I watched Captain Correli’s Mandolin last night. Firstly and importantly, I enjoyed it. It did everything I want from a book adaptation – it made me want to read the book.
It’s obvious from the viewing that there has been a lot cut from the book to make the film, but that said, from a story point of view, I never felt I was missing anything that I could not piece together by reading between the lines. So by that measure the film holds its own as a story, if not necessarily the same story as the book.
What I did take from the film is – just how shit Nicolas Cage was. His attempt at being and Italian was really so poor. There were moments when I thought he was going to turn into Borat. I have never been a cage fan, although I admit there are films where he seems perfect in, but I thought he was particularly badly cast here. I guess he’s just one of those actors that grate on me, a bit like Jim Carey. However, by the end of the film he starts to become acceptable as the film enters the final action stage.Captain Correli’s Mandolin, Nicolas Cage, Borat, Jim Carey
Captain Correli’s Mandolin, Nicolas Cage, Borat, Jim Carey