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In the Heart of the Sea: Film Review – Beauty in Destruction

In the Heart of the Sea: Film Review – Beauty in Destruction

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In the Heart of the Sea gives us a survivor’s account of the Essex whaleship disaster. The film traces the whaling crew’s travels, and eventual travails, as they are faced with a mammoth-sized sperm whale. When they find themselves stranded 2000 nautical miles off the coast of South America, the crew must do whatever it takes to survive…even if it means that their actions might haunt them for the rest of their lives.

It’s easy to convey the physical impact of a disaster like the Essex ordeal. However, In the Heart of the Sea‘s beauty lies in the fact that it goes beyond just the physical aspect. The film explores how the disaster, and the crew’s own actions, affected their psyche. And thankfully, director Ron Howard doesn’t take an oversimplified approach to this. The result is a subtle yet haunting view at everything that the sailors endured, which goes beyond anything you could’ve imagined.

This would’ve been nearly impossible with a sub-par lead cast. Fortunately, that’s not a problem Ron Howard had to deal with. Chris Hemsworth is exemplary as Owen Chase, the First Mate and driving force of the Essex. He perfectly embodies his character – whether he’s depicting Chase in happier days or after he has fought a losing battle against survival. However, it is his rapport with Cillian Murphy that is responsible for the film’s emotional impact. Though Murphy has very little screen time, it’s safe to say that he makes the most of it. In fact, a scene featuring just him and Hemsworth is bound to make you tear up. But they are far from the only amazing actors in the film, which also boasts of noteworthy performances by Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Benjamin Walker.

Above all, though, In the Heart of the Sea is a visual delight. Whether or not things are smooth sailing for the characters, every frame is breathtakingly beautiful. The outstanding cinematography, combined with the riveting story, makes it hard to ever look away from the screen.

All things considered, this film is a fine addition to both Ron Howard and the cast’s filmography. It is a gritty, no-holds-barred look at a real tragedy like we’ve never seen before. Beware, though. It isn’t for the faint of heart!

Why You Should Watch this Movie:
In the Heart of the Sea is a beautifully made film that shows us humanity at its best and worst. Featuring commendable performances, breathtaking visuals and a noteworthy script, it is a must watch this weekend.



The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ­ Part 2: Film Review ­- A Grand Finale, Indeed

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ­ Part 2: Film Review ­- A Grand Finale, Indeed


Over the last three years, viewers have followed Katniss’ journey from an ordinary resident of District 12 to the reluctant leader of a rebellion. Though a war wages in Panem, it’s far from the only battle the Mockingjay fights in this film.

The final installment of The Hunger Games traces the Districts’ uprising against their oppressive society. But the rebels’ attempt to take down The Capitol proves harder than they could’ve imagined, as President Snow unleashes his deadliest weapons on them. As Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the face of a rebellion she unwittingly incited, she must also come to terms with a now-brainwashed Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) hatred for her. The worst part? She knows that some of his hostility might just be warranted.

Like its predecessors, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 stays true to its source material. This works for and against the film, since Mockingjay was arguably the weakest book in the trilogy. Though the book failed to live up to the first two parts, it was still a gritty and realistic portrayal of the perils of war. Fortunately, Mockingjay – Part 2 is just as grim and hard-hitting as you’d expect. The film beautifully depicts the hard reality of war on an individual and a universal level.

A large part of the reason behind this is Jennifer Lawrence’s stellar depiction of Katniss Everdeen. Though she has played the character before, it’s safe to say that there’s a whole new depth to her performance this time around. She is also supported by a cast that is at least as good as her. Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Elden Henson, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks make lasting impressions in the film. Mockingjay – Part 2 also serves as the perfect swansong for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Our only complaint with the casting? The film doesn’t feature nearly enough of the leading men – Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

There’s no doubt that the actors do a spectacular job, and their performances are set against a backdrop that is just as magnificent. As the rebels make their way through the districts and into The Capitol, we see breathtakingly beautiful sights – some destroyed, others about to be. Though a few scenes are a tad over the top, director Francis Lawrence strikes the right balance between fiction and reality, bringing Panem to life just as readers would’ve imagined.

All things considered, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a befitting finale for a well-made series. Though it does have a few flaws, they are easy to ignore in an otherwise remarkable film. Moreover, it actually improves upon certain aspects of the book. And that’s not something we see everyday, is it?

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is hard-hitting, intense and beautifully crafted. The film features exemplary acting by a stellar cast, along with stunning VFX and a riveting plot. If you’re a fan of the series, you can’t afford to miss the gripping conclusion!