Written September 28, 2016
While I must admit first off, I am somewhat biased, as I love Santa Cruz, having lived in the area for many years. The scenery is spectacular, and this movie, while bordering, but not entering the somewhat "cheesy" zone, does not disappoint. This is a true story of a young man, perhaps an old soul, who knew his destiny from an early age, and followed his dream to ride the Mavericks- once thought to be a myth, but which really exist, the huge swells following a strong winter storm, and cresting up to 80 feet in height.
The Mavericks is actually in Princeton-by-the-Sea, California, north of Half Moon Bay, and they happen a good 2 miles out to sea, though the movie made it seem that the area was less than an hour's drive north of Santa Cruz, and they watched the surfers with binoculars.
But no matter. The cinematography is spectacular, and the actors, including Gerard Butler, completely engaging. I'd see it again.
Written October 21, 2016
Big surprise, not a blockbuster movie but a well made action drama. A true inspiring story with great water cinematography. Must go movie for 10 and over kids anf adults. Surfs up.
Written April 30, 2017
First to the Critics: What's up with your reviews? Is there a problem with a film having no blood and gore and being inspirational instead of hateful?
Second to those who haven't yet seen it: I feel that this movie was very well done and is safe for young children. Overall, a very good movie. The characters are believable, and the scenery is spectacular.
Written April 30, 2017
My son and I loved this true story. He is 13 and his dad is a surfer. It reminded him of our home in California. The story was well told and acted. It was inspiring.
Written April 25, 2017
As a lifelong surfer, I LOVED this film. What was great about it was the fact that both leads WERE surfers, unless head replacement are that much improved in Hollywood. I LOVED this film because it respected surfing the sport and the life style. It was authentic as the territorial imperatives, the bad ***surf gangs, the young kid surfer are just archetypes in American surfing. And DP Bill Pope of Matrix fame and a DP that I've worked with as a director was superb. The aerial unit was fantastic. Same for the water units with the world of in water camera people hitting high notes for cinematography. I just am STOKED about Chasing Mavericks because Jay's story was so righteously told. RIP Jay. You and your Board will NEVER be forgotten. Aloha, Bob Carmichael.