In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea ★★½

The dialogue is terrible in that overblown Marvel Universe way, something that feels like what all the screenwriting books say good dialogue should be like. The story starts off on bad footing with some predictable power dynamics and there's always the issue of giving information the narrator isn't privy to. Ron Howard is going for something very strange, visually. He clearly saw Leviathan (2012) and pulled in some similar GoPro aesthetics, an awkward fit within the 19th century story. Also lots and lots and lots of CGI overload. Regardless of these problems, the story does eventually find an interesting rhythm and leaves a handful of decent images in its wake. I also hate Brendan Gleeson in everything but it was nice to see Cillian Murphy pop up in here.

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