Review: In the Heart of the Sea, 2015, dir. Ron Howard

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In the Heart of the Sea is a movie with an identity problem. It’s also a movie with an acting problem, a staging problem, a plot problem, a handful of FX problems and a narrative framework problem. Did Ron Howard learn nothing from Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby? Apparently, the takeaway from that film is that telling a story isn’t enough. We have to tell the story of the story that’s being told, too, which forces big screen literary adaptations to make a hideous choice. In this case: Would you rather see a movie about the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, or a movie about Melville hearing of those events second hand from a sailor who experienced them first hand?” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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