THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (2015)


The about-to-be-released In the Heart of the Sea is #127 of the year. Although the visual effects are strong and this film is beautifully photographed, the characters are stereotypes and the story, while including a white whale that destroys a whaling ship, has very little to do with Moby Dick, the book it inspired. A young Herman Melville convinces the last survivor of the whaling ship Essex to tell the story he has never told, plying him with money. While not doing very well finding whales but excelling at being at each other's throats, the captain (Benjamin Walker) and first mate (Chris Hemsworth) of the Essex take her out to semi-uncharted waters where whales are plentiful, but there is a rumor of a great white that will attack and destroy ships. So they go out and guess what happens? Yep and the survivors float around in three small boats trying to reach land that is about 2000 miles away. An unspeakable thing happens on these boats (you can assuredly guess what that is). Who will make it? And when our last survivor finishes his story, Melville says that he will write a work of fiction and only use some of the story. Perhaps Ron Howard might have considered doing the same. There's just something missing here. Probably worth a rental but I would not put this on any must-see list.

TLA one-word review: wet

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