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Film review: Chris Williams The Sea Beast’ crowds out At Annecy Festival Ahead of Netflix release

Netflix’s The Sea Beast garnered much excitement at the Annecy Festival, so much so that popular demand prompted the addition of a bonus screening to the schedule. From director Chris Williams, whose credits include Disney’s Bolt, Big Hero 6, and Moana, the film represents his post-Disney debut. In a personal introduction to the screening, he spoke about his childhood fascination with the film King Kong and legends such as Moby Dick, both of which served as sources of inspiration for the film.

Genius Hunter Jacob Holland The Last Great Monster-Hunting

Humans have hunted marine animals for centuries in an attempt to rid the oceans for the safety of mankind. Talented hunter Jacob Holland works with the infamous Captain Crow on the inevitable, one of the last great monster-hunting ships. When orphan Maisie Bramble sets off in hopes of following up on the monster-hunting legacy of her deceased parents, she and Jacob discover the true nature of these giants of the deep.

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The How To Train Your Dragon series from the film DreamWorks Animation,

It’s hard to miss the King Kong motif throughout the film, in which Macy represents the female protagonist the Beast befriends. The film draws many similarities to DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon series, both in the design of the dragon-esque lead beast, named Red and in the film’s final message about humans learning to live in harmony with nature. pulls up. Red doesn’t have the cute factor of Toothless, so instead is a tiny creature that will likely evolve into a monster, which Macy adopts and names Blue.

Led by Karl Urban and Dan Stevens

The voice cast in this European-inspired film speaks in a predominantly British accent, but the dialogue often feels forced. Macy’s speech sometimes sounds like Oliver! Like a kid’s impromptu audition for a local theater production of the U.S., each scene stops briefly, starting with “G’day, gonna.” Dialogue rarely flows well, which is a shame as there are some big names attached to the roles, which are led by Karl Urban and Dan Stevens. Some punch-ups definitely could have been better

An action sequence a force

With moments that rival the battle with the Kraken in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Sea Beast pushes the boundaries a bit with violence in a PG-rated animated film, showing off harpoons creatures and even a major fight in which Maisie is so injured that she needs an immediate blood transfusion. is required. It’s never bloody, but definitely serves a more lethal act than your typical family-friendly animated movie.

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With a few dry spots in the plot and a premise that takes a little longer to advance, Sea Beast requires some patience from its audience. Those in the know about a heartwarming story about respect for nature and the importance of truth will find this story. Leaving behind so much familiar territory in both its plot and style, the film is unlikely to make much of a splash beyond its initial streaming release. It shows a lot of promise but could have been a lot better with some more fine-tuning.

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