Affleck and Pine shine in true tale

The Finest Hours starring Holliday Grainger is Miriam and Beau Knapp is Mel Gouthro. Photo: PA Photo/Claire Folger/Disney
The Finest Hours starring Holliday Grainger is Miriam and Beau Knapp is Mel Gouthro. Photo: PA Photo/Claire Folger/Disney

Heroes emerge in times of adversity and in Disney’s resolutely old-fashioned drama of gallantry at sea, the unlikely hero is a shy 1950s coast guard, who is a stickler for the regulations and willingly risks his life because the job demands it.

The challenge faced by this selfless boatswain’s mate in The Finest Hours seems insurmountable: to rescue the crew of a stricken oil tanker during the biggest storm to hit the east coast in a 36-feet long motor lifeboat that could splinter on the roiling Atlantic Ocean.

Starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, it’s a classic tale of triumph against adversity and the script confidently plucks heartstrings as it seems the coast guard crew will fall to the might of Mother Nature.