The Adventures Of Huck Finn [DVD] 
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Disneyfied adaptation of Twain's masterpiece about a friendship between a runaway young ruffian and an escaped slave who, together, take to the Mississippi on a raft and embark on various adventures with crooks, widows, bullies, sheriffs and sailors.
Huckleberry Finn's age has been scaled down in this 1993 Disney film in order to accommodate star Elijah Wood's young years at the time. But that is not the only concession Mark Twain's great American novel must make to Disney revisionism. Wood's Huck, as adapted for the screen by writer-director Stephen Sommers, is all rascal and only nominally a philosopher, which takes a lot of the soul out of Twain's extraordinary story about Huck's enlightenment while travelling with the slave Jim (Courtney B. Vance) along the Mississippi river. Big chunks of the journey are also minimised in significance, and not just for the sake of storytelling economy. Jason Robards Jr and Robbie Coltrane brighten things up, but overall this is an unnecessarily simplified version of a literary classic. --Tom Keogh
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To begin with, in conformity with the demands of political correctness, the 'n'-word has been excised from the dialogue completely. And although Courtney Vance performs his role superbly, the Jim he plays here is hardly even recognisable as Twain's character. This Jim is much more knowing than Twain's original, even manipulative - certainly there is no way that Huck (Elijah Wood) could play any trick on him in this version of the story. Elijah Wood is a great actor, but here he's too cute and well-scrubbed for Huck; besides being too young (Twain's Huck Finn is fourteen).
This is really the problem with so many film adaptations. It's a sobering thought that probably more people know the character of 'Huck Finn' from this Disney travesty than have read the original novel. Twain's Huck is dirty and dressed in rags - a river rat who smells of the river. But viewers don't want to see this, and in any case such a protagonist would outrage Disney's sense of middle class decency, so instead we get the loveable 'mischievous scamp', which is the one thing Twain's character is not. This, I think, is also why we get a younger 'Huck' - 14-year-olds who break the law and steal being felt as more threatening than 'mischievous'.
On the whole, the mood of the film is very 'light' and comedic, and the scenes succeed each other very rapidly - presumably for the benefit of a younger audience with a short attention span. The jaunty tone is assisted by an omnipresent light-hearted score which I found quite obtrusive.Read more ›
My favourite scene is one in which huck dresses up as a girl in order to 'borrow' some food.
Well worth a watch, I would definately recommend this film to anyone.
Set in Missouri in the 1840s, mischievous Huckleberry Finn is a strong-willed young man who is yearning to experience life and adventure. Fearful of his drunkard father (Ron Perlman), he leaves his foster family behind him, and along with Jim (Courtney B. Vance), his runaway slave friend, embarks on a voyage down the Mississippi River, staying ahead of the pursuers who are blaming Jim for Huck's alleged murder.
In short, this film adds all the advantages of a very good film to Twain's everlasting wit. The soundtrack by Bill Conti and the beautiful locations deserve a mention too.
If you like adventures, thoughts and wit, this is your film.
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