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West Volusia Beacon Movie Review — Chasing Mavericks
Rated PG for thematic elements and some intense sequences
posted Nov 2, 2012 - 2:22:13pm
Get ready, guys, because Chasing Mavericks is absolutely shameless in its pursuit of daddy issues. This flick tackles a universal theme in the most the most teenybopper way imaginable. It’s a surfing movie that subtly targets the younger members of the audience by sneaking in messages like “drugs are bad.” Seriously, a surfing movie with an anti-drug stance? Harsh.
Johnny Weston stars as surfing legend Jay Moriarity. Back in his youth, he was a hell of a surfer, but not nearly the man he became. So he turns to local big dog Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) to train him to surf the biggest swell in California, the legendary Mavericks break (hence the title). Frosty reluctantly agrees, but not before putting Jay through a rigorous training regimen, Mr. Miyagi-style. Along the way, though, Jay meets a totally radical chick (Leven Rambin), and they hook up.
All right, so the plot is a little thin. Well, to be fair, the whole film is a little thin. It would take a man (or, well, a kid) with a certain number of daddy issues to fall prey to Chasing Mavericks’ wiles. Of course, it helped that it plays like a made-for-TV movie. Sure, it’s got some impressive surfing sequences and some beautiful shots of the ocean, but it just moves so slow. It’s hard to get into it when its momentum keeps breaking before the audience can get on board (a little surfing humor). It never really moves forward, and there’s so much melodrama watering it down that halfway through, you begin wondering if it’s lost sight of its overall goal. It gets lost in its own sentimentality before the crew finally came around and realized they were making a movie about surfing.
Popcorn represents how fun a film is to watch—how funny it is, how exciting the special effects are, and how enjoyable the story is on repeated viewings. The perfect popcorn movie would be one that never got stale regardless of how many times you’ve seen it.
To tell the truth, Chasing Mavericks isn’t excruciating. It will please the younger members of the audience. Still, there’s just something a little too sappy about it. Butler and Weston share chemistry, but it’s all too much drivel and not enough action. This is probably one of those movies best left to picking up on DVD , if you’re so inclined.
Stars & Popcorn grade: 2 1/2 stars, 2 popcorn
— Born and raised in the sunshine state, Patrick grew up loving movies. He’s currently attending the University of Central Florida and is a Cinema Studies major. Along with being the president of Stars and Popcorn, he’s a player in the independent comics scene.
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