In Like Flynn (Rating 8)
This film depicts the early life of Tasmania’s Errol Flynn before he became an internationally famed celebrity. Based on his autobiography “Beam’s End” it was adapted for the screen by producer Corey Large (who also plays the role of Les) and Luke Flynn. Luke found the inspiration as a result of their travels through Australia in the footsteps of his iconic grandfather.
In those days Errol was an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer, and gold prospector. The opening scene of the movie is reminiscent of Indiana Jones as an American movie crew take footage of Flynn (Thomas Cocquerel – ‘Red Dog: True Blue’, TV‘s ‘Love Child’) in the wild jungles of New Guinea.
On his return to Sydney, Flynn cons his way into getting a boat so he, with Rex (Large) and Dook Adams (William Moseley – ‘The Little Mermaid’, TVs ‘The Royals’), can return to New Guinea in search of their fortune. Ready to depart, they find out the hard way, that the true owner of the boat, Charlie (Clive Standen – ‘Patient Zero’, Rollo in TVs ‘Vikings’) wants it back. Three become four as they embark on their adventure, depicting all of the natural charm and swashbuckling nature of Flynn for which he became famous.
When they hit Townsville before their final dash for New Guinea, they receive a warm, but veiled, welcome from Mayor Christian Travers (David Wenham – TVs ‘Romper Stomper’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales’) – who is also the local priest and has many other “interests”. Flynn’s old flame Rose (Isabel Lucas – ‘Chasing Comets’, TVs ‘MacGyver’) offers to help them out of a potentially sticky situation as they escape from Townsville.
They eventually arrive in New Guinea, but not with the envisaged outcome! Don’t want to give anything else away so you will have to go and see this highly entertaining movie.