‘In The Heart of the Sea’ is now in theaters, and Chris Hemsworth is facing high stakes on the high seas. Is Chris Hemsworth’s new movie bigger and better than his superhero movies? Here’s what the critics are saying!
Chris Hemsworth battles a giant whale in the events that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick in In The Heart of the Sea. He’s joined by Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland and Benjamin Walker for this epic fight, but will it stand the test of time? Find out what the critics think about the new movie!
Howard creates an immersive, gorgeously shot experience pitting man against beast in the ocean for the film’s most spectacular scenes, which are reminiscent of old-school scope of Mutiny on the Bounty and other watery adventures of yesteryear… In the Heart of the Sea really gives Hemsworth a chance to shine. He’s not just the hammer-slinging Thor: The Aussie continues to make the most of his dramatic work — as in Howard’s 2013 Formula 1 film Rush — and showcases a considerable amount of gravitas.
Hemsworth, so fine in Howard’s racing drama Rush, struggles here with a wobbly New England accent and a woefully underwritten role. Still, only landlubbers would resist the rousing action of man versus leviathan. Sure it’s old-school. So what. Howard puts heart, soul and every computerized whale trick in the book into crafting a seafaring adventure to rock your boat.
Like Moby-Dick, In the Heart of the Sea is a story that dares to grapple with weighty themes: greed, vengeance, and obsession, for starters. But Howard’s film, for all of its storytelling skill, technical polish, and rousing high-seas sequences, never quite casts the spell it should. It’s too polite to give us a real feeling of life or death. Its sense of danger is watered down.
In the end, this isn’t anything near the tale that Melville told; it’s merely a story of great personal misfortune and tragedy, rather than one that trades in such lofty matters as the defiance of God, personal will and civilization versus the natural elements, the line between obsession and madness, revenge, the existential meaning of the sea and so many other matters (not to mention its rich cast of characters and status as the most complete account of the mechanics of whaling ever written for mass consumption)… There’s a lot of CGI here, but the muted color schemes and crafty professionalism all around make the assorted elements mesh well enough.
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