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 rousing and engrossing, shambling and meandering sea epic, like a wistful, winsome shanty with a hundred verses. The film shows us at least three examples of leaders, both good and bad, and exults the proper recipe for command as something truly nobel: strength, honor and discipline; the right mix of firmness and mercy; and a closeness and camaraderie without begging to be respected.
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..