IN LIKE FLYNN
Director: Russell Mulcahy
Writers: Marc Furmie, Steven M. Albert, Luke Flynn, Corey Large, Errol Flynn
Stars: Thomas Cocquerel, Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen
Release Date: December 27, 2019
In Like Flynn is an independent biopic adventure (though enthusiastically embellished I would have to think) depicting the early life of Australian celebrity Eroll Flynn. It is based off Flynn’s early autobiography “Beam Ends”, which lends to the idea of things being overblown.
This whimsical, purposely over exaggerated tale was written by Large and Luke Flynn, who retraced Luke’s grandfather’s iconic tales of drug trafficking, fight clubs, gambling and various other forms of tomfoolery. As In Like Flynn unfolds, the audience follows the real-life version of Jack Sparrow through his misfortunes and various adventures until he gets his big break in an invite to Hollywood.
Playing Flynn is Thomas Cocquerel, who I had only seen in Table 19 (2017). His performance is a combination of a few: robotic Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the luck of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2013), and the mindless confidence of Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman in Tropic Thunder (2008). Sometimes the ratio among the three is tilted unevenly, resulting in a hard watch, but for the most part Cocquerel takes this fantasy version of a movie star and makes it his own.
The problem within Like Flynn is that there is nearly nothing memorable about it in the way it looks or how its plot unfolds. The audience is introduced to different characters and settings at a brisk pace, but nothing about the changes are attention grabbing. In that way, it is a very east movie to have on a second screen and not pay much attention to.
Director Russell Mulcahy made one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasure movies in Highlander (1986) in midst of a years of involvement in video shorts and music videos. In Like Flynn could have used some of that energetic chaotic nature. In the end it In Like Flynn treats what I believe to be a fantasy tale and treats it too down to earth for its own good.
In Like Flynn is available on IMDB.com.