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The Sea Beast: An Introvert’s Perspective

The Sea Beast: An Introvert’s Perspective

The Sea Beast is a 2022 animated “swashbuckling” adventure film directed by Chris Williams. Since it was released back in July on Netflix, I decided to take the plunge back into the sea and rewatch it with a fresh perspective: an introvert’s interpretation. This time I viewed the film from the eyes of the Sea Beast, Red, the largest (literally and figuratively) introvert in the sea.

Just a warning, matey, there be spoilers up ahead. Yarr!

The Plot

Red, our main character.

We see Red enjoying the day, far from any pesky prying extroverts, or Hunters, as they are called in the film. She is at home in the sea, quiet and unbothered. Suddenly, the calm is broken by the sound of the Hunters’ fireworks, much like the chime of an unexpected text message cutting through your peace. The Hunters have found Red.

Red politely goes to investigate, going against every instinct to keep to herself, and is met with a barrage of cannon fire! Similar to when an extrovert finally meets an introvert, what could be a friendly and brief conversation ends up one-sided and full of unwanted questions.

“Why do you like staying home?”
“Don’t you get bored?”
“Why are you a terrifying sea beast?”

Maisie, Red’s friend, holding a mini beast.

Our crimson heroine does what she can in this situation. When the harpoons of conversation and social anxiety pierce and attach her to the Hunters ship, she tries to create a whirlpool to escape. But this time it takes an ally, Maisie, to notice the situation and cuts Red free. A lesson can be learned here: if you’re not an introvert, maybe keep your eyes open for the friends who may need to escape exhausting conversation, eh?

Back to the plot…

Crab of the Sea.

At this point, Red repays the favor and kindness by bringing the two humans back to her quiet sea. The next morning, a giant Kaiju-like crab attacks them all—much like the looming plans you made weeks ago when you had the energy to go out, with clamping obligations and suffocating claws on you.

Red bites the crab and, with a mighty twist, is able to toss the plans to a later day (aka the crab of brunch with that one friend will be next week’s problem).

How It Ends

Red and the Kingdom

The film ends with a final lesson. The kingdom of extroverts are wrong, and sometimes being different, quiet, and unbothered just might be a good thing. Something we all need. I highly recommend this Netflix film for all personality types, but especially for the introverts. Trust me, you’ll feel seen! Land, ho!

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