21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A little gem of a movie,
This review is from: The Mosquito Coast [DVD]  (DVD)
I read recently that this is Harrison Ford's favourite movies out of those he has made. It's not difficult to see why. It is certainly a departure for him. Although he is the leading charcater in it he is far from his heroic self. In the film he is a "serious" character whose manic obsession with creating his perfect world endangers both himself and more importantly his young family. In a classic "over-reacher" narrative, Allie Fox (Ford) pushes beyond the accepted level for a married man whose priorities ought to be his family. The results are predictably disastrous. At once, Fox is both hero and villain, funny and scary, likeable and loathable, driven and yet misguided. I also read that the film was first offered to Jack Nicholson who declined yet he would have been absoluteley perfect for the role since Fox might have been the sibling of MacMurphy in Cuckoo's Nest or Jack Torrance in The Shning. Yet Ford is perfect too and although he is avery different actor to Nicholson the fact that he pulls it off shows what depth he is capable of as an actor-a pity then that we have seen this depth in Ford's films far too seldom.
I decline from awarding the DVD of this film a full 5 marks due to the lack of extras-a documentary and an interview or two would have made the purchase of this DVD essential for all serious film fans.