Moby Dick [Blu-ray]
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For the movie-maker, Moby-Dick is, like any other brick-sized tome, very problematic. There is just too much stuff, and unless one has the luxury of filming a five-hour movie and releasing it in installments (see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), material has to be cut, and the story amended accordingly so it will make sense with the cuts. This sort of boiling-down is fine for relatively simple books (such as, again, Harry Potter), but not with the likes of Moby-Dick. Not only is there a lot of stuff, but almost all of it is important! This is where the other movies fail. They try to be too literal and everything just ends up getting swamped by spectacle.
Consider the first three. The first, with John Barrymore (1930), misses the point with such a breathtaking completeness that it is only worth mentioning because it exists. The second, with Gregory Peck (1956), is ambitious, and does a few things well, but Ray Bradbury's lackluster screenplay, and his strained relationship to the director, bulldoze any chance of overall success. The third, with Patrick Stewart (1998), is a bizarre, half-assed, condescending, wishy-washy mess which isn't just a little boring.
So what did they do here? How did they juggle all the stuff in Moby-Dick? Simple. They didn't.
Instead, they stuck to the barest bones of the story, only those things absolutely essential--Elijah, the encounter with the Rachel, Ahab's first speech to the crew, and so on--and threw out everything else to focus on the characters. By doing this, Melville's fundamental themes, the very reasons Moby-Dick is as compelling as it is in the first place, are thrown into relief. Ahab becomes Jonah.Read more ›
Don't know the story? What's going on with the education system? Very concisely, the tale conveys a battle of wills between an obsessed sea captain and a great white whale. Captain Ahab is certainly one of fiction's most colorful characters, and here a gruff William Hurt sinks his teeth into the showy role. Having done battle with the whale previously (and losing his leg in the bargain), he sets off a new expedition expressly to track the beast. His crew and men become unwitting pawns and/or co-conspirators in this obsession. Told through the innocent eyes of newbie Ishmail (Charlie Cox), the voyage disintegrates until a final confrontation is inevitable. Most of the movie takes place on the water and I thought the sailing sequences were handled nicely from a technical standpoint. The effects are solid as are the sets, costume, and score. Really, it's quite well done.
The cast is impressive.Read more ›
Ishmael (Charlie Cox) sees his dream of a whaling voyage come true when he and his Hapoonist friend Queequeeg (Raoul Trujillo) join the crew of the Pequod, a sailing vessel leaving port in Nantucket.Read more ›
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GREAT MOVIE FOR THE KIDS GREAT BOOK TO READ BUT THE FILM IS BETTER HINT FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS THAT HAVE TO READ ITPublished 29 days ago by ANTHONY TELLS THE WAY IT IS AFTER USEING
This could have been a classic with the cast on hand, but falls way short due to the writers, producers and directors lack of interest in creating a realistic fact based story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Blacksky
A really beautiful interpretation of a great immense story. Worth a view and take a companion copy of the book as a reference.Published 5 months ago by Ishmael
I give it 3 for focusing on the literary, psychological, and religious/philosophical aspects; however, you'll feel like a crew mate (dragged out, bored, and ready for anything)... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jenuine Reflections