Jeff's Review of Chasing Mavericks


  • 16 months ago via Flixster
    Chasing Mavericks

    Chasing Mavericks (2012)

    Chasing Mavericks is one of those films that had the potential of being a truly unique and memorable viewing experience. However right off the bat you can tell that the script lacks something truly compelling, and that's a shame because the true story is truly one of a kind. The script tries too hard at being inspirational and we've seen so many films like this that it just ends up being a mediocre curiosity at best. The directing is sloppy and it just falls short and it could have been much better than this. Some may enjoy this, but I felt it really lacked in its inspirational element and the story of the real guy is truly better to read than this movie. This film had mediocre acting and wooden performances that just didn't stand out. Even the surf scenes lacked, and I still feel that the surf scenes in Point Break are much more impressive. This film should have been something much more, but the script just ends up falling flat, and like I said, the directing is lazy and the filmmakers don't give the real story the respect it deserves. If the script would have been rewritten and a few other actors could have been recasted in a few parts, this film might have been better. Chasing Mavericks for me was a disappointing picture, one that simply squanders its potential on a poor script that just leaves you wanting more out of the film. The film had its highs and lows, unfortunately there are too many parts that just doesn't cut it and it just falls short. With the right attention to the material, Chasing Mavericks could have been a great film; instead it's a forgettable film, and one that leaves a lot of room for improvement.

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