Whaling is bad, but ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ is a good movie.
That’s what most of you will learn after seeing this film based on the story that inspired Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick.”
Unlike many of us who have struggled with the reading of Melville’s dense and symbolic classic whaling novel in high school, Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea‘ was very much of a thrill ride.
It is a story about a whaling expedition that took an ugly turn. A mystical monstrous sperm whale’s revenge that left the crew stranded on the high seas for weeks.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Holland and Benjamin Walker, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ at times looks a bit like Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning ‘The Life of Pi’ but not as pleasing in terms of cinematography.
If you’re a fan of ‘Game of Thrones,’ you will also notice that actress Michelle Fairley, who is known as Lady Catelyn Stark on the HBO hit show, is also in this oceanic voyage.
Good to see her alive and kicking after that bloody ‘Red Wedding’ finale that left many us wounded at heart for days.
‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ scheduled to open in more than 3,100 theaters across North America, is projected to bring in between $12 million and $14 million on the opening weekend. This range, however, will likely be a major disappointment for Ron Howard, who spent more than $100 million on making this film.