My little movie fans are 5 years, 10 months, 4 weeks & 1 day old.
I had the pleasure of attending the pre-screening of a new Disney movie called The Finest Hours 3 days prior to its release to the public.
The Finest Hours is a film about true heroism. If I could describe it in one word, I would use the word compelling. Knowing that it was based on a true story really blew my mind the whole way through. The courage of the lead actor, Chris Pine, and his crew was beyond anything I could fathom. I would have thought it fictional had I not known better. I know I could never be so brave. It did inspire me. I took away with me the affirmation that any storm can indeed be weathered in any context.
I will not give any spoilers, however, I will say that for some children under 13 this may be an ‘OK’ PG-13 movie for him or her to see along with you. There is no nudity or really strong language in it at all. No drugs, etc. There also wasn’t any real amount of physical violence in it that I can recall, but I am assuming the rating comes from the men being tossed about the boat, some injuries, things of that nature. But there certainly was nothing horrible, nor gory in it.
I think some children will be OK at ages tweens on up. You know your child best, so it is a parent’s judgement call here. It’s an intense film, but it doesn’t have the typical things that call for the PG-13 rating, in my opinion, aside from what I mentioned as ‘possibles’ above. Kids just may not be that into it at earlier ages, and some may be sensitive to intense films, but every child is different.
I thought it was a great film overall. I was not bored in the least. It wasn’t my favorite movie of all time, but I’m not usually into these kinds of movies. Needless to say I was sitting there watching in silence, praying for a good outcome, and I did eagerly watch the movie, and I did very much enjoy the ending, which many movies lack a good one of those. It definitely gave me the feeling of watching a grand finale.
Admittedly, I did have some tears in my eyes. I also did find The Finest Hours quite easy to follow. It wasn’t a movie that was confusing or just plain hard to make sense out of. It was pretty clear cut, and the cast was superb in their acting abilities. You would think they were the real deal from decades ago when the events of this movie really occurred. A sign of great acting is when you can go back to another place in time, here it was the 50’s, and make us believe that you are really living in that time period.
My husband thought it was a really good movie as well. You can’t put it up against Titanic, but few films hit that mark in my book. However, it is a worthy movie ticket purchase. Most of the other people in the theatre seemed to have positive reactions upon exit. (I like to listen to their chatter to place inside of my review.) It seemed like the vast majority were excited about the film.
So there is action, everlasting love, but no nudity or sexual innuendos. This movie does hold your interest throughout, and it has a very, very good and gripping ending. I’d rate it 3.25 out of 4 stars. I know that is not a true movie score, but it is what I would personally give it, so I guess it would be rounded down to 3 out of 4 stars, although it deserves slightly more.
It did not hurt at all that the star of the movie was insanely hot. Something for the ladies for a change :lol:.
I’d also like to note that aside from a fairly limited amount of times, the 3D for this movie was NOT a necessity. It would have been just fine without it, but they are putting many movies into 3D automatically now. (Just a side note.)
Watch the trailer below to see if you would be interested in a film like this. Again, knowing it was a true story really blew my mind.
I am writing this without any spoilers as to not tarnish your movie going experience. Do watch the trailer, and make your choice based on that and my words in order to see if this is the right film for you.
Happy movie going!
**Disclosure: I work with a PR firm as media for Disney. Me and my family get to attend pre-screenings of movies at no cost, but this in no way affects my opinions/ reviews of them.**