Barry Bostwick and Renée O’Connor team up to hunt down a gigantic whale somewhere in the south seas in this 2010 tale of a man, a whale, and a dream of killing that whale. Watch with me as I:
- Watch it for the first time
- Compare it extensively to the original Herman Melville novel (it’s about a guy hunting a whale)
- Pick apart the intricacies of the plot (guy hunts whale, whale tries to eat aircraft in peace)
- Analyze the symbolism (leg = penis; whale = thing that eats penises)
- Get my 1978 Battlestar Galactica references all wrong (Starbuck = Apollo, Cassiopeia = Serina, robot dog = son, “biddi-biddi-biddi” = Twiki from Buck Rogers)
- Review whale biology (female whales have udders, right?)
- Never, ever compare it to Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, which this is better than
I praise the sets, CGI, directing, and acting—where appropriate (I’m lookin’ at you, guy-with-the-blank-stare-of-a-cow). And I complain that everything is lit like an Italian restaurant. Enjoy!
Start the movie with the countdown just as the mountains fade up.
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2 thoughts on “2010: Moby Dick”
Shalom! Always a pleasure.
I don’t know how I missed this entry until now, but I am certainly glad I did find it at just the right time. I just finished the Down in Front commentary which was hilarious as Trey Stokes was the director, and basically disavowed responsibility for the last reel. I’m looking forward to a thorough compare and contrast between the two commentaries.
And nothing is better than Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.
I listened to that one too. I think he was harder on it than I was!