It would be hard not to give a stamp of approval to this uplifting, family-friendly biopic based on the inspirational real-life journey of an Australian teen, despite a few overly formulaic aspects. Sure, True Spirit could have found a more original way to convey Jessica's lifelong motivation to sail around the world than (cute) childhood flashbacks. The narrative arc of the cynic-turned-cheerleader journalist doesn't feel essential or genuine either. But these slightly cloying elements don't diminish the true story of Watson, whom Croft embodies with a combination of steadfastness and vulnerability.
As it turns out, quite a lot of it was true. True Spirit is based on the book of the same name, written by Watson, about her sailing journey, which began when she was about eight years old. Watson is one of four children born to Julie and Roger Watson, all of which took sailing lessons from a young age. The family even lived on a boat for several years, during which Julie Watson would read Jesse Martin's book about his journey sailing the world as a bedtime story (clearly had a strong influence). In a story without shortness of magnificence, Jessica spent ages 11-15 honing in on her craft. Jessica sailed 6000 ocean and 6000 coastal miles while acquiring numerous sailing qualifications. She would join the crew of several boats, gaining well-rounded experience in sailing.
In terms of events conveyed in the film, several did not happen in Jessica's real-life journey. Two of them were particularly impactful, the first being stuck at sea with no wind for a week and the second being knocked unconscious by a frying pan during a storm. These made-up events do not take away from the peril of Jessica's journey, though, as there is a scene in which the Ella's Pink Lady is temporarily sunk 15 feet during a storm, and frighteningly, this is true and did happen.
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Based on the 2009 true story, TRUE SPIRIT follows 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson as she tries to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. As she faces setbacks in training, a hostile media, violent storms, and loneliness, her family, her coach and her skills help her pursue her goal.
I'm afraid to admit that this Netflix flick crashed through my defenses and eventually - eventually - won me over. It's a bit manipulative (call it drama, call it suspense) but it's such a winning, good-natured film that I have to admit that I put that skepticism behind me and just went with the ol' triumph of the human spirit thing.
The film is the true story about how a teenage Australian girl became the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe in her smallish sailboat back in 2010. She weathers (pun intended) storms and glassy seas to make it back alive... though I started to have my doubts at points.
4 But you belong to God, my children, and have defeated the false prophets, because the Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit in those who belong to the world. 5 Those false prophets speak about matters of the world, and the world listens to them because they belong to the world. 6 But we belong to God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever does not belong to God does not listen to us. This, then, is how we can tell the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Carleen Anderson had recorded as a member of the Young Disciples and as a backup singer for artists like Bryan Ferry, Paul Weller, and Guru by the time of her debut True Spirit in 1994. It's a self-assured Anderson, and she possesses a warm, soulful voice. She also reveals herself to be capable of temperature raising, orgasmic moans at the end of the (up to that point) Stevie Wonder-like \"Morning Loving.\" True Spirit succeeds in drawing on older R&B vibes and making them sound fresh. Multi-instrumentalist Ian Green (who also produced) gives Anderson musical backdrops that range from bluesy to funky to sultry. The lyrics are literate and sophisticated, balancing a focus on romantic relationships (\"Ain't Givin' Up on You,\" the title track) and socially conscious concerns (\"Mama Said,\" \"Nervous Breakdown\"). Anderson's vocals are arresting icing on the cake, particularly haunting on the dramatic ballad \"Only One for Me.\" True Spirit is a gorgeous album that constantly draws in the listener, both musically and spiritually. 59ce067264