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Chasing Mavericks Movie Review – Fails in execution

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Chasing Mavericks
Chasing Mavericks, directed by Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson is based on the true life story of Jay Moriarity, ace surfer who reached the pinnacle of fame at the age of 16 and died at the tender age of 22.

Chasing Mavericks is a heart rendering tale of a guy who lived and died doing what he loved doing best - surfing! Jay Moriarity's fears, passion, insecurities and his love for his mentor Jay Moriarity has been captured brilliantly by the directors.

Considering that this is a very sensitive and heart wrenching story, the plot could have been made more stronger. Chasing Mavericks failed as far as screenplay is concerned. The narration seems rather bland and emotionless. Dialogues too are not as impactful as it could have been.


Jay (Jonny Weston) lives with his mother Kristy (Elisabeth Shue). Kristy has had a bad marriage and is struggling with some odd job or the other. She is desperately trying to make things work financially and also trying to tackle emotional depression at the same time. She is too involved in the problems of her life to take care of her son. Jay grows up seeing his mom struggle every day and therefore grows up to be a very responsible and strong willed young lad.

Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) lives in the neighbourhood and soon Jay starts looking up to him. Besides, Frosty was the one who saved him from drowning when he was a child. Jay follows Frosty around and discovers he surfs giant waves north of Santa Cruz, in Half Moon Bay, California. Jay somehow convinces Frosty to train him in surfing and he goes on to become one of the best surfer in the world.


Chasing Mavericks scores high on performances by each and every star. Gerard Butler is brilliant and enacts his role with utmost conviction. Jonny Weston is cute and has good potential.


Chasing Mavericks had a very strong script, but failed in execution. Watch it if you like surfing and the heart wrenching tale of a young lad who dared to live his dream.

Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer
Direction: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson

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