The Sea Beast – The DVDfever Review – Netflix – Karl Urban, Dan Stevens

The Sea Beast The Sea Beast begins with young Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator) living in a boarding school-type dormitory, telling the other kids tales of the titular sea beast, before breaking away and escaping from the place.

Before long, Ms Brumble stumbles across The Inevitable, a ship helmed by Captain Crow (Jared HarrisChernobyl) and Jacob Holland (Karl UrbanThor: Ragnarok), who take out a green sea beast early on, but there’s a bigger challenge ahead….

Our titular hero, Jacob, is a sea monster hunter aboard the aforementioned vessel, best known for killing many of them over 2 days, but can’t manage to kill the ‘red devil’ who’s the Sea Beast in the title.

Meanwhile, Captain Crow – who has an eye-patch – knows his time at sea is coming to an end, and that once they’ve taken out the also-named ‘Red Bluster’, that will be the time to call it a day and hand over the metaphorical ship’s reins to Jacob. Maisie also find a way to stow aboard, as they’re going to do the deed.

Along the way, at one point, it all goes a bit ‘Moby Dick’, while The King and Queen (Jim Broadbent and Doon MacKichan) think the crew already had a chance to bump off the beast, but passed up on this. But how will things pan out for them all? Well, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

With more to discover, including Kathy Burke as devilish Gwen Batterbie, The Sea Beast looks great, and for me, it’s engaging enough for a while, but even still, at almost 2hrs, this does go on way too long. Kids will have more tolerance for it, though, and it comes from the same director as Big Hero 6 and the much-loved Moana, so they’re right and I’m wrong.

Thanks to our friends at Netflix for the screener prior to release.

The Sea Beast is on Netflix from Friday July 8th, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.

Check out the trailer below:

The Sea Beast – Official Trailer – Netflix

Detailed specs:

Running time: 115 minutes
Release date: July 8th 2022
Studio: Netflix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Score: 6/10

Director: Chris Williams
Producers: Jed Schlanger, Chris Williams
Screenplay: Nell Benjamin, Chris Williams
Music: Mark Mancina

Voice cast:
Jacob Holland: Karl Urban
Maisie Brumble: Zaris-Angel Hator
Captain Crow: Jared Harris
Sarah Sharpe: Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Admiral Hornagold: Dan Stevens
Surgeon: Paul Chowdry
Cart Driver: Helen Sadler
Gwen Batterbie: Kathy Burke
The King: Jim Broadbent
The Queen: Doon MacKichan