Tuesday, January 19, 2016

In Brief: Band of Robbers (2015)

This is a way better than it has any right to be re-imagining of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as modern day characters. Years before Huck too the rap for Tom and went to prison. He gets out of jail to find Tom is now a cop and still obsessed with the same pirate treasure he had been since he was a kid. How the search for the treasure plays out is the film.

This is a very funny and strangely charming little film. Entertaining as all get out the film is more than likely to put a big smile on your face as the crazy characters go along with the seemingly mad rantings of the grown up Tom Sawyer. While it's very clear that Tom is really close to be being bat-shit crazy, it's also clear that he is utterly charming and so smooth you completely understand why people follow him despite knowing better.

If the film has anything that could be considered a serious flaw it's its over done intention of carrying over all of the characters and iconic situations from the Mark Twain novels and having them show up somehow in the film. While it isn't a bad thing as such, the sledge hammer way in which it is done at times kind of is like gilding the lily, it isn't necessary

Still despite its over kill attitude BAND OF ROBBERS is great fun and highly recommended.

The film is currently playing in a select number of theaters but is also available on VOD from Amazon and elsewhere.

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