The Sea Wolf Reviews
An assortment of characters are travelling on a passenger boat when it is accidentally rammed and sunk by a freighter. The survivors are picked up by a ship, captained by the callous, ruthless Captain "Wolf" Larsen...
Reasonably interesting but not overly so. Plot doesn't always develop in a coherent or plausible fashion. Still, quite intriguing and exciting at times.
Performances don't help the movie. Edward G Robinson puts in a good, suitably dark and sinister, performance as Captain Larsen. However, much of the remaining performances feel quite hammy - grandiose language, speech-like dialogue, overly dramatic, like a play. John Garfield and Alexander Knox are particularly bad. Ida Lupino is reasonably convincing in he role though.
Captain Wolf Larsen is a ruthless leader that delivers his orders very deliberately. The crew mutinies and causes an uprising onboard. There are a couple men who don't want to get caught in the middle and try to get off the boat; but at every turn, they find themselves in the thick of things. Will the crew or Larsen ultimately control the ship?
"You're soft like a woman."
Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawks, Dodge City, Four Wives, Four Daughters, We're No Angels, Breaking Point, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Kid Galahad, delivers The Sea Wolf. The storyline for this picture is fairly entertaining and the villain is very well done. The acting was solid and the cast includes John Garfield, Edward Robinson, Ida Lupino, Alexander Know, and Barry Fitzgerald.
"You're disobeying orders."
"I don't like the way you give them."
I am a huge Michael Curtiz fan and watch as many of his films as possible. I grabbed this off a Curtiz marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Overall, I definitely found this to be an entertaining picture and a nice addition to the genre, but I would only watch this once and wouldn't purchase it.
"Good first mates are hard to find."
I made sure to see [i]In Her Shoes[/i] this weekend before it left theatres. I think Curtis Hanson is one of the best directors working today, and his new film keeps that thought in my head going. [i]In Her Shoes[/i] is really funny at times, really dramatic in others, sad in some, and happy and fun the rest. It covers all the bases, and I had a great time watching the women of [i]In Her Shoes[/i].
[i]Capote[/i] was just as great as I was expecting. I went into the film not really knowing anything about Truman Capote other than being the author of [i]Breakfast at Tiffany's[/i] and [i]In Cold Blood[/i], so it was pretty new to me. And pretty fascinating too. Phillip Seymour Hoffman better get the Oscar he's so deserved for so long.
[i]The Sea Wold[/i] is the second of four films I'm watching in the Edward G. Robinson retrospective at the Cinematheque in my school. I'm especially excited for the next two though, [i]Double Indemnity[/i] and [i]The Cincinnati Kid[/i]. But anyway, [i]The Sea Wolf[/i] for those not familiar with it is about an overbearing captain who picks up two survivors of a shipwreck, but makes them work on the boat until they reach a dock, which he said would be a long time. And it's about the new people aboard, and the captain and troubles there are on board, as they sail all day and night without stopping as they're being chased. Anyway, crappy summary, but great film.