Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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A ship's commander in the Royal British navy finds his vessel and crew in ruins after a surprise attack from an unseen foe. Now, he and the ship's doctor must work together to insure that their duty is protected as they pursue the mystery ship half way around the world.
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There are few things bad to say about it. The special effects are splendid and well crafted. The plot is great and the characters are sympathetic. It is a sophisticated movie-one which will not patronize over you with a lowest common denominator appeal. On the contrary it exercises the mind as well as stirring the heart with discussions of nautical technology, sailor folklore, music both classical and folk, and even a smattering of philosophy. But it also has as much action as any movie, without the action being stupid or cartoonish.
It has no sex(except a couple bawdy jokes). There is little swearing. The violence is as much as needed but it is not sadism porn, nor does it deceive anyone into thinking that violence is not real. It needs none of those things. It reminds people that war is not a game, but not by superfluous gore, but by showing tragedy. It does not "glorify war"; it glorifies heroism. It needs none of these crude attractions and is to fine a movie to stoop to them.
It is a very good movie for young people, for it shows friendship, honor, leadership, and a masculinity that need not be barbaric to be manly. And it shows boys growing up in an adult setting and looking for men to emulate. A boy can identify with one of the young midshipmen and be improved rather then degraded. Yet it will appeal to his natural emotions by showing how to harness them rather then repressing them or giving in to them. If he desires a role model and desires to imagine himself a hero this will go far toward showing those things in a healthy way. And if it strains the mind a bit it strains it no more then needs to be strained. It is an intelligent movie but not an overrefined one and it is a great display of the kind of tale that has always stirred humanity when done well. As I said it shows tragedy but tragedy is not the dominant theme. Heroism is.
It is also realistic. The hardships of life at sea and the horrors of Napoleonic warfare are shown well. Combat scenes look just real enough to strike home. Splinters fly when shot hits the ship, and hand-to-hand fighting bears little resemblance to Errol Flynn. And there are few historical errors and those can be tolerated.
All in all it is a terrific movie and should be watched. And watched again.
for me it also came with a tiny H.M.S. Suprise in a bottle. sadly during the horrid move the Movie and Toy Ship was stolen., Tonight I watched my new DVD. To Me this is my favorite Russell Crowe Movie. Thank You amazon for carrying it.
This movie, on the other hand, is completely engrossing. The story line holds together well and the details are amazing- even better on Bluray. (I eventually bought the Bluray version.) Even if you are burned out on pirate movies you will probably still enjoy "Master and Commander".
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The cinematography is excellent, the sound is superb, and the story is engaging.