Movie Review: The Finest Hours

And…we’re back, darlings!  Sorry for being MIA for about 6 months.  I got this new AWESOME job which has required changing my schedule A LOT.  But, things have calmed down a bit (I know, famous last words right?) and I’m back!  So of course my first post in half a year is going to be about a movie everyone should see: The Finest Hours.  Seriously.  If you haven’t seen this movie, rent it.  Right.  Now.

The movie: The film is about the greatest Coast Guard rescue in history.  In the 1950s, a crazy snowstorm battered the east cost and the Coast Guard in Chatham, Massachusetts (think the Cape Cod area) embarked on an impossible mission to save those stuck at sea.

The cast:  Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana are the ones you will know and the others you will learn to love.

The reason for the high recommendation: This movie is awesome.  It is hands down the very best acting performance Chris Pine has ever given – and arguably one of the best performances that the silver screen has witnessed in a very long time.  Yes, it will be overlooked for all of the awards because the story isn’t sexy enough but Chris Pine is absolutely understatedly electric in this movie.  He creates a completely different character than any other he has portrayed in his career to date – and it is a fantastic creation.  Believable, endearing, consistent – you name it, he did it.

Saving the best for last, I need to give a slow-clap standing ovation for Casey Affleck.  I must be honest here – I’ve never really be a fan of Mr. Affleck.  He always seemed to play crazy-eyed and screw-loose characters and just never appealed to me.  His role in this movie is the polar opposite of what he has portrayed in the past and he is excellent in it.  Totes on the Casey Affleck train now (and apparently the Academy is too).

Why are you still reading this and not watching The Finest Hours?  Go!  And come back to leave your comments on the amazingness of this movie.  Enjoy!

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