The Blue Lagoon (1980)

Some movies are so obscure you sometimes wonder how you ever stumbled upon them. Other films are stored in our shared memories. This is one of those films, The Blue Lagoon. I have known the story, I have known the actors. I have never seen the film… Which I thought was something that had to be rectified. So, one afternoon I saw the film on my Netflix list and I decided to put it on.

The film in short
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. After the death of the only adult, they are left alone to figure the world out. The two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
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The trailer

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My thoughts
I liked the film, it was a bit odd that they filmed so many of the children. I found that honestly a bit disturbing. Especially in today’s climate such media is still allowed to be shown. I did like the story. I found it interesting how they figured out how to live, and how to become adults in a world where they hadn’t seen adults in ages. I have read that people find it disturbing that they are cousins which it is.  However, we never get to know how they are related they might be cousins very far removed which they didn’t have a lot of problems with back in the day as they didn’t understand genetics. I also think that this isn’t the point of the story. I think it more has to do with that people will always grow to live a certain way or to have certain desires. I found the love story very interesting and believable. They grew up together so it makes sense for them to be freaked out by the feelings they are developing. The film felt I must admit a bit too sensual for my taste. I did like the little baby, I thought it was a very cute part of the story. In the end, I feel that they did survive. I am curious how they would have lived. I think that would have been an interesting sequel. Overall the film was good, but do think it is not for everyone. I urge you to watch the trailer to see if you would enjoy it.


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