Fantasy Island Review

Hi, everyone! I went to see the reboot Fantasy Island last night. I’m going to jump into it so as always, there’s going to be some spoilers ahead so beware..

Each guest is given only one fantasy and are warned that they “must see it through to it’s natural conclusion“.

Fantasy Island plays with the phrase ‘don’t drink the water’. The film is directed by Jeff Wadlow (Prey, Truth or Dare). The story is adapted from a late 1970’s anthology series by the same name. I remember watching a lot of the episodes as a kid so I was very excited to see that this film was being released. The premise of the story is that ‘guests’ are flown to a mysterious island to fulfill their deepest desires, although about halfway through, the participants quickly realize that there’s trouble in paradise and everything is not what it seems.

This installment focuses on five guests who won a contest; Elena (Maggie Q), Melanie (Lucy Hale), brothers JD (Jimmy Yang) and Brax and a former cop, Patrick (Austin Stowell). The island is ran by the mysterious Mr. Roarke (Michael Pena). Each of the guest’s fantasy seems to transpire from emotional guilt or pain. As we get into each fantasy, eventually they all come together in one story. Before they enter their fantasy, we see black water secretly dripping around their surroundings.

Melanie wishes to incite revenge on a childhood bully. Brax wants to be a soldier and spend time with his father, who passed away on tour. JD and Brax (the comedy relief of the group), just want to party. Elena wishes to redo a previous relationship she walked away from, but PLOT TWIST, she decided she wants another fantasy and runs the movie an extra hour.

I thought the ending was cute because there was a small throwback reference where a certain character stays behind as Mr. Roarke’s assistant and is given the nickname ‘Tattoo’. All in all, I thought it was an okay movie, although I wouldn’t classify it as ‘horror’ as the trailers led us to believe. The story was a complete mess two thirds in. There was so much going on that was unnecessary and I felt like the ‘monsters’ were thrown into the story as a cheap shot to make it ‘horror’. I would humbly give this a 4/10 monster rating. The storyline, “twists” and character deaths were way too predictable and it felt as though the movie dragged on with trying to make the character backstories complex. There were a lot of random plotholes with how the island and fantasies operate, but honestly I stopped caring halfway through. It stayed true to providing the feel of the original series but I was hoping that Blumhouse would give us something way more dark and twisted. There was so much potential but I would suggest to stay home from this vacation.