Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)
The usurped writer/director is surprisingly calm about the whole affair, perhaps due to time having scabbed over the wounds. He gives viewers access to the amazing pre-production art and storyboards he’d commissioned, on-set photos of the brief time he’d had in the director’s chair and airs his view on some of the disasters that befall the production.
The doc shifts focus for a long time after the middle section, becoming more like a DVD extra about the making of the actual Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) film that did eventually get made with a new director.
There's no guarantee that Stanley's would've been better, but given how visually spellbinding his past films were it sure as hell would've been a lot more interesting to look at and very likely more thought-provoking.
3½ Hollywood hyenas out of 5