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The Sea Beast Review – IGN

The Sea Beast Review – IGN

The Sea Beast premieres Friday, July. 8 on Netflix.

Although The Sea Beast is a bit bloated, it is a loving, pulsating animated adventure that provides good family food in the summer. The film comes from Netflix Animation and deals with well-traveled themes, but the mild genre mix here, by pirates vs. sea ​​monsters, as well as some nicely executed action sequences, help to create a fun fable about acceptance and forgiveness.

Directed by Chris Williams (Big Hero 6, stories for Moana / Emperor’s New Groove), The Sea Beast delivers a soft robbery story about a world filled with giant aquatic animals and heroic “hunters” who have the task of bringing them down. Some generations have passed since the “Dark Times” (when these monsters were said to directly attack coastal towns), and hunters are now so widespread, with their precarious profession, that there are now orphanages for orphans because their people went to war with a colossal sea worm.

Zaris-Angel Hator’s young Maisie is one of these orphans, even though she dreams of escaping to the open sea and living a life of monster hunting as a mother and father. The set-up, which establishes both Maisie and one of her heroes, Karl Urban’s Beast-Killing Sailor Jacob, is a bit lengthy – since it’s definitely a shorter, tighter (better?) Film here – but the best, most effective parts of The Sea Beast make up for the chewing parts. Each act is a bit guilty of repeating moments that have already been dealt with, but the end result is still a fun movie with great animation.

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Hator and Urban create a tangible couple, and emit surrogate father / adopted daughter vibes while arguing and then committing to what to do with the monsters. To begin with, they are both on the same side, sea demonically, as Jacob inherits the role of captain of The Inevitable from his own adopted father Captain Crow (Jared Harris) while Maisies left her orphanage graves and stowed away on the ship to join her idols in snake spears. Then comes “Red” – the movie’s Moby Dick type (who also sometimes doubles for King King), and Jacob and Maisie start a debate about who genuine monsters can be in this endless conflict.

The Sea Beast struggles with pacing, antagonists (Dan Stevens gives voice to an arrogant royal nemesis, but very briefly), and story payouts, but it’s also charming, and the new life Jacob is thrown into, after being so set on one. orbit so long, gives an absorbing, fantastic character 180. And since both Maisie and Jacob learn to love Red, and empathize with sea monsters in general, The Sea Beast still lets the monsters keep their fangs. These are not necessarily peaceful, docile creatures. They, as humans, contain layers and will strike out even if the moment does not require it. This adds a nice bit of complexity to what could have been a much simpler story.

You have a visual feast that is able to capture both the grandeur of the ocean and the emotions of a child.


The colors appear wonderfully in the film as well, with most monsters that will take their own place on the spectrum – so much so that Maisie mentions some just based on their hue. Add to this the vast scenery involving ships, waves, whirlpools, gnashing teeth and buzzing tentacles, and you have a visual feast that is capable of capturing both the grandeur of the ocean and the emotions of a child.

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Pictures from the sea animal

Jared Harris, as Captain Crow, seems to be the type of father figure Jacob may have to avenge, but he thrives on something much darker and more interesting. There are some unresolved issues regarding Crow and his inner turmoil (and dealing with a witch) as the credits roll, but the story still utilizes him better than most other films with a similar character. To be fair, Crow is not the only remaining thread at the end of this story, which is a shame since it seems like it was a good time to address everything.

Karl Urban, who currently plays on The Boys (and is known for other wonderful sci-fi grits in Dread, Star Trek and Almost Human), gets involved in a bit of kindness here, while Jacob flourishes from narrow-minded to protective and compassionate. Jacob, who has the task of breaking a circle of violence, has a steeply skewed curve, but his time with Maisie and Red (and blue) is handled with enough care to make his transition affordable.

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