“When Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn back in 1884, he prefaced the novel with a wry warning: “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” This was Twain’s jab at literary types and their tendency to agonize over a text’s every last syllable in the pursuit of meaning, though he knew, of course, the meaning wasthere, because he damn well wrote meaning into his words. He wanted his story to be enjoyed and not dissected. So he led off with droll caveats to put a smile on readers’ faces and persuade them not to take the book, or him, too seriously.” (Via Paste Magazine.)
A beautiful balance of dark comedy and heartwarming sweetness, Band of Robbers hits the mark. With its tribute to the genius of Mark Twain’s characters, we see Tom, Huck and the others recreated in contemporary times as adults. Anyone familiar with the originals will delight in seeing where their quest for adventure leads them. This film has enough laughs, suspense, dramatic tension, and subtle life lessons to satisfy the most discerning movie fans.