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Review: 'Chasing Mavericks' is on the nose


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Drama of 'Chasing Mavericks' is on the nose

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It frames its mentor-pupil relationship with heart, and captures the feel of big surf.

Watch any surfing documentary, from "Whipped!" to "Riding Giants," and you'll hear the dudes speak – in hushed tones – about the treacherous and epic waves that show up off the coast of Northern California when the conditions are just right. The Mavericks break is legendary, and for years, was considered some sort of myth by those who surfed and had never seen it.

"Chasing Mavericks" is about the days when that break was acknowledged as real, and the teenager – Jay Moriarity – who became famous there.

Jonny Weston is Jay, a curly-headed blond who has gotten the surfing bug from his somewhat standoffish neighbor, Frosty. The older surfer, played by Gerard Butler at his most gruffly charming, has a job – roofing – a gorgeous wife (Abigail Spencer) and a growing family. But his passion is surfing. All flowing locks, a regular Adonis-on-a-longboard, Frosty is one of the "children of the tides," he poetically narrates. And his secret is Mavericks.

But the mentor-student relationship works. The sense of a time and place is very strong. And the surfing footage is awe-inspiring. The film captures the majesty and violence of the big waves and gives us a taste of their allure.

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But "Chasing Mavericks" is still an entertaining dip into a world many talk about, but few have ever sampled first-hand.

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All flowing locks, a regular Adonis-on-a-longboard, Frosty is one of the "children of the tides," he poetically narrates. And his secret is Mavericks.

Yep; that's our Gerry alright...thanks for the uplifting review!

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  • 7 months later...

I know I'm days late & hours short, but I just rented Chasing Mavericks. Not bad. Awesome footage during the surf scenes. Got choked up at the end. They all did good!

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