New movie portrays a great story but could have been better

Mason J. Rockfellow, Editor in Chief

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The new drama “The Finest Hours” told a great story, but it could’ve been better.

Based on a true story of an impossible Coast Guard rescue mission of 32 crewmembers. Bernie Webber captained a 36-foot boat off the coast of Cape Cod during a blizzard in 1952.

I wish that Disney had gone a little deeper into the back story. I would’ve liked to know more about Webber and Ray Sybert.

Something that was different from other save-the-day movies was that there is usually only one main hero.

Not in “The Finest Hours” there are two heroes in this story.

There is the obvious hero, Chris Webber, and then there is the unsung hero who navigated to the best of his ability, the back half of a sinking ship. That man was Casey Affleck who portrayed Sybert, the ship engineer in the film. Like, who is this guy? He managed to keep half a sinking ship afloat long enough to be rescued.

Actor Chris Pine portrayed Webber in the movie, and to be honest, it wasn’t that believable.

Webber was supposed to be this keep-to-himself, shy guy who goes by the book, is honorable, and all I can think about is Chris Pine in Star Trek or as a spy. Besides from Pine looking pretty similar to the actual Webber shown from photos during the credits, Disney could’ve found someone better to play the roll.

But matching the actor’s looks with the original people was something that Disney does do well.

During the credits of the movie, they show pictures taken of the actors in character and then showed original photos of the Coast Guard crew members, and they were all very similar looking. It made me feel as if I really watched what happened that day.

Visually speaking, the movie was all there, from action to suspense and it has a surprisingly real feel to it.

The movie really makes you feel like if you were out in a storm crazed ocean fighting against Mother Nature in a tiny rescue boat. The intensity that you feel when watching is exhilarating. What really made this work were the visuals and the sounds of the stormy ocean, booming and crashing of gigantic waves really put the sense of trouble under the skin. Obviously there were good special effects, but they didn’t go overboard with it.

From start to finish you really got the feeling like you were watching the 1950’s. The scenery, cars, clothes, spoken word, and just a strong sense of traditional American culture were definitely present. There was even a photographer in the film was using a one-time use bulb for the flash on his camera.

It Had a nice balance going back and forth between the sinking ship and what was happening with Webber and his crew trying to find them in their battle against Mother Nature.

Like all stories, there has to be love somewhere in there, and it was. It started with love and ended with it.

Whether the background love story between Bernie and soon-to-be Miriam Webber was completely truthful or if just added for Hollywood, I feel like it was a little cheesy. The story would’ve been good enough with all the big crashing storm wave action, sinking ships, suspenseful moments, and the so called love story could’ve been left out. But if it was true to the actual events, then Disney did it okay.

Overall, the story is good, the cinematography is good, but I would’ve liked a little more back-story, and the acting could’ve been a little better.

If you like stormy, intense and dramatic ocean scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat, this movie is full of it.

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