The year is 1805. Europe has fallen to Napoleon, and only the Royal Navy stands in his way to total victory. Off the cost of South America, a new conflict is brewing. Captain Jack Aubrey of the Man-of-War HMS Surprise is under orders to sink or capture the French privateer Acheron.
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldDirected byPeter Weir
A beautiful, immaculately detailed ode to the genre of swashbuckling films that preceded it and the novels that inspired it. A rare case where a film with a nine figure budget takes an ambitious step to start a franchise that wasn't riding off the Marvel/DC Comics brand, and that's only one of the many reasons we should admire it.
Yep, I love this one. On this watching, I noticed how it is very much about friendship, notably the great friendship between the Captain and the Doctor. Beautiful, measured, and wonderfully produced on every level.
Simultaneously tense, inspiring, and tremendously fascinating - even in the attention to period detail alone. Crowe excels as a self-proclaimed thorn bush who understands strength, respect, and discipline. Weir successfully and masterfully crafts a sweeping period epic that rolls out in one single location, with only one true overarching goal - and it couldn't be better.
A great swashbuckling action adventure about comrades on arms and all that good stuff. A film searching for a franchise before franchise cinema really took off. Shame, because we could do with some better blockbuster franchises being made..
Superb old fashioned high seas epic that has held up extremely well nearly fifteen years after its release. Essentially a superior entertainment, this is an expertly crafted adventure movie that is as engaging in its reflective moments as it is in its battle sequences and fully justifies its nearly two and a half hour length. The interplay between Crowe and Bettany is also a joy. Surely one of Weir's very best.