Directed by Craig Gillespie
Written by Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, and Paul Tamasy
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana
Disney’s newest film, “The Finest Hours” based on “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman, which chronicles a heroic rescue mission by the U.S. Coast Guard in the winter of 1952.
I know that during the Oscar’s the categories for costume and production design are used as a bathroom break, but “The Finest Hours” proves that those are essential ingredients in a movie. The movie takes place in the 1950’s, but the costuming and the production design make the film look like it takes place in the 1940’s. The failing of those two departments makes the film feel odd. While watching the film, it looked like you should be watching a Word War II movie and not a movie about the Coast Guard in the 1950’s.
“The Finest Hours” does not need the character played by Holliday Grainger because she is unnecessary and is only in the movie because the film needed a female lead. The set up between her and Chris Pine was pointless because it had nothing to do with the main plot and it was a long way to go for a quick drink of water.
The movie looked great, the shots of the boats at sea during the storm looked great, the CG was well done. The CG did not fake or like obvious CG. While watching the movie I was not even thinking about how bad, or even good the CG was. Now, that we firmly entrenched in the age of doing everything with CG, if you are not thinking about it then it is good CG.
“The Finest Hours” is a compelling drama about a heroic rescue that never feels overly glorified. It never feels like what they are doing is so important, that what they are doing will have a historical significance. Movies like “The Finest Hours” often feel like that, “The Finest Hours” seems more like they were just doing what they had to do.