Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (4 Stars)

This is the third and final part of Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy. It should have been called "The 10th Voyage of Sinbad", because the name the film was given doesn't make sense in the slightest. Eye of the tiger? What tiger? What eye? Yes, there's a sabre-tooth tiger in one of the final scenes, but it has no more significance than any of the other monsters in the film. And if I counted right it has two eyes. I'm curious who picked the silly name of this film and why.

Sinbad travels to the land of Charak to ask permission to marry the princess. When he arrives he finds that her brother, the heir to the throne, has been turned into a monkey by a witch who wants her own son to become ruler. Sinbad takes the prince to a wizard called Melanthius to be turned human again.

Yet another actor steps into the shoes of Sinbad, and this time it's Patrick Wayne, who was fortunate enough to inherit the good looks of his father John, but not fortunate enough to inherit his acting abilities. Jane Seymour outshines him, but admittedly her damsel-in-distress role doesn't demand much acting from her. The most outstanding actor in the film is Patrick Troughton, who plays the great wizard Melanthius.

I've read that some film fans have got excited over Jane Seymour exposing her breast in this film. I missed it, I must have blinked. In my opinion it's silly to get worked up over something that might only have been in a single frame, i.e. 1/24th of a second. Who cares? It's not like she has exceptional beauty. Some people get excited when a "serious actress" exposes her flesh. I don't. If I want to see nude flesh there are much better films. Anything directed by Fred Olen Ray would be more suitable.

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