Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)


master and commander“For England, for home, and for the prize!” – Capt. Jack Aubrey

Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Dec 2003 and 15 Apr 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A British ship traveling around the world in 1805 pursues a French vessel that has attacked them.

My Take on it – I can’t understand how this movie was nominated for 10 Oscars.

I found the characters and storyline pretty boring to watch and didn’t find myself sympathizing with anyone.

The battle scenes were done interestingly but the whole story felt like a pseudo Moby Dick story where instead of a whale, the obsessive captain is chasing an enemy warship from place to place.

The one thing I did enjoy was the chemistry between actors Russell Crowe snd Paul Bettany and their conversations/debates about science vs. Milirary duty

Bottom Line – Pretty boring film IMHO. I didn’t find any of the characters or their situations sympathetic at all. The only good thing were the conversations between Crowe and Bettany discussing science vs. Military Orders. Battle scenes were rightfully chaotic but ultimately it just felt like a Moby Dick-like obsession story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Over 90% of the film takes place on water. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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