In Like Flynn is a new action movie that also doubles as a biopic following the early years of the life of star Errol Flynn. Based on his autobiography, Beam Ends, the film follows Flynn in his years before achieving stardom when he was an adventurer on a quest to find hidden treasure.
This movie’s story is interesting, but a bit too hectic for its own good. There are so many subplots and diversions that the main plot, Flynn’s search for gold, is lost multiple times. The film seems to want to be in the style of the Indiana Jones movies, but largely lacks the focus to succeed in so doing. There are some moments in which the film is able to achieve a truly fun rhythm, but those are sadly infrequent.
Part of the issue is that the movie can’t decide on its tone. Is it a straightforward actioner, a comedy, or a dramatic biopic? Had the film decided on one, or even two of these genres, it would have been much more consistent and compelling. The result is still fun regardless, but there was the potential for it to be much more meaningful.
There are also some issues with the movie’s characters. They simply aren’t that compelling. Flynn does have the charm of a Hollywood leading man, but that is where the care for the characters stops. Each character is thinly-written and falls in line closely with their archetype. Nothing in their arcs is truly surprising or resonant.
The film does have some solid action sequences. In many ways, it feels like a cut-rate Guy Ritchie movie. There is a largely comedic edge to the violence (apart from a few shots that are surprisingly graphic). The action is hyper-stylized and energetic in a way that is fun at first, but later becomes somewhat exhausting. Furthermore, the action often starts suddenly and interrupts the story.
The actors all do fine in their roles, but no one stood out as particularly grand. Thomas Cocquerel does a solid job as Errol Flynn. He does have a lot of charisma about him, and he is able to handle both the action and the comedy. The supporting cast is mostly forgettable. Dan Fogler was the only other actor to give a memorable turn, and he only had a few minutes of screen time in the beginning of the movie.
The execution of the film is pretty solid too. The cinematography and editing are both very energetic, which is fitting for the style of action that which the movie is using. The film does overuse slow-motion, which was frustrating at times. The use of montage was interesting, especially as Flynn and gang were sailing around the world.
Overall, In Like Flynn was a pretty entertaining movie, but it lacked the depth and focus that it would have needed to be great. Fans of Errol Flynn will have a hoot with it anyway, though.
In Like Flynn is now playing in select theaters.