Fantasy Island (2020) by Jeff Wadlow – Review

It could be a platform movie, entertainment without great expectations.

This movie is based on the series The fantasy island (1977-1984). Jeff Wadlow, the film's director, has already taken on another horror project, Truth or Dare (2018), also produced by Blumhouse and played by Lucy Hale. Being a road already drawn, it shouldn't have failed if the gears are already known, or maybe that's why it doesn't impact too much.

Fantasy island It has more science fiction and intrigue than thriller and terror, as it seemed in the trailer. You should not have high expectations about this film, especially towards the end, where it falls into typical topics and resolutions. Although it is a well-resolved plot, without too many failures, but those delusional moments are the funniest in the movie. It seems she laughs at herself.

The characters develop in a solvent manner, they were tried to give depth creating a past for all, some more credible past than others. Perhaps the villain is not too evil or really scary, rather he develops a melodramatic character.

The most delusional is the resolution of frames, when I could not go around there is a turn that is harder to believe than all the previous ones.

Possibly the development that Michael Peña could have was wasted although, at least, he is a character with several emotional stages – unlike others in the cast. Wadlow solves the project without major successes.

The film takes place as in the amusement park that serves as a stage, throwing the viewer to a new attraction when the previous one ends. At a good pace and in flashy spaces, with a key twist in the anticlimax that gives a feeling that enough has been thought about the paper.

The most delusional is the resolution of frames, when I could not go around there is a turn that is harder to believe than all the previous ones. It could be a platform movie, entertainment without great expectations.

Perhaps it explains too many times the operation of the island and the source but without developing the legend, making it clear that the important thing is the characters and the action that is happening. It is a film built so that the experience and survival of that group impacts the fair, and is unpredictable enough without reaching disaster.


Synopsis The enigmatic Mr. Roarke makes dreams come true for the lucky guests who come to his luxurious and remote tropical resort. However, their fantasies will become nightmares, and guests must solve the mystery that hides the island to escape alive.
country U.S
Address Jeff Wadlow
Script Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach, Jeff Wadlow
Music Bear McCreary
Photography Toby oliver
Distribution Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Michael Rooker, Lucy Hale, Kim Coates, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Charlotte McKinney, Jimmy O. Yang, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Robbie Jones
Gender Fantastic
Duration 110 min.
Original title Fantasy island
Premiere 02/14/2020

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