Biopic is more myth than hit


re­ports at the time of shoot­ing of the dire Aus­tralian pe­riod ad­ven­ture flick In Like Flynn quoted the pro­duc­tion bud­get as be­ing in the vicin­ity of $12 mil­lion.

Not pic­tured in these sto­ries were pho­to­graphs of in­vestors kiss­ing their money good­bye. Or set­ting fire to it.

Even if In Like Flynn had have been even half good, it is hard to imag­ine queues form­ing for a bull­dust-coated ac­count of Aus­tralian screen icon Er­rol Flynn’s early years as our very own In­di­ana Jones.

Ac­cord­ing to Flynn’s fan­ci­ful mem­oirs, his pre-fame years were packed full of near-death en­coun­ters with can­ni­bals in Pa­pua New Guinea, cut-throat Ir­ish gang­sters, rene­gade Chi­nese drug car­tels and, umm, a cor­rupt Townsville mayor.

That’s not to men­tion the hun­dreds of women who just couldn’t re­sist Flynn (whose fa­bled charisma eludes the range of ac­tor Thomas Coc­querel) as soon as they laid eyes on him.

If the source ma­te­rial is an ob­vi­ous myth, the movie ver­sion — which also in­cludes a yacht­ing odyssey in search of gold — is a tonedeaf mess. Avoid.

(MA15+) is now show­ing at the State Cinema and Vil­lage Cinemas (East­lands) Rat­ing:

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