Written April 30, 2012
It was great film. It got great Cinematography and Sound Editing.
Written June 09, 2008
As a long time Patrick O'Brien fan (he's the guy who wrote the book...or more accurately books...that the movie is based on), an Ocean qualified sea captain and a naval history nut I was not convinced that Hollywood would be able to do this justice.
But for once they did...although they inevitably messed around with the plot a bit (the book is based on actual historical events and the bad guy in real life was American not French....and that is not a theme Hollywood has EVER been able to deal with...for box office reasons obviously;-)) overall the accuracy of portraying the sailing, the fighting, the characters and life on board was extremely well managed and blended with the main plot.
A fast moving epic which still develops complex and fascinating characters. Go see it.
Written November 26, 2014
In 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars, the H.M.S. Surprise, a British ship, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and the Surprise's current orders are to track and destroy a French privateer named Acheron. The Acheron is currently in the Atlantic off South America headed toward the Pacific in order to extend Napoleon's reach of the wars. Aubrey's single-mindedness in this seemingly impossible pursuit puts him at odds with the Surprise's doctor and naturalist, Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettaney), who is also Aubrey's most trusted adviser on board. Facing other internal obstacles, Aubrey uses Maturin's scientific exploits to figure out a way to achieve his and the ship's seemingly impossible mission. At what point did you fall asleep? "Master & Commander" is one of the most boring films of all time. Sure, it looks pretty when Russell Crowe dresses up for what looks like a history costume contest and the big ship travels across gorgeous landscapes across the oceans. The cinematography and editing here are very well done, but there is hardly anything to hold your interest. Crowe gives a dull performance. He never gets into his historic character. This is like reading a history book. The internal conflicts Peter Weir throws at you are not powerful enough, nor do they hit hard. We spend so much time floating around at sea that it's hard to understand what the heck is going on elsewhere in the world. It would have been nice to spend time with their enemies as well to understand both points in the conflict and to make the story more interesting. Peter Weir knows how to work a camera during battle sequences, but he doesn't know how to make time pass. "Master & Commander" is so slow that it will be a challenge to sit through this voyage. Not one scene is entertaining or intense! Weir also shows he is a fan of character development, which doesn't help in this film due to each character being more unappealing than the next. Many say this shows the ultimate challenge of a leader but to be honest, Crowe's character is kind of a wimp. I hardly thought he portrayed leadership at all. His character doesn't even have that much struggle from what it seems. "Master & Commander" floats around for ever, but never reaches land.