Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chasing Maverkicks [2012]

Chasing Maverkicks is the (mostly) true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarity, who died in 2001 at the age of 22.
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.

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