The Sea Beast Review – Is The Boys Star’s Netflix Movie Any Good?

While blockbusters have returned in big fashion this summer, animated offerings have been few and far between unless you’re a franchise fan.

If you don’t feel like it light year or the coming Minions: The Rise of Gruis worth a trip with the original film from Netflix The Sea Creature. Directed and co-written by Chris Williams (who co-directed Moiana and big hero 6among others), the film has sailed to select theaters ahead of its Netflix release on July 8th.

Inspired by the fantastical animals that graced 16th and 17th century nautical charts, The Sea Creature takes place in a world where such beasts exist and mankind has responded by creating monster hunters to track them down and kill them at sea.

One such hunter is the celebrated Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), part of Captain Crow’s (Jared Harris) crew on the Inevitable. But when young Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator) hides on his ship for her latest mission, Jacob embarks on an epic adventure into uncharted waters.

The Sea Creature, Karl Urban as Jacob Holland and Zarisangel Hator as Maisie Bumble


The titular beast is the Red Bluster, Captain Crow’s white whale, and our first eyes are drawn to a terrifying giant red beast that sets us up for an extended chase movie. However, following the inevitable’s battle with the Red Bluster at the end of Act I, the film plays its true hand.

Jacob and Maisie get closer to the Red Bluster than they planned, opening their world to what’s really going on between humans and beasts. The central message here isn’t particularly new – guess who it is real Monsters are – but the story is gripping and doesn’t belittle the audience.

It helps that the beast’s design evokes memories of Toothless How to train your dragon made easyand it’s just as endearing and full of character. The Sea Creature also throws all sorts of cute beasts of all sizes into the mix, including Maisie’s favorite Blue, who will challenge Red Bluster as her favorite.

While the creature designs invariably lean towards cute, the design work elsewhere is impressively realistic and detailed. From the water effects to the rousing camera work during the set pieces, The Sea Creature is striking and beautiful to look at. If your local cinema is playing it, the cinema experience is totally worth it.

the sea monster, Zarisangel Hator as Maisie Bumble


The Sea Creature particularly impresses with its animal set pieces, which would not be out of place in an action blockbuster. They’re imaginative, epic in scope and, while there are a few kid-friendly gags, they’re serious and have real suspense.

It’s the set pieces that give the film its uniqueness, as it is otherwise How to train your dragon made easy, but with sea creatures. We’re not saying this isn’t a winning mix, especially with a bit of sass, but it’s necessary for something else to happen if the film is otherwise unfolding as you’d expect.

There is no doubt about it The Sea Creature is a journey worth taking. It’s a visually spectacular and entertaining adventure with a well-told message that the whole family will enjoy.

The Sea Creature is available now in select theaters and will be available on Netflix on July 8th.

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