Movies From the Hat 2 – Moby Dick (1956)


Recommended by Vic of Vic’s Movie Den

(Recommendation #12 of 30)

Tnx Vic!

moby-dick“To be enraged with a dumb brute that acted out of blind instinct is blasphemous.” – Starbuck

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The classic tale of the ship that chased the great white whale known as Moby Dick

My Take on it – When thinking of an actor to portray the obsessed seaman seeking his White whale, I’m not sure that Gregory Peck would be high on that list.

After having read this book sometime in hih xchool and constantly getting lost, it was interesting to see it adapted for the screen.

IMHO, many of the classics are better when viewed (on stage or screen) in addition to just reading the books because it gives you much more scope and depth to what is transpiring.

The problem that I had with this movie is the fact that it feels too long and drawn out and some scenes feel quite boring. Perhaps the book is also that way, but since it’s been so long since I read it, I perhaps forgot if it is an interesting read or not.

Bottom Line – Interesting to see the story adapted for the screen. The problem is that the way the story is told comes across as too slow and at times it gets a bit boring. Not sure if Peck was the best choice for the lead because he doesn’t seem to have it in him to play someone like Ahab.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Starbuck’s Coffee franchise took its name from the character Starbuck of the Pequod crew. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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10 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 2 – Moby Dick (1956)

  1. Sorry to hear you didn’t care for this one, Rob. Thought for sure you’d appreciate it as much as I did. I wish I could have recommended something more up your alley. Nice work , man. Have a great summer! Best to you 🙂

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  2. What a great recommendation! Shame you didn’t enjoy it much.

    It’s weird, I had pretty much the opposite feelings when I watched it – I found it immensely exciting and I thought Peck was literally awesome as Captain Ahab!

    Didn’t you find it so eerie at the end when he wad dead, but his arm was swinging in the breeze, beckoning the crew over to Moby Dick? Gives me shivers thinking about it!

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