The Blue Lagoon / Return To The Blue Lagoon

THE BLUE LAGOON (15)

D: Randal Kleiser
Columbia (Randal Kleiser)
USA 🇺🇸 1980
102 mins
 
Adventure/Drama/Romance
 
W: Douglas Day Stewart [based on the novel by Henry DeVere Stacpoole]
DP: Nestor Almendros
Ed: Robert Gordon
Mus: Basil Poledouris
 
Brooke Shields (Emmeline Lestrange), Christopher Atkins (Richard Lestrange), Leo McKern (Paddy Button), William Daniels (Arthur Lestrange)
 
Beautiful looking but emotionally empty remake of a 1940's British film about a brother and sister who survive a shipwreck together and grow older on a desert island, where a sexual relationship eventually blossoms between them.
As a drama it's not dramatic and as an adventure it's just not very adventurous, it's just two young pretty people sitting on a beach without many clothes on. Neither of whom can act with any credibility. The photography is quite excellent, especially in underwater scenes, but everything else is best forgotten.
A sequel/remake 'Return To The Blue Lagoon' was released in 1991.
4/10

The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
RETURN TO THE BLUE LAGOON (15)
D: William A. Graham
Columbia Tristar/Price (William A. Graham)
USA 🇺🇸 1991
98 mins

Drama/Adventure

W: Leslie Stevens [based on the novel "The Garden Of God" by Henry de Vere Stacpoole]
DP: Robert Steadman
Ed: Ronald J. Fagan
Mus: Basil Poledouris

Milla Jovovich (Lilli) Brian Krause (Richard), Lisa Pelikan (Sarah Hargrave), Courtney Barilla (Young Lilli), Garette Ratliff Henson (Young Richard)

Basically a remake of The Blue Lagoon (qv) with different characters but an identical storyline. One only wonders if the filmmakers used the exact same script and just changed the names.
Two young adolescents enjoy the idylls of living together on a desert island following a shipwreck, but find their paradise faces jeopardy when others visit.
The performances are wooden, the direction is no better than an average TV movie and everything about it is all quite atrocious, including a cheesy ending which might prompt you to reach for a sick bucket.
3/10
 
Milla Jovavich & Brian Krause in Return to The Blue Lagoon
Milla Jovavich & Brian Krause in Return to The Blue Lagoon