White Squall – A Movie Review

So, my friend and one of “my boys” (that’s what I’m fond of calling them as I have appointed myself as their official keeper) in the house I’m currently living in bugged me yesterday to watch this movie and help him come up with a movie review afterwards, that’s why I have discovered it.

We watched the movie in The Porch, my favorite part of the house, accompanied with a bag of Marty’s Cracklin’ and a big plate of Nissin’s Pasta Express Creamy Carbonara. And after that, came my very first one-page A4-sized movie review:

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Although the story did not take much effort on building every individual cast, still, it was successful enough in portraying each one of them in becoming unforgettable characters.

Chuck Gieg, one of the ship’s student crew and the storyteller in the movie started off and has has maintained to be a neutral type of character – not standing out, not lagging behind. I agree with one of the boys saying that he’s like a glue, making people around him stick together.

The bad boy Dean Preston was annoying enough at first, but gradually grew into an admiring character as the story progressed, being able to accept his weakness and accept help from the very ones whom he used to bully.

Skipper, the ship’s captain, is a type of mentor that the more he becomes difficult to please, the more you would want to please him. This is because he undoubtedly earns respect by proving the wisdom behind his every action. This was best portrayed on the part when he forced Gil Martin, a boy with acrophobia to climb up the sail of the ship. He did this to quickly confirm the boy’s fear of heights, and at the same time make him realize that he has to overcome that fear in order to do his part on the team.

White squall portrays vividly how happy adventures combined with harsh experiences can create a bond between people of different economic backgrounds and personalities. Even the tragic end to the crew’s adventure with the ship was not strong enough to break this bond that was formed among them.

One valuable lesson that this movie brings is that in forming a team, aside from following orders of the team leader, one must not look at his comrad’s strength as a reason to be competitive, but rather look at it as a healthy challenge to also offer the best of his own. Also, one must not look at his comrad’s weakness as a reason to see himself superior in any way, but rather look at it as an opportunity to help and be a part of the other person’s self-improvement. Just like how the ship Albatross’ motto goes “Where we go one, we go all”, being a part of a team means setting aside the desire to stand out and focus on striving to be a part of a bigger entity, by being responsible not only of oneself, but of each other, and realizing the value of friendship, the only thing that remains when everything else ends.

Oh, and I must add:

If you’re a seaman, or a marine or nautical student, or a girl (like me) who’s in love with one of these boys, I recommend you watch this movie. (wink)