Quick Hit: A movie that is boring for the majority of the film, and feels much longer than Melville’s 720 page masterpiece.
First, the script is clunkier than a ship in a storm (Oh, I’m gonna run with these comparisons today). You just have so much trouble caring about what is being said, and I found myself disinterested until the men were far out at sea and fighting their first whales. Even when the movie becomes more interesting, the script still does not, as the dialogue seems written to be incredibly easy to follow, almost childlike.
Instead, it feels horror movie-esque, where characters are thrown into a terrible fray that seems brutal and unnecessary. Maybe that was the point? I’m not sure.
I will say that Chris Hemsworth does a good job. Though I had trouble in the beginning buying in, eventually the make-up department combined with Hemsworth creates a shell of the man we all know as Thor. One of the hardest scenes to watch is also one of the best – something that is all too familiar to people who read stories of sailors stranded. Hemsworth makes the scene by communicating not
limping to a climax. However, I do think if you have read Moby Dick you’ll enjoy the film. It does a good job presenting the white whale as a creature of vengeance, and you begin to understand why Melville wrote Ahab the way that he did. I also think that casual viewers will enjoy a taste of the salt and the sea, because most good adventures have at least a basis somewhere near the water (or at least one boat scene).
All that being said, I give In the Heart of the Sea a “C-“.
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