The Finest Hours - Can it Live Up to That Lofty Claim?

The Finest Hours - Can it Live Up to That Lofty Claim?

The Finest Hours is a real-life story that deserved better.

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I just watched Bridge of Spies, another "based on a true story" movie. And while I quite enjoyed it, it raised certain questions in me, just like other "based on a true story" movies- Argo and Cinderella Man both come to mind. In short: just how much "fudging" are they doing here to make this fit neatly into Screenwriting 101's demanded series of peaks and valleys? This friendship- did it actually occur? This hair's-breadth escape- was it actually easy? This villain- was he as bad as he was portrayed? This tidy series of setbacks- did it actually go down that way?

I have to wonder if something like The Finest Hours is tedious because the story, while epic sounding on paper, amounts to a five-minute anecdote when one lays out the facts. And then there's the question of whether one should laud it for not turning a five-minute anecdote into a "big fish story", even while wondering if said anecdote should never have been made into a movie at all.

Marter:
The Finest Hours - That's a Lofty Claim, Movie

The Finest Hours is a real-life story that deserved better.

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Just wondering, how do you pick the films you watch and then review?

09philj:
Just wondering, how do you pick the films you watch and then review?

Priority is given to the new theatrical releases on a given week. If there aren't enough, then we'll dig into what's come out on VOD over the last couple of weeks.

Sybert's story is just as repetitive as he and the crew try to figure out various ways to keep their ship afloat just as long as humanly possible.

Given how a similar kind of storyline turned out to be pretty engaging in The Martian I wonder what went wrong here. Poor directing or script, or were the other stories in the film just bringing it down

 

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