The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)-Cutthroat Island (1995)

When we think of swashbuckling movie pirates, Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power usually come to mind.

Geena Davis is not one of those actors, though she tried.

In 1995’s Cutthroat Island, Davis plays Morgan Adams, a pirate’s daughter who is fighting to recover the treasure that was taken from her by her less than trustworthy uncle, Dawg (Frank Langella). Assisting Morgan in her quest is Shaw (Matthew Modine), a man she purchased from slavers.

While I very much appreciate a strong female protagonist like Morgan in a role that is usually played by a man, this movie does not do anything for me. It is unfortunately, like many movies of this genre, short on plot and character and long on explosions and special effects.

Were the critics wrong? no.

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