Chasing Mavericks Movie Reviews

Chasing Mavericks

Chasing Mavericks

Release Date: Oct 26, 2012

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG)

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  • 3
    This is a drama about surfing and it tells a story of Jay Moriarty (Johnny Weston) who decides to ride the biggest wave on Earth and a local surfing legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) decides to help by teaching Jay how to survive. I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters. I do not surf and i felt that this film was made for a very specific audience. I did find the story pretty interesting and inspirational but I do not think it is necessary to see this film on a big screen. Honestly, this is one of those films that you will forget the second you leave the theater.
  • 4
    This is a drama about Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston) who wants to ride the biggest wave on earth and survive it and he needs help from local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler). I am a surfer myself and I guess i am biased about this film and it was definitely targeted towards people just like me. I liked this film and if you surf i bet you will like it as well so I recommend seeing it in the theaters. I thought the story was interesting and inspirational and acting was really good as well. I don’t know if this film will be liked by people who do not surf but people who do will totally love it.
  • 4
    Gotta admit that this is a pretty good movie, even though it will probably mostly appeal to the surfing aficionados mostly. The movie is fun and fresh and definitely will make you want to surf - or at least befriend someone who likes to surf. I think the only real complaint I have against this movie is that it kind of dragged in some parts, especially when the character of Frosty is busy trying to prove how he has fallen and how he doesn't know if he will ever be able to get back. He seems pretty desperate, but I think a couple of outbursts would have been enough. They should have trimmed some of his lines or just implied his issues with his past. I think the movie clocks in at 111 minutes, but it could have easily lost 20 minutes and been just as well told and much effective. Still, it's worth watching and I think a lot of young and old people will enjoy it. Makes you appreciate having a hobby and a mentor.
  • 3
    Liked this movie, didn't love it. Sorry, guys. This movie is fairly predictable and you know what will happen the second you see the trailer. Loner kid who loves the waves seeks out a washed up surfing legend who is down on himself. They both seek out the greatest wave in the Pacific Ocean, saving each other in the process. I wasn't taken with the whole concept of a young gun saving the hasbeen, we've all seen that in dozens of movies before. This movie tries to be something different by setting the whole stor on the beach and in the ocean (and yes, there are some truly amazing shots of Butler and Moriarty surfing) but the emotional engagement is so low that you might as well be watching a movie about two kids baking a cake. There's no emotional investment, despite the whole idea that man is water and water is man (we are 80% water, remember?) It tries to be deep, but ends up pretty shallow.
  • 4
    I was hesitant to see this movie because it seemed like it would be a typical guy bonding flick, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Gerard Butler movies typically are pretty bad (yes, guys, I'm including 300, which for the record was a video game, not a movie) and I'm still getting over the travesty that was that movie he did with Hillary Swank (PS: I Love You. PS: Its SUCKED!) but Chasing Mavericks was the first time I saw one of his movies and didn't run out of the movie hall with a pounding headache. I liked the fact that the movie wasn't only about sufing and that they tried to make it interesting to those of us who know nothing about the waves and water (I am landlocked, you see). Elizabeth Shue was superb in her brief role and she deserves much more as an actress. She's one of those rare actresses who everyone knows but for some reason doesn't get the acclaim or popularity that she deserves. She beats Angelina, Aniston, and Kristen Stewart any day of the week. ANY.
  • 5
    This movie was TOTALLY DOPE YO!

    The story was nothing great, to be honest, but the surfing footage was SO amazing. I have only been in the water like five times in my entire life, but this movie made me want to promise myself that I would not delay any longer in learning how to surf! I don't know all that much about so-called mythic and legendary waves, but this movie made me want to search them out. The kid who plays Jay is really good and totes believable as someone you'd expect to see on a surf board, but Gerard Butler as the surfing legend Frosty Hesson is tops. You totally forget that you're watching the guy from 300, he's SO good in this. This movie is also a great story for anyone who isn't into sports movies. I went with two of my friends, both of whom don't care for sports. and they both LOVED it. Highly recommended.
  • 5
    I found this story very inspiring and sweet, even if it is kind of typical for a movie about sports. I don't know much about surfing, but I do know that those who do surf think of it as a religion, and this movie definitely depicted this aspect of the surfer mentality accurately. Why else would seemingly sane young men chase dangerous waves that could kill them in an instant? They live for the adrenaline rush of knowing they have survived the most tempestuous of Mother Nature's whims, which feeds their desire to live. The relationship between the two leads is more like friends than like teacher and student, which I found refreshing for my kids who also really enjoyed the film. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 12 but for those with teens, it's a great family flick. I think everyone should see this who needs a bit of inspiration - it's based on a real life story, after all, and those movies are always the best ones to watch!
  • 4
    Movies about young men seeking out older (generally fallen) men to help them with personal endeavors invariably become about the relationship between the two characters, and typically veer off to show the audience that what matters is not the initial goal but what happens outside of its pursuit. Chasing Mavericks follows this formula carfeully, though it manages to lift itself above cliche with inspiring performances from Gerard Butler and newcomer John Weston, both of whom clearly relish the waves as much as they do facing the camera.

    I admit that I know very little about surfing. Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the better part of a decade now, the sea and its hidden legends remain mysterious to me. One of the most popular legends is the Mavericks Surf, supposedly the greatest of all surfs which occur somewhere near the Santa Cruz area. Jay (Weston) is a 15-year-old surfer with an itch to escape the mundane realities of life on the land. To hear him talk, you’d think he was a dolphin in a human body. When he discovers that the mythic Maverick wave is just miles away from his home, he turns to legendary surfer Frosty Hesson (Butler) to help him find and conquer the wave. Frosty has his own demons, of course, which have gotten the better of him since his heydays as California’s prize surfer. As he helps Jay train for the ultimate surfing challenge, Frosty learns how to cope with life in the shadows of his own success.

    The movie is based on the real life story of the actual Frosty Hesson, but as I know next to nothing about him, I cannot gauge how well the film’s narrative holds up to reality. But as in all biopics, the filmmaker’s goal is to print the legend, not the truth. And by that measure, the movie is surprisingly watchable.

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