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You see the major movie this surfing drama could have been, cresting on the horizon like a 20-foot wall. It’s a tale about a death wish, as two based-on-real-life Santa Cruz natives, both of them dealt lousy hands, strain for self-negation in the mashing crucible of nature. Teenage Jay Moriarity (Weston) shucks off parental abandonment to wander down by the churning coast. Adult surfer Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson (Butler) is one of those boy-men who never got the hang of fatherhood. Jay and Frosty come together, ease a mutual ache and, just when a lesser movie would heal them, complete some kind of preordained path; the unfairness of it all.
Chasing Mavericks is, unfortunately, that lesser movie, a disappointment given the past boldness of co-directors Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) and Michael Apted (documentary series Up). The film wants to be inspiring, when it might have been cosmic – a far greater ambition. Tossing boats and dreamers, the huge waves perform beautifully.
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