Version: 2015; starring Chris Hemsworth; directed by Ron Howard
Genre: adventure; drama; based on true story
Plot Summary: Herman Melville is looking for his next greatest story in order to make ends meet and thinks he make have a lead. An aged seaman has a story to tell, if only he can glean the truth from him.
My Review: Disclaimer*: I have not read the original book, so this review will not by comparing it to that novel. Only as a story in and of itself, totally unrelated to the book.
I make no apology for my puns. I was hooked from the first glimpse of the trailer. I only wish I could have seen it on the big screen! Oh, the drama! It seemed to promise to do big scale justice of the story behind the world’s most famous whale.
And it delivered! What a riveting tale told through great acting, costumes, props, the works! Best of all, a story that kept me glued throughout. This was right up my alley of love for seafaring adventures.
Parts are a little hard to stomach, such as how the whalers went about harvesting whale oil. But it seemed historically accurate, and similar to the book “Moby Dick” in many ways (capturing the factual details of the whalers’ chores). Also, a group of men adrift at sea are forced into some difficult decisions, SPOILER ALERT: namely cannibalism. But we are not shown graphic details. END OF SPOILER.
I think one of my favorite aspects of it was the psychology behind the different characters. When you have an extreme situation with different people coming from different backgrounds, with different values and beliefs, what will each person choose and why?
It was apparent to me that this film was made with somewhat of an agenda [ie, whaling was ALL bad], and not one I would entirely agree with. But it did make for an exciting story and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for an older audience.