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Starring: Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, Kathy Burke
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix animated adventure fantasy written and directed by Chris Williams. The Sea Beast (2022) is set in an era when terrifying beasts roam the seas, monster hunters are celebrated heroes, and none are more beloved than the great Jacob Holland (Jared Harris). But when young Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator) stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
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Maisie Brumble: [reading from her book] “There was a time when children dreaded the night, for the sleeping hours brought visions of horror. The dark times when those terrible sea beasts would ravage our shores, and no ship was safe on the sea. But thanks to the hunters, those days are over. Today, these valiant warriors battle the beasts far beyond the horizon, risking their lives to rid the seas of those nightmare creatures. And the greatest of the hunting ships is the Inevitable…
Young Boy: And the greatest of the hunters is Captain Crow!
Maisie Brumble: [as she’s escaping from the orphanage] Fair travels, me swabs. And remember, live a great life and die a great death.
Jacob Holland: We come all this way for a proper fight.
Captain Crow: And we’ll get it, me boy. It’s been thirty years since that thing took me deadlight. Now I’ll have me revenge.
Sarah Sharpe: [referring to her taking a drink] If we’re going to do battle with the greatest and most terrible thing in the sea, it’s best not to wait till after.
Jacob Holland: There might not be an after.
Jacob Holland: Alright, you fish killers! We come all this way for a proper fight. And now, we’ll get it!
Jacob Holland: All hunters die of the same thing.
Fen: Aye, being a hunter.
Jacob Holland: That’s right. Being a hunter. But every hunter dies a great death. Because every hunter lives a great life!
Sarah Sharpe: [to Jacob] Captain would like a word.
Old Nick: Speaking of dying a great death.
Fen: Nice knowing you, Jacob!
Old Nick: We’ll think of you often and fondly.
Captain Crow: So we’ll go home, collect our bounty, and repair the ship. And we’ll come back for that beast and bring hell down upon it. And then what? What is to become of the Inevitable after I’m gone? Through battle and wear, every beam, block, and spar has been replaced since the day she was launched. Yet she lives on. It’s an eternal thing. But I am not.
Captain Crow: On the day we take the Red Bluster, I will make me last entry as captain. Then it’ll be your time. I’ve known it since the day I pulled you from the sea. You’d been out there for days. But there was something in you, Jacob. A fire that wouldn’t die. Then I held you, and I knew. The fates had brought me a son. And that one day, you would be captain of the Inevitable.
Jacob Holland: The day you found me, I swore I would do everything in my power to keep people safe from them demons. If you would grant me this ship, I would accept, and it would be my honor.
Captain Crow: My boy. You’re going to do great things.
Sarah Sharpe: We’ll be off to kill a monster!
Old Nick: We’re going after the Red Bluster! So if this be our last visit to Three Bridges, I expect some right, proper debauchery!
Maisie Brumble: Me name’s Maisie. Maisie Brumble.
Jacob Holland: Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
Maisie Brumble: And you’re Jacob Holland, who once killed four of them beasts in a span of two days. Is it true you done that? Four in two days?
Jacob Holland: Don’t believe everything you hear, lass. Four in two days? It was five.
Maisie Brumble: That’s just the way for a hunter, ain’t it? You live a great life, and die a great death.
Maisie Brumble: I’m on the run, you see. And I ain’t going back. Because I’m joining your crew.
Jacob Holland: Oh, no, you ain’t. A hunting ship ain’t no place for a kid.
Maisie Brumble: But you joined the ship when you were me age. And look at you now. You’re a weapon against nature’s darkest design. It says so on page ninety-two.
Jacob Holland: Look, kid, I’m clever with a spear, but I’ve been lucky more than once. There’s no guarantee of making it to page ninety-two. Trust me.
'That's just the way for a hunter. You live a great life, and die a great death.' - Maisie Brumble (The Sea Beast) Click To Tweet
Maisie Brumble: You ain’t captain, are you?
Jacob Holland: No, but I am captain material.
Maisie Brumble: Captain material? Sorry. It just sounds funny.
Jacob Holland: I mean, I will be captain. Someday.
Maisie Brumble: Well, I intend to get on that ship. So, if you don’t mind, I’ll take it up with Captain Now, not Captain Someday.
Maisie Brumble: [as Jacob is carrying her out of the bar] Monster hunters are supposed to be heroes.
Jacob Holland: Yeah. And here’s me saving you.
Maisie Brumble: This is kidnapping!
Jacob Holland: No, love. It’s the opposite of kidnapping.
Sarah Sharpe: New friend, Jacob?
Jacob Holland: Ah, just some kid.
Sarah Sharpe: Ugh. Horrible things, children.
Jacob Holland: You can say that again.
Admiral Hornagold: She’s quite a sight, isn’t she? The Imperator is the most heavily-armed ship ever to set sail. The Royal Navy will push deep into the unknown world and eradicate every sea beast in our path.
