The Admiral Crichton aka Paradise Lagoon, Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals – at least sometimes. His butler, Crichton, still believes that members of the serving class should know their place and be happy there. But when the Loam family are shipwrecked on a desert island with the self-reliant Crichton and between maid Tweeny, the class system is put to the test.(as Paradise Lagoon) Shipwrecked in Paradise!
The Admiral Crichton aka Paradise Lagoon, Wow what a great film, I can’t believe this isn’t considered one of the great classics of all time! More is perfect as Crichton, super-butler (and inspiration for the Red Dwarf character), who takes charge when the nice(-ish) but (very) dim family he serves are shipwrecked. Lots of hilarity in the early stages – (especially the classy dialog between Crichton and the ship’s captain – “Will she sink?”, “Not unless the engine blows up” (BOOM) “What, like that?” – hilarious), then a really nicely worked role-reversal sequence after they have settled in to their island paradise (although the whole “guv”-“daddy” thing sounds a bit strained and weird). Some interesting ideas about people’s roles in society, the importance of leadership and heirarchy, in a gorgeous looking movie, with beautiful people in lovely period/desert island clothing, stunning scenery and a great beachhouse rivalling Swiss Family Robinson’s. All the characters blossom under the sun and question their own attitudes and status in life, and show some really eye-opening attitudes (for the time) as the blokes start getting frisky. Poor little Tweeny’s predicament nearly had me in tears! Looks like it’s heading for a sad ending but works out almost lovely, a really enjoyable, heartwarming adventure/romance yarn with a nice chunk of social commentary and toff-bashing thrown in. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who likes a bit of old-fashioned, old-world entertainment now and again.
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