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Fantasy Island appeared on ABC. Ricardo Montalbán (Star Trek’s Khan) as Mr. The mysterious Rourke, head of the mysterious island promotional scene, tells the story of visitors coming to the island called Titular, where, for a price, they could stay with their great ideas – and learn a little about them along the way.
But 36 years have passed since the TV show last awakened the airwaves, and Blumhouse’s shocking movie about the material will remind today’s viewers of the loss rather than the original series. Like Lost, Fantasy Island takes place on a mysterious island that ends up being much larger, more dangerous than it looks. And, like Lost, Fantasy Island is full of exciting ideas, but it can’t manage to turn it into a coherent, less satisfying ending.
Fantasy Island (2020) Movie
In the movie, Michael Peña (Ant-Man) takes over in Montalbán as Mr. Rourke, manager of Fantasy Island resort. All the other players play the latest Fantasy Island guests. Melanie (Lucy Hale) is on the Island in retaliation for her childhood hero, Sloane (Mr. Robot’s Portia Doubleday). JD (Ryan Hanson) wants to live a life of rogue corruption and drag his half-brother Brax (Jimmy O. Yang) to board. Gwen (Maggie Q) dreams of an opportunity to accept a marriage proposal that she has rejected years ago, and Patrick (Austin Stowell) wants to join the military as his late father.
After all, there is more to life than just the fulfillment of a wish. Both Fantasy Island and Rourke have their own goals, and it was not long before the seemingly simple guests’ dream took over their nightmares.
A different, less artistic version of this movie can simply punish the characters, the slasher-flick style, indulging in their deepest, darkest desires. In order to be praised, Fantasy Island seeks prominence. For most of its performance, Fantasy Island is a more mysterious mystery than a horror movie. It’s not a moral game but a character study that uses a good setup to amplify its characters and set them on the path to personal growth.
And, so far, I’m lost. But Fantasy Island is still a Blumhouse movie, which means that the horror will eventually raise its head. That’s where the movie falls.
Fantasy Island is in the forefront of its middle class after the foundation was laid and visitors are out of their ideas. Director Jeff Wadlow and cinematographer Toby Oliver shot four different stories like all the different movies, adjusting the movie style to fit the genre.
For example, Melanie and Sloane are trapped in a slasher flick inspired by Saw. Patrick is in a war movie. Gwen is in a love affair, and JD and Brax find themselves having sex jokes that quickly turn into fun at home. It’s a playful and clever way to use the original foundation of Fantasy Island and make for a powerful, compelling movie.
No individual plotlines are particularly different, of course, but that doesn’t matter. Fantasy Island cuts regularly between the four, so you never get bored with one. It gets even better when the news starts to fall apart. At the time, it sounded like Fantasy Island was building on a grand, beautiful ending where all the pieces would come together to make something more than the sum of its parts.
Somehow, the movie brings that promise. Naturally, there are no characters’ thoughts that go along with the program. It’s for the best. Patrick is at peace with his father’s death. Melanie and Sloane forgave each other and began an unfriendly relationship. JD realizes that it is time to settle down and focus on starting a family. Gwen realizes why she feels so unworthy.
The characters do not get the ideas they want, but they get the experience they need. Then they come back together, each one having grown up as a person. It is an emotionally satisfying ending to the characters, and it goes hand in hand with the first television show. Unfortunately, at this point, the movie is only half full.
There are a few consecutive victims in the fantasy sequel to Fantasy Island, but for the most part, the controversy stems from the movie’s great mysteries, not whether its characters will survive. Where does the island get its power? What is Rourke really doing? Obviously, there is an evil force at work. What are they, and what are their plans?
But instead of providing satisfying answers, Wadlow and his fellow writers, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs, resorted to slanderous propaganda to keep the action going. It doesn’t work. One of the biggest hints of hits is a character we have never met. One portrays the behavior of the former character as completely absurd. There is nothing to stop the closure. Once you start asking questions, the less and less the movie makes sense.
Extreme distortion does not work for the story. They’re there because Fantasy Island is ultimately a horror movie, and horror movies have plot twists. By the time it reached its climax, Fantasy Island had become a place to chase the message through dark caves. It’s not fun, it’s not scary, and it’s hard to take care of. Each of the characters’ stories came to a natural conclusion some time ago. Now they’re just going.
Too bad, because if Fantasy Island had thrown away horrible things and relied on its own power, this would have been the beginning of new freedom. Fantasy Island concludes with a revelation that makes it a kind of prequel for a TV show. It is a sound formula for the series. Theoretically, Sony and Blumhouse could send new guests to Fantasy Island to discover a new set of adventures every year.
But the last reckless act undermines all interest in Fantasy Island and its game built during its inception. It’s hard to imagine an audience wanting more. After all, the first TV show ended before the majority of the target audience of Fantasy Island was born. Fantasy Island may be based on its existing location, but the integrity and reliability of the product will not maintain this.
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