Drawing upon the true story of world-renowned surfer Jay Moriarty, Hanson and Apted perfectly depict the surfing haven of Santa Cruz, California. Jay (Weston) gets it all: the girl, the replacement father, the big wave and the sobered-up mother, making it hard to believe the guy’s good luck until the concluding credits reveal (for those not yet familiar with events) the film’s tragic conclusion. Thrilling cinematography of giant waves, the homage paid to Moriarty, and a rugged Gerard Butler make this worth a watch.
Chasing Mavericks | Directed by Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted (UK 2012) with Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue. Starts January 24