My take on…Captain Phillips

My take on…Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips, based on true events, may be the best movie I’ve seen this year.

While I remembered quite a bit about the incident, the movie isn’t so much about what is happening, but about the people involved.

Tom Hanks gives a great, understated performance as Captain Phillips.

Even more impressive is Barkhad Abdi as the leader of the Somali pirates…and this is Abdi’s first acting credit. It is the type of performance that is so good, many people won’t realize it is acting: they’ll simply think that Abdi is Muse. That’s unfortunate, because this is a performance that deserves a Supporting Actor Oscar…and I do think a nomination is an “Oscability” (Oscar Possibility…my new term).

The directing by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) is superb, and certainly may garner an Oscar nom. The movie has no loose threads: it is as perfectly put together as a Tom Ford tuxedo.

I was careful to say “based on true events”, rather than a “true story”. There are crew members who were on the ship, and dispute Phillips account…and heroism:

The Guardian article by Ben Child

However, that doesn’t impact the value of the movie for me: if it is true, in fact, it may show additional skill on the part of the filmmakers.

I recommend this one.

Big Six (Acting, Director, Picture) Oscabilities:

  • Best Actor: Tom Hanks (5 Oscar noms, two wins)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi
  • Best Director: Paul Greengrass
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Ray
  • Best Picture

I could also see it nominated for a number of other Oscars, including editing.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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