Okay, so.. Hank’s back. I went ‘awol’ for a few days, leaving JO.jo in charge, which didn’t turn out quite the way I’d expect. But I’m back, in full force, no less.
I just recently watched a the movie ‘The Perfect Storm’ from 2000, (yeah I know, I’m ashamed it took me so long) directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, Diane Lane, John C. Reilly and William Fichtner among others. The movie is an adaptation of the 1997 non-fiction book of the same title by Sebastian Junger, which is about the crew of the Andrea Gail that got caught in what would be named Perfect Storm of 1991, or as it is also called; Halloween Nor’easter of 1991.
I haven’t read the book myself, so I can’t really talk about how accurate it is to the source material but what I can say, is this; The director (Petersen; Das Boot, Air Force One, Troy) took what was a tragic event and made it into a movie Masterpiece! From the moment the movie began, to the very end of the credits, I was hooked! He made you feel for the characters as the story progressed and the way he used his actors, making them feel as if you knew them personally. It was just beautiful to watch!
And the acting… Wow!! The sheer amount of talent in this film… it’s astonishing. Diane Lane is amazing, Mark Wahlberg and William Fichtner both show that they are indeed A-listers and John C. Reilly, well, what can you say about Reilly? It’s just fantastic to watch. I have never really been a fan of Clooney though, feeling that he lacks the range needed to be considered a great actor, but here, he really shows us that he actually have just that. He controls his character (capt. Billy Tyne) with a force not seen since Sir Lawrence Olivier and my opinion on Clooney have been forever changed to the better.
The reason why I hadn’t seen this movie before was pretty simple. A story about some fishermen trapped in a storm, it just felt like something I couldn’t be interested in at the time, but luckily, I grew up, gave the movie a chance and the end-result was a Fantastic movie-experience and I would, without any hesitation what so ever, recommend others to see it. I can actually say that it, in some ways, changed my life for the better.
What do you think? Have you seen it? If you have, give me your opinions on it, if not, tell me why?
Now, it’s time for my niece’s birthday-party, but I’ll be back with yet another post later tonight. What’ll it be? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
But until then…… Keep the spouse happy, stay in today and watch a movie together!