Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright.
Luckily did not find myself let down at all. 'Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake' turned out to be a very well done and entertaining film. To me, it really is something of a little treasure that is sadly is not particularly well known, hard when up against some of the best films ever made in one of film history's strongest decades and for those involved it is in the shadow of their better known work. This is a shame because 'Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake' does deserve to be better known and more widely available, and some of the cast actually give some of their most interesting and best work here (especially Tyrone Power and George Sanders), with such talent on board that is reason enough to see it.
Didn't find an awful lot wrong actually. The story is a slight one and can be predictable in places.
Also thought that Tierney's character was underused and underdeveloped.
However, 'Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake' is a gorgeously photographed film and while the locations may not be exactly authentic they are still handsome. Newman's score is lavish and sweeping in unmistakable Newman style, which will be an utter joy for fans of his and those who admire him. It moves at a lively pace without feeling rushed and there isn't anything really that slows things down. The script has wit and tautness, also with some sharply observed insights in class and human rights at the time, and the direction indicated somebody who knew what he was doing and what he wanted to accomplish. The story on the most part, while not perfect, still interests and it is impossible to dislike its charm and entertainment value. Some nice twists and surprises too.
There is a constant sense of fun and the action is genuinely exciting and well choreographed. The softer and more romantic scenes are charming and sweet, without being saccharine, while not making the mistake of slowing things down like romantic scenes in classic film did have the danger of doing. Parts are also surprisingly scary with Sanders' character, with a bold brutality that one doesn't expect. The cast are the main reason to see 'Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake' and why it works as well as it does. Power is dashing and charismatic, no unease or stiffness here, plus visually he smoulders. Regardless of whether Tierney is believable as an island girl (personally don't think she is, somewhat too glamorous), she still charms and is entrancingly beautiful, making the most of too little screen time.
Farmer makes just as much of an impression with more to do and with the more interesting role, and really gives it her all to both icy and poignant effect without being cold. Both she and Tierney are believable paired with Power, while Power convinces even more in his remarkably suspenseful moments with Sanders. Sanders is unflinchingly sinister, sometimes shockingly so, while maintaining his suavity, which was always very distinct. It was interesting seeing a young Roddy McDowell, while Elsa Lanchester is touching, John Carradine is both fun and atypically sympathetic and Harry Davenport is very endearing.
Overall, it is well worth digging this up. 8/10
- Mar 4, 2019