Friday, December 11, 2015
Moby Dick Inspired Survivalist Tale
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"Thar she blows" now has a more visual meaning for me after seeing Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA. The movie is based not on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" as much as it's based on Nathaniel Philbrick's, non fiction book of the same name. Philbrick is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket and the story of the sinking of the 19th century shipping vessel, The Essex, which is a big part of Nantucket's whaling history.
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What I really love about most Ron Howard/Brian Grazer films with the exception of The Dilemma, is the characterizations and emotion you feel throughout the movie. Like with Rush (click for T&T post) you really didn't have to like or care about race car driving to understand the motivations behind the two main characters or to feel personally invested in their love/hate relationship.
@Gregoriancant asks: Were you influenced by other classic sea/ship movies when making #ITHOTS? #AskRonHoward https://t.co/PeIDTeHoDZ— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 9, 2015
The film is held together by a framing device using Melville as a character interviewing the cabin boy from the Essex, (Brendan Gleeson) who has aged quite a lot in like 20 some years, but I guess witnessing a whale with vengeance will do that to you. Some critics I noticed didn't care for the retelling of the story in this way, but I think it works, as it's rather a play on fisherman telling tall tales of the big one that got away, only in this case it's told with grave seriousness and consternation.
.@sclopezjr asks: Which movies inspired you to become a director? #AskRonHoward https://t.co/b1NofTiq7T— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 9, 2015
Bottom line: I just love Chris Hemsworth because he's such a big strapping He-man. And I'd encourage people to see this movie on IMAX because you won't be disappointed with the scope; the ship being tossed around in the squall, the sperm whale footage, the fantastic mythic White Killer Whale CGI! However, I'm not that big on survivalist tales, although I like tales of adventure, but there's a difference. Tales of adventure are normally more fantastical and of the characters choosing. Survivalists stories are normally brutally realistic and a happenstance that the character couldn't avoid or had to embark on due to needing funds. This one is less brutal than "The Revenant" (Look for A Revlock Review soon) but watching characters deal with harsh elements just makes me uncomfortable.
.@shafferben asks: What inspired you to make #InTheHeartOfTheSea? #AskRonHoward https://t.co/OeL9Nxz0nj— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 9, 2015
T &T's LAMB Score: 3 Outta 5
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