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It’s almost the weekend. We are so close, but it wouldn’t be Friday if a new slew of movies weren’t out today! This week we have the third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, a parody film by Marlon Wayans called 50 Shades of Black, Jane Got a Gun, a western starring Natalie Portman, and last, but definitely not least, we have The Finest Hours, the story of the most daring small boat rescue in United States Coast Guard history. I got to check out The Finest Hours last night, so that’s the one I’ll be reviewing today! I was pretty excited for The Finest Hours. Every trailer got me excited, and I really like Chris Pine as an actor. I didn’t get to see the footage from Disney’s D23 Expo, but I heard it was amazing. It also deals with subject matter that I particular enjoy. It deals with the military, and it deals with the making of heroes, both things I care about and can get excited for. I’ve also recently started to see Casey Affleck come into his own and become a really great actor, and as I said before, I love Chris Pine as an actor, and though he hasn’t been in too many movies that have blown me away, he is one of the best parts of the Star Trek films simply because he makes the character of Captain Kirk his own, and is so likable, so with that said, let’s talk about The Finest Hours.
The Finest Hours is directed by Craig Gillespie, director of movies such as Lars and the Real Girl and the recent baseball film Million Dollar Arm, and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Holliday Grainger. It is the story of the most daring small boat rescue mission in United States Coast Guard history. After a massive storm splits the enormous SS Pendleton in half, the sailors on the ship must hold the fort down until the boat sinks. Casey Affleck’s character, Ray Sybert, takes charge and organizes the chaos to keep the shipping boat afloat for as long as possible. After falling in love quickly with a young woman named Miriam, Bernie Webber, played by Chris Pine, captains three other men in the Coast Guard out onto the dangerous waters for a rescue attempt while Miriam takes action at home trying to get her future husband to return safely. The story is based on a true story, and this is still recognized as the biggest small boat rescue ever.
I was expecting to absolutely adore this movie. It is a January movie, but I loved the trailers, the cast, the director, and literally everything I’ve seen from the film. Craig Gillespie directed Lars and the Real Girl, and that’s a movie I wouldn’t have expected to like as much as I actually did. He also directed Million Dollar Arm, Fright Night, and Mr. Woodcock, and though I haven’t seen either Fright Night or Mr. Woodcock, I had confidence in Gillespie as a director, and I’m glad I did. He really impressed me with the camerawork in this movie, and how he framed and moved shots. The scenes in the water when the mission is going on are absolutely fantastic. I held my breath the entire time, and I’m sure that the guy next to me wasn’t super happy about my leg nervously shaking. I was so invested in the mission, and I was so invested in these characters and the situation they were put in. I could almost feel how cold and wet they were, and Gillespie did a great job of bringing this story to life. Chris Pine also did a very good job in the role. He nailed the Boston accent, and he’s such a likable guy that you get behind this guy, and he’s a guy you enjoy watching become a hero. Casey Affleck also did an amazing job. He was so calm, cool and collected, and it was pretty easy to be able to tell that he was not only a leader as the character, but a leader on set. His performance gave everyone else around him more meaning, and we really care about his character and we want him to succeed. Though he is in a stressful situation, he does such a great job portraying a tranquil guy who is doing his best to contain the situation and allow these men to survive. I loved the story, and the way that Gillespie shot the movie wholly electrified the plot and brought it to life.
The Finest Hours was a good movie, but unfortunately it wasn’t a great movie. For almost the entire first act of the film, I wasn’t very interested in what was going on. It was so slow, and with a love relationship that I didn’t whole-heartedly buy, I was just not interested. It dragged very hard, and even later in the film when we cut back to land, I instantly lost interest. The entire film was either with Chris Pine or Casey Affleck, and as much as I loved those scenes, I did not love the scenes with Pine and Holliday Grainger. It had nothing to do with Grainger’s performance, because I thought she was very good, but the story between the two was underwhelming. I didn’t feel the heart and soul when we were focused on what was going on on land, and I was silently begging for the film to return to the water to keep us updated with Pine and Affleck. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if it didn’t take up such a large chunk of the movie, but it took up a good portion of the film. I was so relaxed and wasn’t completely engaged in the film until it took off with the mission.
Overall, The Finest Hours is a film that is good, not great, yet it could have been so, so great. It’s not a bad movie, and once the movie shifts into the next gear, it’s really very good. The movie is surrounded by very good performances from Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, and Ben Foster, and it’s very well made. With that being said, most of the positives occur once the movie hits its stride and stays there. The first act of the film is very slow and difficult to engage with. What really impressed me is that this movie has 10/10 scenes, and it has more than one of them. It just has a couple of problems, in my opinion. I’m going to give The Finest Hours a 7/10.
So have you gotten a chance to check out The Finest Hours yet? If you have, what did you think? Be sure to leave a comment down below and let me know! If you haven’t seen The Finest Hours, do you plan to this weekend? If you haven’t seen it yet and you do see it this weekend, come back and leave your thoughts in a comment! You can check it out with our great friends over at FatCats Gilbert all weekend! If you don’t see The Finest Hours, are you going to see a different movie this weekend? There are plenty out to see! I also have good news! Throwback Thursday reviews will be back after they went on vacation for a couple of weeks. They went to Disney World, and they had a great time, but they’re going to return with one of my favorite comedies of all time, The Big Lebowski, in honor of the Coen Brothers’ new film, Hail, Caesar, which is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. If you don’t believe that, check it out right here on my Top 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016. Make sure to stay tuned for that, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!