Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker
Rating: PG 13
My Rating: Two thumbs up
At the beginning of the movie, Herman Melville as a young man comes to interview an older guy about what happened when he went whaling on a ship called The Essex, years before. This guy is reluctant at first to talk, but his wife helps him to realize that talking will help... and talking about what happened is something he's never done. So, then the movie flashes back to when this guy was 14 years old and how he found himself aboard this whaling ship and how he survived some really scary, crazy things. Herman Melville, as we all know, went on to write a pretty famous book called Moby-Dick... all inspired by this guy's story.
But, he leaves some stuff out. (Not the guy, but the author!)
And in this movie, we get all the stuff. The good, bad and the ugly. And there's lots of bad and ugly.
But that's what makes it the crazy story that it is.
|After. (from Chris' Instagram)|
Chris Hemsworth plays the first mate of this ship, and he's pretty bummed that he's not the captain. In fact, he and the captain have some issues. Both are out to prove something, and in the end, it's pretty bad for the crew as a whole.
But basically, they end up going out far far from what's normal, down by South America, to find whales. They've been told that there's a demon whale, but they ignore the warnings and go anyway. Turns out, they should have listened.
|This would be scary, yes?|
It's pretty crazy dramatic from there and but I won't say what all happens because you just might want to go watch the movie!
They did a great job showing the intensity of what happened, of turning these beautiful actors into starving skeletons, and showing lots of it from the point of view of this 14 year old. No wonder he doesn't want to talk much about it!
I loved the acting. I loved the music. I loved the cool water/sea shots. I loved the whales and yes, I was on their side, even though these guys were just trying to make a living and whale oil was pretty valuable in those days.
Anyway, it was a good, crazy intense movie. And hey, now we know where phrase.. "thar she blows" comes from!
Here's the trailer if you'd like to see what I mean: