When I first watched this movie in the theater, I did not like it. It dragged on for far too long, had that bizarre romance, and the whole bit with the natives was all sorts of wrong. Ten years on, I can articulate issues with the film even better but that’s for a different post, or for CinemaSins.
My recent rewatches has firmly set the movie among my favorite popcorn-munching flicks. Mostly because of Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow, but we’ll get to her in a moment. Let’s start with some smaller appreciations