Movie Reviews – Island Escape, Anyone?
What is it that’s so appealing about an island story?
Maybe my fascination with this particular escape started with Gilligan’s Island. Oh my goodness, I did love that show!
I was looking for something to watch on Netflix the other night, and I’m not sure how I came across this particular movie, but the island scene on the description caught my attention. I clicked in to see what it was about, surprised to see that the main star was Madonna. Maybe I became a little skeptical at that point. When you’ve been given the talent she has for music, would it even really be fair for her to be a great actress, too?
Here’s the Netflix blurb: A wealthy shrew gets her comeuppance when she ends up stranded on a deserted isle with a deckhand whose brawn and working-class grit turn the tables.
After watching that, I decided to give it a try. It looked cute. Funny. Entertaining. And it turned out to be all those things. Madonna, is of course, enviably fit and hard-bodied. Her character, however, is infinitely hateable until she gets that comeuppance mentioned above.
Another island story I loved was On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. If you haven’t read that, you are in for such a treat! Here’s the blurb for it:
Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love.
Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.
Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.
At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
Both of these stories reminded me how much I enjoy this setting and all the possibilities for adventure. My own island story – A Woman With Secrets – is a bit of a departure for me. It’s a lot funnier, I think, than most of what I write, but the characters kind of insisted, so I went along.
There’s a little excerpt below, or you can read a longer one by going here.
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