Runtime: 121 minutes
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy,, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson
This is one of those unique films that’s different from the action loaded, drama impacted films that we know, (and love.)
Which makes this film not for everyone. It isn’t a heroic story, it’s one about men, sailors, and I think that’ll disappoint some people. This is a story about men and their consciousnesses.
Although, there’s a lot of films that have come out recently designed to tug on the heart strings and wanting to tell an important, and occasionally, true story.
This film is based on the non-fiction novel of the same name by Nathaniel Philbrick. The book, and the film, are about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820. The event which inspired the novel Moby-Dick.
The film’s not as action dramatic as expected, but it is still dramatic. It feels more realistic as if it really is conveying the true events. You can believe what you’re watching. It’s very well made with some beautiful and haunting scenes. Although, at times it seems to stumble and lose the rising tensions it sought so hard to achieve.
I found the narrative irritating at first, the way it switched from past to present, but in the end, this is what had me invested in the story.
Every actor plays his role well, (yes, even the whale). Christ Hemsworth is brilliant in his role, perfectly flawed which I liked.
That being said, it took me awhile to feel an emotion for the sailors because, well, they’re whalers. They kill whales for a living. So, I find it a major achievement that I did end up shedding tears for them because people who harm animals are pretty quick to end on My List.
Some of the best, most emotional scenes are near the end. They’re the ones I’ll remember.
To sum up, Beautiful, rememberable, Realistic, Raw
Dad’s opinion: It was well made, incredibly realistic. It didn’t feel like a movie. I loved every bit of it, even more than I did Bridge of spies.
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? No
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