I wanted to see this film mostly because of its trailers. Their editing was gripping, and it made the film look altogether great. I went to see it with a group of friends that also like film, and the general consensus was that it was a really good disaster biopic.
Prior to seeing this film, I had heard comparisons likening this film to last year's "Everest", which was a really good film, but it still had some issues. I would have to agree with that comparison. This film struggled with a lot of the same things that "Everest" did. The disaster section of the film felt extremely rushed. During the disaster, it became a bit hard to distinguish between some of the secondary characters due to the quick editing and somewhat confusingly similar costuming. That being said, this film does improve on a few things "Everest" didn't do as spectacularly. The protagonist is definitely clear in this film, and the development for the character is very well-done. Like "Everest", this film is definitely a good ensemble film, but Mark Wahlberg is a standout. Kurt Russell and John Malkovich are also great in supporting roles, especially so in scenes when they are conflicting with each other. Gina Rodriguez and Dylan O'Brien also have some great moments, but they have less time in which they can stand out. The film does, however, have some moments in which emotional development of the characters trumps logic, however, these moments aren't extremely prominent.
The film is beautifully shot, too. The cinematography was wonderful. My favorite shots included the underwater shots showing the oil rig. Bird's-eye shots of the explosion are also really good. The production design for the film is also extremely good, as it seems to be very realistic.
So overall, "Deepwater Horizon" is a very good disaster biopic, but it's definitely not perfect. It's a very good film, but I wouldn't quite call it the film to start awards season.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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