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God of Thunder vs The Great White Whale

It’s the god of Thunder, vs the ruler of the sea. The Mighty Thor has once again traveled to earth, and is pitted in the fight for his life against the great white whale! No but seriously, its Thor vs the whale that inspired Moby Dick? And he has Spidey along for the ride, as well as the Scarecrow before he went mad! That is awesome! Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson take to the sea in Ron Howard’s new film.

In The Heart Of The Sea tells the tale of the of the crew of the whaling ship The Essex in 1820 as they encounter a whale of monstrous size that leaves them stranded at sea. With nothing but heart to carry on they fight to survive the deadly ocean, all while being stalked by the monstrous beast below. A true story that inspired the incredible story we know as Moby Dick.

First off this is a great movie; I see why they pushed the release back to December in hopes of Oscar buzz. It could garnish sum. I don’t see it truly winning any Oscars, but it definitely could sneak in for a nomination or two.

There are two main stories going forward. The first being Herman Melville (Whishaw) pursuing Thomas Nickerson (Gleeson) in the twilight of his life about the story. These scenes were so well done. SO much heart portrayed by Gleeson has he recounts the horrific tale to the would-be author. They really found a way to make what could have come off as boring dialog, very intriguing and riveting. These two grew a bond in being the only person to truly recount the entire story, to the only person to hear the true story.

Then they return as the film grows to the action. This will go down as one of Thor’s best performances I think. It will rank up there with Rush. The fearless first mate fights to prove once again he is worthy of the captains title, while a young captain (Walker) furiously begins his own legacy to his legendary name. The crew fight hard, none more than young Nickerson (Holland) the cabin boy, looking to grow up, maybe a little soon. The tension is high, the drama is deep, but it’s fun. It literally had me on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded. It even made me want to go read Moby Dick. Imagine that.

The visuals are beautiful, in the scenes at sea, there are times you dive under sea and see dozens of whales. And it is amazing to see. However the problems lie in the green screen. Terribly noticed green screen. You see this amazing whale, that looks amazing, but it never feels like he is really there. There is not a ton of character development early on, so you don’t really identify or connect to the characters other Tom Holland’s character.

All in all this is a pretty cool film. I don’t think it will ultimately get any Oscars, but it may get a few noms. It gets slow at times, and you don’t feel the weight of the situations. The portrayals are good, and whale is cool, and there are good times to be had. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 3.5. But what say you Jackass Nation? Have you read Moby Dick? Are you excited to see Thor vs the Whale? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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