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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.


Terminator, year 1. Wait, that’s not right. TRANSCENDENCE

From the cinematographer who brought us The Dark Knight Trilogy, and has not directed anything, at all. And starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Houser, and JARVIS, er Paul Bettany. Comes the film that could be considered the alternate reality of Skynet, Transcendence. So this is Wally Pfister’s first outing as a director, and I won’t say it was terrible. Maybe a little rough around the edges but if your first outing is helming a Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman film, good job bro.

Transcendence follows Dr. Will Caster (Depp) working on an A.I. system with his wife (Hall). When a radical anti-technology group lead by The Invisible Woman, who I don’t think you ever get her name in the film, orchestrates a terrorist attack on multiple technology companies and figures, one of which being Caster who is left fatally wounded. His wife, and best friend Max (Bettany) decide they can upload his consciousness into a super computer so that Castor can live forever. From there Castor grows in power and intelligence becoming connected to the internet and everything. Max realizes the dangers and joins up with the government and the same terrorist organization responsible for Casters death to put a stop to all-knowing A.I. that Caster has become. But are they too late?

Is this Johnny Depp’s return to super stardom? Absolutely not, but is it the abysmal fail that Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, and The Rum Diaries were? No. It’s quite entertaining to start with. It is definitely more of a drama throughout the first act, dealing with letting go of a loved one. But then it begins to get a bit technical and hard to follow. Transcendence is full of plot holes as well. Once Castor is uploaded to the web he sends his wife to a tiny town in the middle of know where and they proceed to build an entire unground laboratory, in what seems to be the span of 2 years. Now I’ve seen construction on the highways here in Dallas Texas and go on for well over two years and they have yet to do what these people seemed to do. The film also makes the assumption that you are just going to figure out the random sci-fi like acts that go on, and again makes it hard to follow. You leave the theater thinking about the film, but end up picking it apart.

It’s not all bad like I said though. With Pfister being a cinematographer the visuals are stunning in Transcendence. Plus the casting is incredible. Everyone in the movie is believable in their roles. And for the most part it is very entertaining. It goes from a drama to the thriller, all though not the most thrilling of a thriller. Depp is great, it is always nice to see him outside of the eye liner wearing crazy characters that he has been doing lately.

All in all I gave Transcendence a pretty good Jeebus score, probably higher then I should of, but I couldn’t dispute the math. 3.8, Check Out The Matinee.