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This review is from: Moby Dick [DVD] (DVD)
From Asylum Pictures - the company that brought you 'Titanic 2', 'Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus' and ...erm... 'Nazis at the Centre of the Earth' - comes a modern retelling of Herman Melville's classic novel.
Now I don't want to insult anyone's intelligence here (that's the film's job) but if you're expecting an intelligent and psychologically penetrating reinterpretation of the original source material you've come to the wrong place. (Just look at the DVD cover: it tells you everything you need to know about this turkey.)
Buuuuuut(!), if you're a fan of Melville's work and - more crucially - have a sense of humour then you could do a hell of a lot worse than this travesty. There's a fantastic drinking game for English Literature students in this movie. (Rennee O'Connor's opening line, "Call me Michelle"; the remote Typee atoll and the grave of Father Mapple; the nuclear missile 'Fedallah'; etc)
If you want the definitive film version of 'Moby Dick', check out John Huston's magnificent 1956 film. If you want to see all the bits Huston left out, check out Franc Roddam's impressive 1998 TV mini-series with Patrick Stewart. When the takeaway Pizza arrives and your third beer calls, check out this production. Think of it as knowing homage rather than dumbing down, otherwise you'll go crazy. Trust me, I KNOW.