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True Spirit Review 2023 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Years ago I read “Sailing Alone Around the World” by Joshua Slocum and I have been a solo Cape Horn groupie ever since. There were some great books including Naomi James engrossing “At One with the Sea.” At the start the success rate of solo round the Horn was about 50%. It has improved with technology and weather data but is still a risky exciting enterprise. The sailors all seemed a little bit odd, I felt a kindred spirit. Cf “Voyage for Madmen”, also filmed. So, I bussed down with my nearly 10 year old granddaughter to see “True Spirit” when it opened at Maroochydore.
At the time of her voyage, I had wondered if there was some pressure on the sailor for the trip, but the more I saw of her the more she seemed to be a determined independent young lady who had her own ideas. I have been steadily impressed with her. She is not seen chasing ‘celebrity’. I was however a little apprehensive about the film, as there were no reviews, – this could be one of those over-earnest paeans that the Antipodes can do. The granddaughter is a hard critic. Well, she liked it and watched earnestly right through. It does have a bit of an old-fashioned feel to it. No slaughtering superheroes or flying hedgehogs. I am glad I took her to see it.
I thought it wasn’t bad, with reservations. The storm scenes/CGI were a little unreal. (like in ‘Perfect Storm’ – graphically spectacular, but distracting) This detached me from the drama. And the general sailing was less absorbing than it might have been, though I know solo sailing isn’t all excitement, it can be done. Apart from the ‘over the top storms’ the photography was good. The sea is a good act to watch.
The dialogue often tends to be formulaic and occasionally cloying. Shame; a lot is good. Teagan Croft is excellent as Jess, she seemed to be the character. Cliff Curtis was great as the mentor Ben Bryant. Anna Paquin good as ever and generally the actors were fine. Some things I vaguely remember from the time, such as the flyover by the parents (-must have been emotional.) and the wait before the Horn, were barely dealt with but excusable in the name of good editing. At 106 minutes it was about right. Actual footage of Jessica at the end was quite moving.
Sarah Spillane has avoided over adulation. There are some script failings but still very watchable reproduction of Jessica’s exploits. The determination and achievement of the young sailor were recognised in the film and anchored it.