“ I read and found most amusing and predictable some of the comments in IMDb about the film written by politically correct, holier-than-thou people, who are trying to pretend to be shocked by they way that missionaries from USA spread Christianity across the world, and of course making innumerable references to racism !
“Manu Tupou Despite the issues mentioned, this is a fine and entertaining film.
“ The book was much better, as is always the case in movies, but in my opinion, far too long.
“ It's a remarkable and entertaining performance.
“ "Hawaii," based on about one-third of the Michener novel, is one of those big, old-fashioned epics, full of wistful vistas, compelling performances, and casts of thousands.
“ Well, as far as the "unChristian" debate; it's pointless.
“ Pretentious Politcal Correctness .
“ I have to admit that there are some very, very long dull patches in this movie.
“ But the script is dull, reads like a dime-store children's novel, and in effect lent nothing to play.
“Julie Andrews' acting abilities shine as bright as the tropical sun in this story of a New England woman who accompanies her stodgy husband to the islands on a mission to convert the heathens.
“ The pace is very slow and von Sydow's character is very annoying.
“ The pre-credit sequence, a narration of how people first came to Hawaii 800 or so years ("30 generations") before, is quite poetic and visually stunning.
“ Her story is much more fascinating anyways.
“ But when you find the lead character so unwatchable, it undermines the entire story.
“ This movie is unwatchable.
“ I saw this on TV many years ago and thought it was one of the worst movies I'd ever seen.
“ Zhivago" or "War and Peace" and although I loved the previous two films,"Hawaii" was much more exciting.
“ Beautifully made, wonderful music BUT gets very BORING mainly due to Von Sydow's character.
“) The film uses one fascinating (and very effective) device: some scenes end with the first few lines of dialog of the next scene coming up "early", as a way of propelling the film forward.
“Hawaii is a far from perfect picture, being neither quite the stunning extravaganza that epics are generally meant to be, nor the stirring human drama it also seems to aspire to.
“ This film is beautifully filmed and scored, but in watching it again, I found it slow and somewhat overacted, I think, particularly by Von Sydow.
“ An example is when Iliki runs to greet Richard Harris's ship, throwing off her western dress, a moment which seems rather contrived and clunky by the way the camera pans down onto the discarded garment.
“ Russell Harlan's cameras capture the islands at their most beautiful, and Elmer Bernstein's haunting, evocative score is one of his best.
“This was an extremely beautiful film and had a lot of fascinating insights into the old Hawaiian culture and royalty (though the whole business about the Queen's husband plucking out his eyes was a bit nasty).
“ The characters are unsympathetic and boring.
“ The weather is breathtaking.
“ I watched to the end because I was interested in some of the characters and the scenery was gorgeous--but I was mostly bored by the slow pace and von Sydow's histrionics.
“ Dull, unsympathetic, lifeless .
“ The film's music score penned by the late Elmer Bernstein is breathtaking and I believe the theme music became the state song.
“ It's more compelling to see her navigate her restricted roles in an expanded world.
“ Elmer Bernstain's music is superb and the photography visually stunning.
“ Worth watching if you can stay awake!!
“ Miss Julie Andrews goes from bright as a button to worn out drab in short order and not,I'm afraid , terribly convincingly.
“ Michener novel and though the production values are all first rate, the script stagnates to the point of being sleep inducing when it should be sweeping.