Saturday, March 22, 2014
DONOVAN'S REEF (1963)
Anyway, the drama comes when word gets around that the saintly doctor is lined up, due to a death in the family, to be the majority stockholder in the family's shipping company. The catch is he has to be of high moral standing and since he has three children of mixed heritage then, of course, he's a sinner that's gonna burn in Hell for all eternity. To get around this, John Wayne steps in to act as the children's father while the auditor is visiting. Trouble is the woman who's sent to determine Doc's moral standing is also his estranged daughter from before the War! She also, naturally, falls for Wayne, but is emotional conflicted by her love versus the fact he has three children out of wedlock!
I dislike movies about children and if I had known this movie prominently featured kids I wouldn't have watched it. But I did and I didn't like it at all. Wayne himself was fine, but the script was way too feel-goodie for my taste, Lee Marvin was completely wasted, the Christmas church service was painful to watch, the priest was annoying, the nuns were annoying, the main actress was annoying, the kids were horrible...but man the scenery was beautiful!! Wow.
Most people will probably like the film, but based off the poster and setting I was expecting a rough and tumble action-comedy that was actually funny, like NORTH TO ALASKA but on a tropical island instead.