In the Heart of the Sea Review
In The Heart of the Sea
4 Dec 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Another great performance by a consummate actor
I love Brendan Gleeson, love that Howard chose such amazing actors for this film, but Gleeson did give another standout performance.
This man is so underrated that most people don’t even know his name, such a shame.
He can always be relied upon to give a standout .
He was excellent. But Ron Howard put him in a difficult position by asking him to play a character who would have been 45 at the time of the interview with Melville. (He’s 61.)
I thought about that too, except you have to remember the character was an alcoholic and had lived a hard life.
Go in the ocean, you are in their turf
Not exactly. This is the true story that INSPIRED Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. But MD is a completely different story with completely different characters, and is — for the most part — completely fictional. In MD, there’s no
cannibalism, no surviving for days in lifeboats while going in the wrong direction, no drawing of straws
Preparation for the role
According to Ron Howard and the commentary on the film, to prepare for the role of starving sailors, the cast were on a diet of 500-800 calories a day to lose weight.
Scored at the London’s famous Abbey Road Studios
Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”.
The Essex crew attempts to reach Mas a Tierra island, in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago (Chile). Over 100 years earlier, Scotsman Alexander Selkirk had his own ordeal stranded on that island. His story was the basis for Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”.
RT/Meta Critic Review
It’s sturdy, watchable, competently mounted, of course — Howard is nothing if not a pro — but except for the visuals, which can be quite stunning, it never roused me.(Click here to see)