Gerard Butler plays mentor to Jonny Weston's character — late surfing icon Jay Moriarity

By Darren Franich
Updated October 31, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Credit: John P. Johnson

Chasing Mavericks

type
  • Movie

It’s almost worth seeing this surf melodrama just for the gorgeous cinematography of impossibly huge waves crashing against the water — and the comparatively tiny humans who aren’t so much riding those waves as barely surviving them. Unfortunately, whenever Chasing Mavericks goes ashore, it becomes a half-baked coming-of-age cheesefest — think The Karate Kid with wetsuits. Gerard Butler makes an affably scruffy longboard Miyagi, but lead Johny Weston plays true-life surf legend Jay Moriarty as a blank-faced angel cipher. That’s understandable, perhaps: Co-directors Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted clearly intend Mavericks as a tribute to the late Moriarty. But in attempting to honor their subject, the filmmakers also sap the life out of a potentially thrilling story. C

Chasing Mavericks

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 111 minutes
director
  • Curtis Hanson

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