Becky and I went to see the new movie In the Heart of the Sea at the Regal Cinema in Lone Tree, CO on opening night. The Fandango website at In the Heart of the Sea describes the movie as follows…
“Ron Howard helms this adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick‘s historical novel about the harrowing high-seas encounter that inspired Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick. In the winter of 1820, the crew of the New England whaling ship the Essex struggle to survive after an attack by a rogue sperm whale leaves them stranded at sea for 90 days….”
The Review: I was pretty thrilled about seeing a Moby Dick flick, having read the book as a kid. Especially since it is directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth, who is the Australian actor who plays Thor in the Avengers. Becky wanted to see it too, so we had pretty high expectations for this film. However, I think we were expecting more than what it delivered for both of us.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good film and it is directed extremely well as you would expect from Ron Howard and was fascinating being based on a true story, but the script could have been much better. It is the true story behind the story of Moby Dick, so instead of Melville’s tale of Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, it is about the real whaler who encountered the beast that Melville wrote about. I think that was part of the problem with the film for me is that it is entertaining and interesting, but it was almost like watching a documentary, instead of getting swept into the crazy character of Captain Ahab.
It’s a good movie, but I don’t think it’s a great movie. It’s definitely more of a 7 than a 10 and I was expecting a 10, because at times it is boring. It doesn’t go into enough of an explanation as to why they were whaling in the first place until the end of the movie when you find out that they need whale oil because oil from the ground had not been discovered. I think that was a disservice to the audience because in this politically correct generation it is easy to judge the people from a hundred years ago based on the times of today. The true story is fascinating and it’s amazing how they survived and gruesome and barbaric and from a historical sense unbelievably sad.
It is definitely a movie that is worth seeing and we suggest seeing it on the big screen because it is a big whale. You’ll enjoy it, but you will probably leave wanting more than what it delivers. We still thought it was worth the price of admission.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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