Chris Pine stars in Disney's latest feature, The Finest Hours.
Sadly for this above par, man against mother nature flick, Disney's marketing campaign has absolutely failed at capturing an audience. Sitting by myself on opening night in a newly renovated theater was both enjoyable and tragic at the same time. I could fully enjoy the movie in comfort while toiling over how poorly the box office will do even though it's a great beginning of year release. Putting aside other reviews and commentary, this is nothing like The Perfect Storm. Other than some of the situational visuals drawing comparisons and the sea faring setting, the story is one of straight up heroism hinging on death defying selflessness that's endearing and horrifying at the same time. These men faced death head on and didn't turn back, even when the odds were trying to drown them at every turn.
|Everybody shut up!|
I'm doing my best
mid-'90s Gretchen Mol
The Finest Hours deserves much better than to be swallowed up by a poorly timed release and the dismal failures of Disney's advertising staff. This is an edge of your seat thrill ride that pushes the boundaries of human endurance as it offers up excellent performances throughout. Great looking visuals, finely tuned 3D, a pitch perfect score, and a cast of talented individuals all round out this mildly Disney-fied adventure that never lets up during its nearly two hour run time. Going in with low expectations, I left the theater feeling like I had actually seen something special. This should've been Chris Pine's big hit film as a lead billed actor. Unfortunately for him and the cast of The Finest Hours, this ship is going to sink at the box office faster than I can say Kung Fu Panda 3.
It's too bad because this is a good movie with a clear message of hope against all odds. I hope for Chris Pine's sake that this doesn't hurt his career any further. After the failed Jack Ryan reboot, the not super successful Star Trek films, and This Means War, his star power may never reach the heights that it could. He's a good actor. He deserves a huge hit.
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