REVIEW: Netflix’s latest animated film is an enjoyable sea monster adventure
Despite all the issues Netflix has had with retaining its subscribers and staying afloat, they are still making some great original content.
“The Sea Beast” is a thoroughly enjoyable high-seas adventure, though it seems to have sailed under the radar this month.
Don’t let this one go down in Davy Jones’ locker. “The Sea Beast” arrived on Netflix with little fanfare and not much publicity, but don’t hold that against this action-packed animated film. It’s fun for kids and adults alike, and while the overall message is a little heavy, the sense of adventure can’t be beat.
Set in the Age of Exploration, “The Sea Beast” is about an ancient ship of monster hunters and their quest to slay the gigantic beast Red Bluster. But when expert monster hunter Jacob and young aspiring hunter Maisie get lost at sea, they’ll learn there’s more to sea monsters than meets the eye.
Right off the bat, “The Sea Beast” offers some truly fun and thrilling high-seas action. It all takes place on these old wooden boats with large sails, with crispy sea dogs throwing spears at these giant, wonderfully animated sea beasts. It’s very similar to a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, but since it’s animated, you can do so much more with the action and the stunts.
The movie immediately establishes a fun cast of diverse characters and throws them into the deep end. All of the voice actors do an amazing job of bringing their characters to life, which is a really good mix of main and supporting characters. It’s always fun to see the oddballs thrown together on a ship’s crew, and “The Sea Beast” has a really fun crew.
The movie slows down a bit in the second half, as the message and the main story kick in. But the animation never slows down. The film has a vast menagerie of sea monsters large and small, each bursting with color and personality.
Animation on the big screen just keeps getting better, and it’s not just Disney that can make great animation these days.
Everything comes together for a fairly strong finale. If I’m being totally honest, I think the movie goes a bit too far in trying to deliver a message at the end. I don’t think the writers put the right foundations to convey the message that they are doing. But that’s not a deal-breaker when the rest of the movie is so much fun.
With any luck, “The Sea Beast” can become a sleeper hit. The beautifully animated movie combines great action with big and beautiful sea monsters, and there’s plenty of fun to be found in it.
“The Sea Beast” is available to stream on Netflix.
For more on the film, visit the Sentinel Cinema podcast at: https://romesentinel.com/stories/the-sea-beast,138177