flynn was wildly entertaining, with irresistible good looks, effortless masculinity, sardonic wit and an impeccable sense of timing. In real life, Flynn was all that but also an explorer who loved adventure and romance. Prior to his Hollywood fame, with a sense of adventure encouraged by his father, Flynn escaped Australia as a teenager, heading for the untamed shores of Papua New Guinea. It was this adventure that inspired his novel 'Beam Ends'.
In Like Flynn, directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on Errol Flynn's novel, follows the adventures of Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel) and his friends as they sail a yacht up the Australian east coast and on to New Guinea in search of gold. On the streets of Depression-era Sydney, Flynn rounds up his crew, including Rex (Corey Large), a Canadian ex-bootlegger who is mighty handy with his fists, Dook (William Moseley), a well educated English gentleman who is not-so-handy with a pistol and Charlie (Clive Standen), the hard-drinking and bitter owner of their yacht, the 'Sirocco'.
They quickly learn just how perilous a sea voyage can be, running afoul of drunken cowboys, corrupt cops, irresistible women, local thugs, Chinese smugglers and worst of all nature itself. In Like Flynn is a mythical and satirical story about four men on a journey to find hope, adventure and fortune in an age when the world was spiralling into despair.
Each of the leading men gave somewhat over the top yet solid performances, with Moseley (Dook) standing out for his strong character portrayal and impeccable comedic timing. David Wenham (known for his role as Faramir in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy) also gave an outstanding performance as Townsville's eccentric mayor/priest/bookie; only in Australia!
While filled with embellishments, the film was a fast-paced and exciting celebration of a legendary Australian Character; more than that, it was just good clean fun. Mulcahy has created a film that will remind you of those old time childhood adventure films (think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), spiced up with that quirky, sometimes slightly bizarre quality Australian films are known for (think Strictly Ballroom). While the story is daring, the pantomime style makes this a fun family flick.