Captain Crow: Not in that thing. She rests too low. And them fixed cannons is useless. And her Captain is an a**.
Captain Crow: Admiral, have you ever seen one of them beasts that wasn’t hanging from a ceiling? Don’t send your soldiers to die in a ship like that. It’s not built for hunting, and neither are you.
Admiral Hornagold: I assure you, I am not afraid of those beasts.
Captain Crow: Then you’re a fool! And you’ll take a lot of good sailors down with you!
Captain Crow: [to the king and queen] We hunters have shed blood, while you lot hid behind walls and drew lines on maps You’re cowards, the lot of you!
Jacob Holland: We’re ready, Captain. We’ll take that red demon.
Captain Crow: For we are hunters. And we will bring all of our skill, and all of our rage down upon this beast. And there will be justice! But that will not be the end of this great ship. For no one has sailed beyond the Dregmorr Sea. No one knows what dangers lurk in that terrible unknown. But it will be this ship, under Jacob Holland, that will pierce the darkness. So let’s drink to a successful hunt, with many more to come.
Jacob Holland: You stowed away?
Maisie Brumble: I stowed away.
Jacob Holland: You stowed away.
Maisie Brumble: I… Yeah.
Maisie Brumble: The name’s Maisie Brumble, but you need no introduction. You’ve been swallowed whole, shot through the heart, and cut to pieces. But the worms won’t eat you, and hell won’t take you, so here you are! The right, proud commander of the second-greatest hunting ship what ever sailed.
Captain Crow: Second-greatest? Which then, may I ask, is the greatest?
Maisie Brumble: I’m partial to the Monarch, for it’s the ship me parents served on.
Captain Crow: I see. Then they died heroes, didn’t they?
Maisie Brumble: Aye.
Captain Crow: I like this kid. She’s all vinegar.
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Sarah Sharpe: You’re on this boat because Captain Crow won’t stop to put you off it. The hunt is all. So give him your absolute obedience. Or fall on that yourself, because I’ll visit worse than death on you.
Maisie Brumble: You’re amazing.
Maisie Brumble: But I’m too much awake to sleep. I’m on the Inevitable with Captain Crow. Them pictures in me books come to life, and exacting bloody revenge!
Jacob Holland: [referring to Maisie] The monsters, I can handle. But that one, she’ll be the death of me.
Captain Crow: You’ll recall the hunter’s code binds us to all who come before and all who come after. I see a fire in her. Same fire I saw in you.
Captain Crow: The ocean has sent us its worst, and we’ll send it right back.
Captain Crow: [to Red, the beast] Run, you devil! And there we’ll be!
Jacob Holland: The ship can’t take it. We have to cut the lines.
Captain Crow: I’ve never run from a fight, and I won’t start now.
Jacob Holland: We must! Even dead, it’ll drag us to the bottom!
Maisie Brumble: [after the red beast swallows them] Are we going to die in here?
Jacob Holland: No. Well, yeah.
Maisie Brumble: Is it going to chew us, or will we get digested slowly with acids?
Jacob Holland: I don’t know, Maisie. This is all new territory for me.
Maisie Brumble: Haven’t you hunted these things your whole life?
Jacob Holland: We kill them, lass. We don’t study them. I guess it’s time to start.
Maisie Brumble: What are you going to do?
Jacob Holland: I’m going to kill it.
Maisie Brumble: Kill it? How?
Jacob Holland: Well, I don’t know. I just get pumped up and kind of wing it. Look, I don’t want to overthink this, alright? I’m just going to kill it.
Maisie Brumble: [as they escape out of Red] You could’ve killed me!
Jacob Holland: I could have killed you? You got it backwards, lass. I had it dead to rights, and you bollocksed it up.
Maisie Brumble: Dead to rights? I must have been watching a different fight.
'I don't know how the war started. Maybe all that matters is how it ends.' - Maisie Brumble (The Sea Beast) Click To Tweet
Jacob Holland: Well, we wouldn’t have been fighting at all if you hadn’t cut them lines.
Maisie Brumble: We cut them lines.
Jacob Holland: No. You cut them lines.
Maisie Brumble: You didn’t stop me, did you?
Jacob Holland: That’s not the same thing.
Maisie Brumble: Isn’t it?
Jacob Holland: No. It isn’t.
Maisie Brumble: What if them things ain’t as bad as they say? I mean, the sea is their home. We went after her, didn’t we? What if we just left them alone?
Jacob Holland: We kill them because they kill us. Do I need to remind you that one of them things took your parents? Should they have just left the monsters alone?
Maisie Brumble: I don’t know.
Jacob Holland: Oh, you are lost, girl. Your parents died heroes.
Maisie Brumble: I want to believe that, but maybe you can be a hero and still be wrong.
Jacob Holland: You’re not making any sense.