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Finestkind (2023)- A Reel Catch or Just Another Fish Tale?

Finestkind tells the story of two half-brothers (Ben Foster and Toby Wallace), raised in different worlds, who are reunited as adults over a fateful summer. Set against the backdrop of commercial fishing, the story takes on primal stakes when desperate circumstances force the brothers to strike a deal with a violent Boston crime gang. Along the way a young woman (Jenna Ortega) finds herself caught perilously in the middle. Sacrifices must be made and bonds between brothers, friends, lovers, and a father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his son are put to the ultimate test.



Hey there, fellow movie aficionados! It's your friendly neighborhood film fanatic, Dan, here to dish out all the delectable details on the latest flick that's been making waves, or should I say, tides, in the cinema world. So grab your popcorn, folks, because we're diving deep into "Finestkind."


First things first, let's talk about the star-studded ensemble that graces this fishy tale. Ben Foster, Toby Wallace, Jenna Ortega, and the one and only Tommy Lee Jones. It's like a Hollywood bingo card, and I'm here for it! You know you're in for something special when this lineup hits the screen.


Before you plunge headfirst into this cinematic ocean, you've gotta check out the trailer. Seriously, click that link up there, I'll wait. It's a mix of family drama, crime, and some intense moments out at sea. You'll be hooked faster than a fish on a line!


It's a Family Reunion, with a Side of Crime

"Finestkind" reels us into the lives of two half-brothers, played by Foster and Wallace, who grew up worlds apart. Think of it as a modern-day Cain and Abel, but with more fishing boats and fewer fig leaves. These two are brought back together as adults during one fateful summer, and you can bet your last sardine that things get complicated.

But wait, there's more! There's a young woman, played by Ortega, who finds herself caught in the net of their turmoil. Oh, and we can't forget about the grizzled veteran, Tommy Lee Jones, who's as stoic as ever. And yes, folks, there are moments that'll tug at your heartstrings, courtesy of Mr. Jones. Get those tissues ready!


Familiar Faces and Feely Feels

Now, let's talk about what floats my boat in "Finestkind." Firstly, there are plenty of familiar faces to spot. It's like a reunion of Hollywood's finest. And speaking of reunions, the family dynamics here are incredibly down-to-earth and relatable. You'll feel like you're right there on the boat with them, gutting fish and sharing secrets.

And let's not forget Tommy Lee Jones, who's so stoic he makes a statue look emotional. His performance brings a gravitas that elevates this film, making you forget you're watching a movie about fishy business.

Oh, and be prepared, my friends, because there are some emotional scenes involving Tommy Lee Jones that might just make you shed a tear or two. And the ending? Well, it's a tad corny, but honestly, who doesn't love a little corn on the cob once in a while?


Swimming in a Sea of Swears

Now, onto the choppy waters. There's a lot of swearing in this film, and I mean a lot. I get it; they're trying to keep it authentic, but sometimes it feels like they're trying to outdo a sailor on shore leave. A little less profanity wouldn't have hurt, guys.

And then there's the nickname that Ortega's character gives to Wallace. It's like they dipped their toes into the pool of racial insensitivity, and I'm not here for it. We're in 2023, folks; let's do better.


Now, before we wrap things up, let me drop some trivia nuggets for you. Did you know that this project has been floating around since 1995? Heath Ledger was originally attached at one point, which would've been something to see. And speaking of familiar faces, both Ben Foster and Aaron Stanford, who are in this movie, were also in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Foster played Angel, and Stanford played Pyro. So, it's like a mini X-Men reunion too!

The Verdict: Reel it In or Let it Swim Away?


So, where does "Finestkind" land on my cinematic scale? I'd give it a solid 7.6/10. It's a compelling tale of family, loyalty, and the high-stakes world of commercial fishing. Sure, it has its flaws, but the performances, especially by Tommy Lee Jones, make it worth the catch.


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