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Not exactly a big wave

Not exactly a big wave
Awesome visuals of surfing more or less make up for bit of a drag here and a tad too preachy there. Chasing Maverick may be the real life story of Jay Moriarity, the surfing legend who died at 22. But, the directors – Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted – certainly have chosen to follow the sports film template to the T. Towards the end, things fall into place a little too quickly. But mostly Chasing Maverick keeps you engrossed, thanks to the surfing scenes and good acting by the lead characters. Honestly, can’t remember the last time that Gerard Butler, who plays the local surfing legend Frosty Hesson who young Moriarity looks up to, made such an impression.

Young Moriarity takes up surfing with a vengeance. Jonny Weston, who plays him, makes us want to take up surfing as well. Such sheer joy he exudes as he surf. Of course, his life is not bed of roses. We are given a little peek into his socioeconomic conditions – just so we know that his grittiness has a context. We are also introduced to Hesson’s family to establish the grumpiness of his character. But mostly, we follow the clichéd route – of the reluctant coach and the eager student who form a bond as time goes by. The training is on so Moriarity could chase Mavericks at Half Moon Bay in California, the whale of a wave. But instead of surfing techniques, Hesson teaches him endurance. In the process, he learns a thing or two, too. Like we said, sports film template to the T.

Yes, Jay Moriarity trumped the wave in real life, too. Thanks to that, at 16, he took a long jump into surfers’ hall of fame.
Jemima Raman

Jemima Raman

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