Treasure Island

2012
6.3| 3h0m| PG-13| en
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Treasure Island is a two-part British television miniseries adaptation of the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It was made by BSkyB and first shown in the United Kingdom on Sky1 on 1–2 January 2012. The screenplay was by Stewart Harcourt and it was produced by Laurie Borg and directed by Steve Barron.

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Pluskylang Great Film overall
Console best movie i've ever seen.
Odelecol Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
Marva It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
msafine I've read the book in my childhood. This movie is way too far from the real story. I could not just predict what is going to be next, but also the race of the actors. Common, it was England, which was white 300 years ago as well low-class people such as pirates would never be in a racially-mixed team. Looked very weird, especially that the pirate's chef, such as Captain Silver was chosen to be black. No offense, but it's far away from the reality and why not just to be honest and keep the story real? Looks like movie creators were afraid in the "racist" accusations. There were too many other distortions, which made me sick and I even stopped watching.
eelchuk7 As someone who read and loved the book I was extremely excited to see this movie. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed after I saw it. So many meaningless plot changes corrupted this version from start to finish. In fact, it barely resembles the Robert Louis Stevenson classic novel (he probably rolled over in his grave). I would like the writers to explain to me why they decided to make all the changes, as they seem to serve no purpose other than to upset those who have read the book.The filmmakers decided to make Dr Livesay a snivelling wimp, and Squire Trelawney a massive jerk. The director also chose for some reason to use some sort of speed up technique that does nothing more than send you into a seizure. Eddie Izzard does a good job with Long John Silver, but that only scratches at the surface for redeeming this steaming pile. I guess we'll have to wait another twenty years or so for another version to come out, and hopefully that one might do the book justice.
David Calcara I enjoy Izzard's comedy quite a bit, but I was surprised at the casting of him in this role. In a more traditional adaptation, he might not have fit, but this is a film that takes several liberties with the classic story, one of the biggest being the expansion of Silver's back story. Part of the continuing appeal of Silver is his shifting status between villain and anti hero. Between murderer and mentor. The film further blurs the lines by presenting much of it from his perspective. This, combined with a somewhat less savory interpretation of several of the protagonists creates an even stronger moral dilemma as Jim is forced to choose sides between what he has been brought up to believe is right, and what his present experiences have impressed upon him.The film takes fairly significant liberties to be sure, but welcome ones in my opinion. If this were the only film adaptation of the book, I'd hope for something more true to form. But the fact is that this book has been remade dozens of times, so it loses nothing by changing things up a bit in this particular adaptation. If you prefer the classic interpretation, there are any number of other films that will satisfy you. Personally, when a story is as well known as this, I'd rather the filmmakers try something different instead of retelling the exact same version for the hundredth time.I'm a little annoyed that several of the other reviews here apparently didn't bother to finish watching the entire thing. I can appreciate if you didn't care for this particular version, but reviewing a movie you've only watched half of seems ridiculous to me. Moreover, many of them were greatly misleading as a result. Livesy's supposed cowardice for example is merely a facet to a larger character arc that I found greatly fleshed what is often portrayed as a rather boring background character. If you want the classics, stick with Robert Newton. If you want a comedy, try the Muppet version. If you want a slightly darker, morally grey twist on a well known story, give this a shot.
Bene Cumb Stevenson's Treasure Island was one of my favorite childhood books I used to read over and over again. Currently I can't remember its nuances - the plot of course I do - and I enjoyed the 2012 version. Background and costumes seems realistic and one can notice at once that it non-US movie - compared to Pirates of the Caribbean, for example.Izzard, Regbo, Sutherland and Wood are very good, the rest are just above average - or their characters are too "simple" to make some real shine out of them. On the other hand, it is good that no one really steals the show as Depp does when portraying Jack Sparrow. Fight scenes, collusions etc are also more "medieval" here.In short, highly recommended for those fond of historic adventures, and not seeking deep philosophy or reasoning.

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