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Doom Awaits Those Whom Hunt the White Whale!,
This review is from: Moby Dick (DVD)
5 Stars = Masterpiece
A legendary film, from legendary director, John Houston!
Next to "King Kong," "Moby Dick" has to be the biggest giant, among giant monster movies. Yes, it's about a whale. Yes, their real, not some imagined prehistoric or alien creature, but make no mistake, this is a giant monster movie of the 10th magnitude! It is also along with "Jaws" & "the Birds," one of the three pinnacles of nature gone awry films ever made, but "Moby Dick" precedes both films, "The Birds" (1963) by seven years, & "Jaws" (1975) by 19 years! If there was ever a film to make a wave, it was "Moby Dick!
Made in 1956, "Moby Dick" still has dazzling special effects! Truly a mammoth effort, the whale "Moby Dick" is at once convincing & terrifying! A true; "Your going to need a bigger boat" moment if there ever was one! The film is down right eerie at times, especially the birds who follow the whale, swarming like an evil omen of doom before it appears! You can smell the dread & fear of the sailors. But this movie would only be half the film, if it were not for Gregory Peck as "Captain Ahab." The sailors fear Ahab as much as the whale. The great actor's performance as the revenge obsessed Captain, is as black hearted, cold, & unyielding, as the great whale it's self! Both connected by revenge. The whale, for what man has done to it. Ahab, for what he misconstrues the Whale has done to him. For the whale will attack any ship that attacks it, not only as an act of survival, but an act of absolute destruction. Wiping out any chance of reprisals, the ultimate act of destroying thy enemy. Ahab's private war with the whale, is but a pale comparison to the wrath visited on any who dare hunt "the white whale." Yet in many ways, Ahab's obsession rivals the whales wrath, as even in death, Ahab seems to beckon the whalers to their doom. In a scene that still stands as one of the most profound ever filmed. The whalers go after "Moby Dick after Ahab is dead, tied to the whale & his immortal fate. He motions with his arm with the whales movements, that the whalers construe as Ahab beckoning them on, even after death, for the kill. It makes you flesh goose bump, with it's maniacal totality of revenge, & perpetuating the madness of revenge amongst the surviving whalers in an act of self destruction. A powerful scene indeed!
For those of you who have not seen this great film, please do so, you'll not be disappointed! For those of you that have, like myself, you will watch it, time & time again. Just as the waves of the ocean never cease to plummet & erode the shoreline, "Moby Dick" will swim in your mind always, ready to be seen again!