What to Watch This Weekend: The Sea Beast

The Sea Beast is an animated adventure story about hunters. These brave women and men sail across the vast ocean connecting their kingdom in search of the vicious monsters living within. For hundreds of years these creatures have ravaged ships and shores alike, and now Captain Crow (Jared Harris), first mate Sarah Sharpe (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), and famed slayer Jacob Holland (Karl Urban) set out to vanquish the deadliest and most infamous quarry: the elusive Red Bluster. But when new kid-recruit Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator) joins the crew, her actions and insight could very well provide new prospective on the whole situation.

What works in The Sea Beast are the stunning visuals and a boatload of engaging entertainment. Writer and director Chris Williams (Big Hero 6, Moana) paints with vibrancy as he designs a world teeming with bright and dazzling colors. The palette bursts with energy in every frame.  The animation is bolstered by well-crafted sequences of action that are the right combination of silliness and excitement to make patrons of all ages smile and laugh along with the proceedings. From the opening to the credits, The Sea Beast is a ride crafted to be full of enjoyment, and it succeeds at every turn as a swashbuckling tale brimming with heart for the whole family.

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The narrative arc of The Sea Beast is quite familiar, and those individuals who feel the general plot is derisive may not enjoy the movie as much as others. Anyone who has ever seen a movie focused on an established “hero” stuck in their ways who meets a kid against the backdrop of mysterious beasts will likely be able to guess the beats pretty quickly. There’s not much to The Sea Beast, beyond its aesthetics, that sets it apart from similar predecessors. Upon that context, there’s a reason they are called “tried and true formulas,” and The Sea Beast embraces this idea with a paint coat fresh enough to gloss over tropes.

The Sea Beast is perfect for an at-home summer family movie night. While it may not sail the genre to new places, the style and fun propel the movie far enough to make it highly recommended.

You can find The Sea Beast on Netflix now.

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