Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Bounty

One can argue all they want about which version is best of this famous tale, we need not bother with that here, but most agree this is the most acurate depiction of the events as they are known surrounding William Bligh and his mutinous crew. Said Bligh is played to absolute perfection by Anthony Hopkins and here is the strength of THE BOUNTY...the cast. With the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson, then not yet household names, and a young Mel Gibson we are witness to a display of superior acting all around including the great Laurence Olivier in one of his final roles. The cinematography is stunning and Roger Donaldson directing style is amazingly well suited for the material. If there is any fault to be found with THE BOUNTY it would be with the score, provided by Vangelis who composed some of his finest work yet sadly it's electronic execution seems out of place in such an organic enviroment. Had the music been taken note for note and performed by an orchestra it would have elevated THE BOUNTY from mere good to absolute brilliance. Despite it's small problems this version is more than holds it's own.


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