Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn 2014
PG-13 | 1h 30min | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 April 2015 (.USA)
The adventure unfolds as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn – Tom’s friend from the streets – witness a murder in the graveyard. Tom and Huck flee to Jackson Island and make a pact never to tell anyone about the incident. However, when the good-natured Muff Potter, who has been blamed for the murder is sentenced to death by hanging, Tom breaks his promise and returns to exonerate Muff Potter. In jun Joe, the actual murderer, makes a hasty exit from the courtroom during the trial. A short time later, Tom and Huck find references to a treasure and have to face In jun Joe again.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for some violence
The positives: 1. Another fine performance from the boy who plays in Super 8. 2. Great soundtrack. Really. It doesn’t seem to fit this film. The negatives: 1. Poor screenplay. Dialogue tries to be faithful to time period but comes off very odd and wooden/ artificial. 2. Poor casting. Outside of the main character of Tom, every other actor seems destined to play in B movies. 3. Poor editing. No doubt due to (1) above, but the editing was choppy, in large part due to a choppy storyline / script. 4. Poorly synced voice overs (see #5). 5. Poor casting. The teacher has a jarringly odd, non-Midwestern accent (German?) which simply pulls the viewer out of the movie. Becky is a fine actress but is just not well cast to this Tom. The judge clearly never voices a single line; everything is (poorly) dubbed for this Bulgarian actor. 6. Dialogue tried to be faithful to the time period but failed. Toward the end, I believe Tom even says “fudge” for “fu–.” Dialogue /scripting was just very artificial. 7. Storyline was methodical but never natural. Things “happened.” But it never flowed. 8. Some scenes of the Mississippi were shot on 16 mm (or poorer quality film stock) and inserted into the movie, but they don’t integrate well. 9. Narratives of Mark Twain (Val Kilmer) interrupt the story, and, while they introduce a novel concept to the storyline, simply feel odd/off to story progression. In short, this really felt like a C movie (not even a B movie) in caliber, due to uneven production value.
Director: Jo Kastner
Writers: Jo Kastner (screenplay), Mark Twain (novel)
Stars: Joel Courtney, Jake T. Austin, Katherine McNamara
Country: Germany | USA
Release Date: 7 April 2015 (USA)
Also Known As: Tom Sawyer i Huckleberry Finn
Filming Locations: Bulgaria