|In the Heart of the Sea
||[Dec. 20th, 2015|11:19 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
I felt about this one similar to the way I felt about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." There was a lot of impeccable film making going on here, but maybe not much new story telling. For the record (and the eleventy millionth time), I want to be told a story I haven't heard before, or be told an old story with a new and amazing twist, or an old story from a completely different perspective. The new stuff in "The Heart of the Sea" was the ship and whaling boats being attacked and more or less destroyed by the whale. That was cool.
But, once the ship is lost and the boats are trashed and the guys are left with virtually no provisions, then we end up with essentially an "adrift at sea without a paddle" narrative. "Life of Pi," "All Is Lost" and "Unbroken" have satisfied my "lost at sea" story requirements for probably the rest of this lifetime. Part of the horror of dying adrift at sea in a raft or a lifeboat or something is the excruciating boredom. You are simultaneously starved and bored to death. Unfortunately, the only way to accurately portray this process is with the use of long, long ultra-boring super-repetitive sequences. So they lose me there.
Then there's the shame of eating dead comrades to survive and the unavoidable soul-searing dilemmas that are an absolute must if you're going to play that card. There's been enough done on cannibalism in tragic survival circumstances in recent memory that you know how it has to go and where it has to end up. In short, you've heard the story before. So have I and they're no longer telling me a story I haven't heard.
So, spectacular effects, first rate cinematography, great acting, directing, etc., but the story went soft after the ship was trashed.
Amen, hey baby and all that shit!