BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And OnlineJanuary 26, 2014


BLACK SAILS Premiere Sails Into Homes On Demand And Online

"Black Sails" (Starz)

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: “Black Sails.”

Seemingly in an effort to outdo HBO, Starz’ “Black Sails” is stuffed to bursting with sex, violence, and foul language. What else would you expect from pirates not brought to you by Disney? PS, there are also no parrots, peglegs, or eye-patches.

Gorgeous locales (shot on the coast of South Africa) and a fine attention to details, especially in the weaponry and shipbuilding make Starz’s “Black Sails.” The stunningly turquoise waters make a stark contrast to the blood and gunpowder exploding on its surface, of which there is a lot. A LOT.

With the success of “Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” it makes sense that someone would decide it was a great idea to make a TV show based on an historical time period full of lawlessness and violence (and sex). According to the publicity interviews, “Black Sails,” while fictional, is trying to show what life was really like during the “golden age of piracy.” For all the historical accuracy of the shipbuilding, it seems doubtful that the island’s societal structure managed that way, but thinking logically will just get in the way of the fun

So far the fun seems to reside in two characters: Luke Arnold’s rakishly charming bad boy, John Silver (part of the fun may be in guessing where the “Long” part of his name comes from!); and Jessica Parker Kennedy’s saucy wench of a whore, Max, who is not only the pirates’ favorite, but is the brains behind many a scheme. Other saucy wenches include the lovely, but tough, Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New) who runs her daddy’s black market, and Clara Paget (Anne Bonny), the baddest of bad girls.

 

Toby Stephens / "Black Sails" (Starz)


That is about it for female characters of any substance. This is mostly a man’s world, and there are many fighting to be the top dog in the pack. First among them is Toby Stephen’s Captain Flint. Stephens manages to make Flint seem noble. Even when he is a stone cold killer who lies to his crew, it is because he has a dream to take the richest Spanish galleon to ever sail the seas. 

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