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Re: All is lost movie
I am not going to comment on this movie in particular, but more about the way that Hollywood treats sailing in general. As sailors we know that there are real life dramas in sailing. Any of us who have ever read a decent account of some sailing adventure understands that the boat and the sailing is only one supporting character in any sailing adventure. In any fact based sea story, the reality contains a mix of pathos, comedy, natural beauty, crisis and solutions, emotions and reason, the events unfolding in real time, and the emotional baggage and experiences brought aboard in the minds of the ship's crew, the known and unknown, the anticipated and the surprising, the impact of decisions vs. luck and fate, technology and the human spirit and ingenuity. It is in the genuine portrayal of that mix that makes a good sea story a tale that even a non-sailor can relate to and enjoy.
Yet when Hollywood gets these stories, they feel the need to ignore the realities of sailing and boats and create totally fictitious and unrealistic portrayals of the sea, boats and sailing. And the really weird thing is that these fantasy versions of sailing often start from riveting books telling true stories. So for example, 'All is Lost' began life with Steve Callahan's book, 'Adrift' which tells Callahan's amazing story of survival, ingenuity, and of the human spirit. A literal telling of Callahan's story would have been a powerful movie.
Similarly the movie 'Wind' is based on the book 'America 3' (America cubed) that tells the amazing story of the 1992 America's cup campaign by Bill Koch and Harry "Buddy" Melges which ultimately resulted in 1992 America's Cup win by the Defender 'America3'. In reality, Bill Koch (the third Koch Brother) fought his way out of being tied to his brother's finances, and then decides to put together an America's defender team from scratch. That team uses a large number of people who have not been involved in an America's Cup, brings in people from other disciplines such as aircraft aerodynamic theorists and material engineering, sports trainers, and ergonomic engineers, to rethink how a boat should be designed and constructed. They invented such items as 'Cuban fabric' which was the first successful carbon fiber sail cloth. The came up with a new way to construct carbon fiber spars and make connections to carbon fiber masts and booms which is why CF spars have become much more affordable and common. They were big underdogs and the racing was pretty close. Buddy Melges is reputedly an ingenious, colorful guy with a clever wit. Its a really good story.
But the movie 'Wind' takes the book and chooses to turn the sailing part completely upside down, making the sea story part of the story unrecognizable to anyone who knows anything about sailboat racing. the America's cup, and the source of this story. In doing so, the movie became a cliche ridden fantasy.
And such is the case with most movies that involve sailboats and the sea.
And so to me, movies like these are not sailing stories and so not really related to a topic for sailing forum that would normally interest me.
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Last edited by Jeff_H; 02-14-2018 at 09:33 AM.