34 years ago, In the movie The Swarm, Michael Caine delivered some of cinema’s finest bee based dialogue (yes I realise we can now hold Nicolas Cage in such honorary company too), perhaps nothing as bee-profound than this beeauty:
“We’ve been fighting a losing battle against the insects for fifteen years, but I never thought I’d see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They’ve always been our friend“
So profound. Such words can haunt a man. And perhaps they haunted Caine himself. Now in the twilight of his career Caine can pick and choose projects at his leisure, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that he’s back with bees. But this time giant bees. Giant bees that he saddles up, sits on, and flies about the place in Brad Payton’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Aside from being a film with a truly bizarre ensemble cast; The Rock, Caine, Vanessa Hudgens (I can’t believe she’s featured in an article on this site that isn’t about her ‘leaked’ boob shots), and Luis Guzmán, Journey 2 is also the moment that all creature feature fans have been waiting for.., Michael Caine’s reconciliation with bees. Yes he once thought they were our friends and they turned on us. Now, on this magical island, Caine has made such good friends with bees that he rides them like a fat man rides his mobility scooter.
Finally, after over three decades, the war between man and bee.., is over (for now………., oooooh).
Note to reader: I’m not really sure what the point of that was.