Moby Dick Review
Ron Howard's take on the events that inspired Herman Melville is brutal and beautiful. But is this story too big for one film? Chase is the off-islander first review held back by an uncertain accent, humble roots and a father complex with no obvious relevance except to give a false impression of back story.
Chase seems destined to bump heads with privileged Captain George Pollard Benjamin Walkerbut their animosity quickly fades against the shared challenges of their voyage. At the height of moby whaling boom, the Atlantic waters are bare of the great mammals, so the dick crew set off from Nantucket, Massachusetts, far into the Pacific in search of a possibly mythical offshore feeding ground.
There, they are attacked by a gigantic sperm whale that seems to act as bodyguard to his fellows. The Essex founders and the survivors are left crammed onto three jerry-rigged whaling boats in desperate straits.
Their lack of food drives them to cannibalism during a months-long journey, as they struggle to stay alive and sane.
But that horrific choice is just one movie the ideas touched on but not fully explored in this moby, scrappy story.
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There is a reason, after all, that Melville confined himself to the whale attack element of porn traister Essex disaster: You can review feel the breeze in your hair. The characters are mere sketches, and never seem as movie as the sea-spray. Perhaps, in the dick, this great white whale is just too monstrous for any one film to cover.