Moby Dick (1998)

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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

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Herman Melville's classic 1851 sea tale about the vengeful sea Captain Ahab who seeks to kill the great white whale who took his leg and is willing to forego the safety and endurance of his crew to do it. The tale is told from the vantage of the only surviving member, Ishmael, a young man who joins the crew of the Pequod for his first seafaring with the aid of his harpoonist friend, Queequeeg. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated PG for mild language and for some intense whaling action/violence | See all certifications »
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This is the second time Patrick Stewart played a Captain of a Vessel and quoted lines from Herman Melville's Moby Dick. He first did so in the Star Trek Series. See more »

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Peter Coffin: You a commadore, then, or a cook?
Ishmael: No, a simple sailor, jumping from spar to spar like a grasshopper in a May meadow. Very much like a slave. But who isn't a slave? Tell me that.
Peter Coffin: I suppose you're going whaling, then?
Ishmael: Aye. Would you be having a room for a simple sailor, Mr. Coffin?
Peter Coffin: Aye, if you've no objection to sharing a blanket with a simple harpooner.
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As bad as it sounds, not as good as the book
3 August 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I watched this immediately after finishing the book, and all I can say is that I am a bit baffled.

There were quite a lot of changes made in this version, compared to the book. Now, while this is a pretty normal thing, most adaptations require changes, I must say that all the changes made here were for the worse.

All the ways this movie/mini-series differs from the original book are bad. I cannot understand why the makers of this film made the changes they made. It seems to me they cut out the very depth of the story.

Most of the characters, for example, were more shallow, more over-the-top, like caricatures of the originals. This ruins the mood and the atmosphere of the story. Granted, the at times ridiculous language in the book does a bit of the same in the original, but not nearly as badly as the style of this adaptation.

I feel that the whole core of the book Moby Dick is the character of Ahab, and his dual nature. He is hell bent on killing the whale, but also, deep down, a good man. Now, for some reason, the latter aspect of the character was much down-played in this version. The beauty of the original story is Ahab's own struggle with his obsession, and all the rest of the events in the story are just reflections of this internal struggle. This version does itself a disservice by not following the original on this.

The book has it's problems, it's long and tedious, but the story within is a far better one than the one told by this adaptation.


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