Here we are at Pirates week! I was perfectly fine with doing just a marathon of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but David wanted to throw some old ones in there (which are hard to find just so you know), so here we go! Starting off the event with Captain Blood, a film that was released in 1932 in black & white and stars no one I’ve ever heard of in my life. Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is a doctor who is sentenced to slavery and sent to a British colony in the Caribbean Sea. There, he is bought by Arabella Bishop (Olivia de Havilland) because she didn’t want the other guy to win the auction. Here, he is given more of a good life than he could have imagined as a slave. But still he wants to escape - which is said to be impossible on this island. I would say about a third of the film is him as a slave.
Then, him and all the slaves on the island take a ship and become pirates. Honestly, I didn’t understand why this was considered a pirate movie at first, it took so long to make it to this point. So off they go sailing the seas and pirating when they come across a ship that has the very same people who sentenced them to slavery in the first place. The pirates have themselves a little auction of women, and guess who wins Arabella Bishop? Captain Blood.
In the end this movie doesn’t really have a point from what I can tell. Other than the fact that the only way to not be a slave is to be a pirate, he eventually becomes a good, free person in the end. Sorry I didn’t spoiler alert you there, since the film is so old I feel like it's moot.
Overall the acting was pretty good from what I can tell. The problem I have with old movies is I never can tell what the names of the characters are, and I feel like they all look the same. I am sure it mostly due to the black and white aspect of it. Hopefully after this week and “oldies week” I won’t have to watch any more super old movies. I’ve been spoiled here in the present and don’t care to go back in time. With that fact aside though, this film just wasn’t very good. I didn’t find it exciting at all. I’ll give this movie a “Hated It”
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