In the Heart of the Sea

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    Gropegrope

    No whales were harmed in the making of this film.

    theredshoes

    I’ve just had an argument with my boyfriend about this. I said, “It looks awesome and I’m already there. Whales really did attack ships sometimes. This attack probably didn’t go down quite as dramatically as that but it still looks fascinating.” It’s going to be terrible,” he said, all because I used the magic words, ‘Ron Howard’. He hates the films of Ron Howard. I don’t know why. Maybe he’s prejudiced because he’s ginger, but that doesn’t make sense because my boyfriend’s a ginger too. A self hating ginger perhaps. Or jealous because of another ginger’s wealth. I don’t know… Read more »

    Gropegrope

    Ron Howard is hit and miss.
    When he hits his stuff is great..Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, Splash.
    But his misses are pretty bad.

    theredshoes

    I’ve just bought the book.

    Gropegrope

    I read the book a few years ago.
    From what I remember the author was very clear on what came from actual accounts and journals (one of which was just discovered in someone’s attic recently)….and what parts are speculation (which isn’t very much).
    It’s a great read.
    And really pisses on the notion of the “romance of the sea”.
    Men did some pretty dangerous stuff to make barely enough money to get by on…..

    theredshoes

    Wish me luck ya landlubbers! Anchors aweigh! I’m diving into The Heart Of The Sea (I may be some time).

    theredshoes

    Thank you so much for that Mr Deckard! The documentary’s pretty much the book in extremely condensed form. Oddly, they miss out the attack on one of the boats by a killer whale. There are no real heroes in this narrative, just a series of bad decisions and the mercilessness of nature, making it extremely difficult to ‘render’ into a Hollywood blockbuster, so I wondered who they’d got to adapt the book. Bingo! We have three writers’ credits, Charles Leavit and Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, married couple and go to guys for any film involving animal (or alien, see… Read more »

    theredshoes

    Well, I was up until 2.30 last night finishing In The Heart Of The Sea. It’s fascinating, meticulously researched, absolutely harrowing and unputdownable. Now I have to read Moby Dick, apart from the chapter where Melville goes on about the whale being ‘a fish.’ And I want to find out more about the Minnesota Starvation Experiment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Starvation_Experiment

    Gropegrope

    I will be very happy if this even approaches the quality of my favorite sea yarn Master and Commander.

    theredshoes

    So, they’re not dealing with the starvation, insanity, murder and cannibalism. Guess those elements don’t help to sell a multi million dollar movie. I’ll definitely go and see it but I’ll just have to approach it as a very loose adaptation of the book.

    theredshoes

    Ok. I take it back. Just taken a look at an IMDB discussion board on a preview screening of the film and apparently they do deal with the cannibalism.