This article is a simple introduction to Fantasy Island, a movie written and directed by Michael Cimino. I have only watched this movie a few times but I'm confident that I have found some of the key plot points and a few surprises that will spoil the experience for those who haven't seen it.
I saw this movie a few years ago and was disappointed with the acting. The entire movie feels rushed and feels like there wasn't enough time to tell a complete story. I understand wanting to deliver a satisfying ending to the film, but that is not the case here.
For what the makers of the movie needed to accomplish, they failed to do. And while I have been satisfied with the movie's ending, I still found myself wanting more. They only left me wanting more because it did not move the story along. As a result, the movie ended in an unsatisfying way.
After watching the movie, I realized that they took the wrong approach to movie pacing. The pace of the movie is fast-paced but this would not be bad if they could make it more suspenseful. What they are doing instead is going for a jumpy action sequence.
There is something about the way director Michael Dougherty frames his shots that are so distracting. He puts random close-ups of certain people that are off-center in the frame. It doesn't add anything to the movie. It's just as well because you don't want to be watching this if you want suspense and action.
If Michael Dougherty wants to make his movie a masterpiece, he needs to learn from Michael Cimino. Michael Cimino's key moment in his movie is when he puts Mickey and Slim in their boat. This is where they travel from one part of the island to another.
This is where the scenes of dark night passages come and they start talking to Cole and his sister at the same time. This part of the movie is where you start to learn about the family dynamics, as well as how the mafia is affecting the families' lives.
I would have loved to see Michael Cimino try to figure out the best way to film his movies. I would have also liked to see the flaws fixed.