Genre Guesstimation – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Travel Film……

“To wives and sweethearts. May they never meet.” – Capt. Jack Aubrey

Number of Times Seen – 3 times (6 Dec 2003, 15 Apr 2015 and 6 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A British captain does all he can to try and catch a French Ship in the Atlantic during the Napoleonic Wars.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw when it first premiered and was amazed at the look and feel of things on the big screen.

The subsequent time that I saw this film, I wasn’t as enamored and was left with a bad taste in my mouth and had no real desire to ever revisit this film.

Following a recent conversation with my friend David Brook of BluePrint: Review, I decided to give it another shot.

The way that this film is shot is amazing to look at even if the story itself isn’t as powerful as one might hope for.

The cast is great and Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany are great as the two senior officers on board.

Their relationship reminded me a lot of the kind of friendship that we are use to seeing between the lead characters in Star Trek and that actually helped me enjoy this film and its plot even more this time.

The way that the officers treat their me is done in a very realistic way which enhances the story even more.

What amazed me the most here was the cinematography and the adept hand of Director Peter Weir to truly make us believe that the characters are really at sea in the middle of nowhere almost throughout the entire film.

The battle scenes are shot in a very realistic yet chaotic way, which is to be expected, but it allows for the viewer to actually feel as if they are right there during these skirmishes which enhances things so much.


Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close, amazing production as well as the feel that the story takes place in the deserted ocean helps make things so enjoyable, but something still is missing that would have made things so much more powerful.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Russell Crowe spent 3 months learning violin, calling it the hardest thing he’d ever done for a film. He later sold the 130 year old violin used in the movie for £73,528. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (upgrade from original review)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) – Encore Review

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