Alan Zilberman – Washington Post
The whale in “Moby-Dick” is not only one of the biggest living creatures on the planet, but also one of the biggest metaphors in all of literature. So it’s easy to forget the genuine horror we might feel if we ever actually encountered such a beast.
“In the Heart of the Sea,” a new film from director Ron Howard, strips away the myth from Herman Melville’s novel, focusing on the real-life whaling voyage that inspired it. As a tale of adventure and survival, the film is plausible and compelling. The screenplay, however, uses a clunky framing device for the narrative, creating an unfortunate distance from the action.