Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Chasing Maverkicks 
In terms of cinematography and composition, this movie is amazing. The surfing footage is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
In terms of plot though... well, Chasing Mavericks leaves a lot to be desired. I know that it's a true story, but even true stories should be told with energy. This is the story of a 15 year old boy who was able to ride some of the most powerful waves in the world, and yet it's told in a relatively limp fashion. Not much about Jay's life is explored. Characters we're supposed to care about are- well, let's just say that it's hard to even remember their names. Plus, there's some sort of Gang-Drug Dealer thing implied with Jay's best friend, but that's left pretty open ended.
Jay's also got kind of a cute romance thing going with his friend Kim, but she's not that compelling. If she were a more developed character, it might be more satisfying when they finally kiss.
The Verdict: B-
Wow, I don't really have a lot of thoughts on this one. I'm pretty neutral on this movie. The reason it gets more than a C is because of the stunning cinematography and production. If you're interested in Filmmaking, or if you're a die hard surfer, then this movie might be a good one for you.