Better than I thought it would be, but certainly not great. Predictable characters across the board, given only a slight underdeveloped glimpse of dimension. By far the biggest pitfall of the film is the premiss itself; the film ignores just about every theme present in Moby Dick and instead tries to prop up the story alone, claiming it is the story that inspired the novel.
2,7 Good actors in a well written story, Unfortunately the CGI and green screen action is not well done technically. It looks way to artificial. The cityscape of Nantucket is straight out of Thomas the TankEngine. A pity. (As usual, Mr. Howard does a mediocre job.)
Sometimes Ron Howard hits the nail in the head, sometimes he doesn't. He didn't with this sea adventure but still provided--as he always does--moments of pure cinematic bliss. Plus, there's no way around it, Chris Hemsworth is a force to be reckoned with.
During production, I imagine Ron Howard's first ADs feel a lot like Chris Hemsworth's character does when he is told to "set stunsails." Clearly, they aren't listened to either. Maybe that explains why he's had so many... There are countless times during every movie he directs that I literally scratch my head asking "why'd he cover this that way?" The script ain't at fault here, it's the captain.
Ron Howard a toujours été un habile faiseur. La première partie de cet honorable film d'action (à l'heure où bien peu le sont) sublime l'épopée de la pêche à la baleine d'une manière dont le cinéma s'est peu emparée. La seconde, par contre, montre toutes les limites du réalisateur et souligne la platitude des personnages, qui ne parviennent à émouvoir personne.