The Sea Beast

The life of a legendary sea monster hunter is turned upside down when a young girl stows away on his ship.

  • Released: 2022-07-08
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
  • Stars: Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, Kathy Burke, Benjamin Plessala, Somali Rose, Kaya McLean, Davis Pak, Helen Sadler, Xana Tang, Alex Wyndham, Brian T. Delaney, Ian Mercer, Shannon Chan-Kent, Max Mittelman, Paul Chowdhry, Jim Carter, Doon Mackichan, Rajia Baroudi, Emily O'Brien, David S. Lee
  • Director: Chris Williams
  • GiraffeDoor - 23 January 2024
    Of its time; watchable enough.
    Another agreeable yarn against tropical, primary colors and a vibrant approach to the designs of its aquatic colossi which have the vintage look but not so much that they look like they were just copied from classic sources. They look indeed like they INSPIRED those older sources.

    A paternalistic love story of sorts as the orphan finds the reluctant sea-dog who can take care of her.

    Apparently, the era of sea-fairers and colonialism was the most inclusive time in history, at least in the work place.

    The approach to characters (even minor ones), world building, back-drops and set pieces are everything you would want but the winds leave the sails for the 2nd half.

    Our little girl protagonist is something of a Miyazakian heroin in that she has very little character development (not none, just little). So soon this narrative becomes the classic story-type of vicious little humans against the noble giants (this time of the deep) and it takes the young child all of 5 seconds to figure out that diplomacy and all the other sesame street values will just get them out of any pinch much to the chagrin of her much more experienced companion.

    It's at least all right in principle at least as it explores various pertinent messages such as cynicism against those who are in charge and how it is victors who write history.
  • yaoiever - 26 April 2023
    The ending undermines the message
    This is not a bad movie by any means. The story , while a little predictable, is enjoyable, the animation is extremely well done and the visuals are great.

    What I take issue with is the ending of the story. It's a downgraded version of httyd. You see, in that movie the dragons were a menace. Even if they wouldn't be integrated into viking society, the people would still be better off without their raids.

    Sea beast is different. Here the entire economy of a kingdom is based on killing them. The ending not only leaves hundreds of people jobless, but financially destroys a country. It doesn't give any alternative sources of income.

    I get it, this is a kids movie, I shouldn't take it so seriously. But how can you ignore the devastating consequences of the movies event? It is almost like a counter argument to their own message. Because yes, the royalty lied, but that lie was the only thing keeping the kingdom alive. Is it not selfish to prioritize the life of beasts over actual humans?
  • TheMysteriousReviewer - 18 March 2023
    A Beastly Adventure
    It has been a really tough time for Netflix when it comes to animation with many projects cancelled and many employed lay off. But this movie shows at least they can still be able to make good animation content like this. The Sea Beast is a really enjoyable movie that's involved adventures through sea creatures. Although I wouldn't consider the best Netflix movie since some of the elements that involves anti-hunting are unoriginal, it still succeeds as an exciting adventure movie with a nicely executed story, great voice acting, some intense action, and realistic and glamorous animation. This movie is worth watching for those that are in for an adventure film. But I would even recommend this movie that are obsessed into stories about monsters, even the sea ones. Even if Netflix has been going through hard times for animation, you can tell at least they're doing what they can to maintain the content. Not their best movie, but this one is worth the adventure.
  • rimshajabeen-09621 - 15 November 2022
    A passionate girl is determined to do what she wants to do!
    A little lass named, maisie, no matter she is young and energetic but ready to challenge every obstacle whatever comes in her way. Words are more powerful than bullets so she uses her kind words to seduce an enormous monster to stop the fight which was going on for many years. She teaches to the people of the land that you can be hero by not killing monsters. It's not compulsory that only killing monsters can make you a hero. The fight will never stop if we will not stop by ourselves. In the end, people of the town agree with her words and stop king and queen from killing Red Bulster. She also comes to know from books how to control sea beast and win their hearts which she does finally.

    A little girl with big mind teaches to the people of town that killing all the time is not actually worthwhile sometimes without killing we can win their hearts and can become heroes.
  • briaelise - 17 September 2022
    It's cute- water HTTYD, and some pirates.
    *Please keep in mind this review and rating are coming from the perspective of "this movie was made for children, not fully grown adults"*

    The people who say it's like How to Train your Dragon are definitely right. And it doesn't take long to notice. There are some obvious holes in the story, that could've been wrapped up with an extra 10 minutes of movie broken up here or there. For me that's the most disappointing part. They also say "a**" and "bloody hell" one time each and not as a punchline (pretty much just because they're "hunters") so you may care about that for your kids.

    But- it's an entertaining movie. It's lighthearted. You'll get some laughs. Its beautiful animation. Good dialogue. Not too long. And I personally liked it...

    If you're looking for a movie that will keep you guessing- this is NOT the movie for that. It's very predictable- but it's a kids movie, how much suspense are we expecting from a kids movie???

    To me it's a cute film, but it depends on what you prioritize in a movie. If originality is high on your list or suspense, or surprise.. you probably won't give it more than a five. But if animation and entertainment are your main priorities then I'd say it's closer to an 8 or maybe even a 9. Either way I think it's worth a try. Especially for kids (Which is who it's intended for)
  • sharkoyaroslaw - 30 August 2022
    Nothing cool, just an ordinary cartoon.
    Watching this cartoon, I did not feel a return to my childhood, the cartoon is quite simple, among the pluses I can only identify certain childish moments and certain words that do not sound childish, which is quite unusual for such a cartoon and can depend on the rating. The minus that scared the monsters the most is their appearance, some of them look as if they were created in a few hours by an amateur, sometimes it is even scary to look at them, which ceases to be a children's cartoon and becomes a horror. The characters are interesting but not revealed, they act according to the script and you don't feel the soul and essence of what they do and their actions, it has to be done that way because it has to be done that way, not logically. I liked the sound, I think they worked hard on the sound, it conveys at least some atmosphere.

    P. S. This is just my opinion.