A fresh take on the Treasure Island
book by Robert Louis Stevenson, this television mini-series boasts high production values, a stellar cast, and an awful lot of fun. It also remains quite faithful to the source material, whilst managing to carve out an identity of its own. Inevitably, the changes that it does make won’t be liked by everyone, but they’re very much in the spirit of the production.
It’s best to start with the wonderful cast. Take Eddie Izzard’s excellent, screen-gobbling take on Long John Silver. He’s in spectacular form here, joined by the likes of Elijah Wood, Philip Glenister and Donald Sutherland. And in the midst of those names is Toby Regbo, in the pivotal role of Jim Hawkins. The cast are clearly having a ball with the material, and the fun is infectious.
This Treasure Island is pitched nicely at a family audience, too, with good action, strong production design and a broad appeal. It’s far from the definitive telling of the tale, but then it doesn’t have ambitions to be. Yet you get far more from it than you’d ordinarily expect from a television mini-series, and the sheer glee of watching Eddie Izzard on top of his game is something to be cherished. Good, solid fun on a good, solid disc. --Jon Foster
Set in the dangerous world of buccaneers, this adaptation of the much-loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island
will take viewers on a high octane adventure following the story of Jim Hawkins as he discovers Flint’s treasure map. The two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint’s treasure map. However, Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get hold of the gold for himself. As they set sail for Treasure Island, Jim embarks on an action adventure that will change his life forever.
Starring Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard in the role of Long John Silver, Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn and Donald Sutherland as Captain Flint, top British acting talent completing the line-up includes Phillip Glenister as play Captain Smollet, Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks
) who takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays as Dr. Livesey. David Harewood takes on the role of Bones who leads Jim into the murky world of piracy and seeking Flint’s hidden treasure. Toby Regbo stars as Jim Hawkins--a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Silver for the treasure and his life.
"Eddie Izzard shivers some impressive timbers"--Metro
"Malign, mercurial and masculine - *****"--Mail on Sunday, Live
"Everything about this adaptation is faithful and traditional"--Time Out