In the Heart of the Sea is the Ron Howard big whale movie that Warner Bros moved from an earlier berth into awards season. Do they think they have a chance? It's the true story that inspired Moby Dick, and it stars Chris Hemsworth as a sea captain whose whaling expedtion finds itself up against a whale who won't brook their harpoon bullshit. It looks like it could be Oscar-y, judging by the trailer. I've heard it's a soft year for male performances, and this movie is full of male performances (and that's not even a Moby Dick joke).
The latest trailer looks an awful lot like all the previous trailers. I will say this: I don't like how CGI-y it is. Hemworth dodging CG debris on a boat while standing in front of a green screen just isn't thrilling. You can see that Howard is going for a visceral thing here and that just isn't selling. I watch a movie like Master & Commander (which obviously has plenty of FX going on) and I feel like I'm watching guys out at sea. I look at this trailer and I think these dudes are getting off set and walking to the local taqueria. Which is in a strip mall one block over from the parking lot where they've set up the water tank and green screen.
But you know what? I love a lot of old movies that are shot on phony-ass soundstages, so maybe the story and performances here will overcome the fact that it looks a lot like a video game (seriously, the guy dodging the anchor looks like a quicktime event).
Here's the trailer:
What do you think?