Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
if their story seems completely bonkers, almost like a feverish work of fiction, you ain't heard nothing yet.
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
Movie Review: "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003)If it were not for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" directed by Peter Jackson, this exceptionally-directed motion picture directed by Peter Weir starring Russell Crowe as British Navy Captain Jack Aubrey based on a book published in 1969 and written by Patrick O'Brian, following a relentless naval pursuit between Cpt. Aubrey and a French superior battleship called the "Acheron" from the South African "Cape Horn" into the depth of the down under "Pacific Ocean".Director Peter Weir alongside "Academy-Award-Winning" cinematographer Russell Boyd deliver exceptional visuals of great hypnotical beauty as supporting characters as Dr. Stephen Maturin, performed with match-making as brilliant charms by actor Paul Bettany, who together with Russell Crowe carry a perfectly-balanced motion picture, which only flaw becomes the incidentle surprise of in-decision, when there must be felt some kind of conclusion in the end without the forfeit wish of keeping this fantastically-flowing piece of cinema flowing beyond realism into full-bodied "Pirates of the Caribbean" fantasies.Copyright 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend
(Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
Some films are great because they uses the things they excel at to their advantage. Their greatness comes from the fact that they know exactly where their strength lies. By contrast, other films are great because they master every single aspect of filmmaking. It is proof of a vision come to life on the screen through cooperation of several talents. Peter Weir's adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's naval novel is a perfect example of the latter. Weir places the viewer in the middle of the roaring seas. It's a perfect depiction of the unpredictable nature of the ocean; delicately serene at times and ferociously violent at others. Russell Crowe displays an impressive portrayal of Captain Jack Aubrey, the dedicated and determined commander of his ship, but the rest of the cast should not go unnoted. The mission is to capture a French vessel Acheron. There is a mix of joviality and dire consequence in the air, which perfectly communicates the general atmosphere on the boat; carefree despite the inevitability of it all. This is helped, in part, by the score, which has a blend of thunderous cinematic compositions and beautiful classical pieces. It sets the adventure at full speed, sufficiently prepared for a journey at sea, topped off by an exciting finale. Watching Captain Jack go through much character development is quite the experience, and it manages to create much suspense in the film. There's something to be said about this movie's depiction of fear's influence on people. In the end, though, it's a movie about a captain and his ship that doesn't deserve to be as well-made as it is. Peter Weir is a fantastic director who never fails to impress.
Master and Commander is a sea tale set in the 1800s, in the Napoleonic Wars. In this almost two hours long movie we follow the commander of a British ship and he's crew in a journey that reminds me of those kinda old books that are so amazing to read and immerse you in such level that I can always come back to them a be as amazed as the first time I read those lines. The plot of this movie is epic, magical and touching.Wish I had more to say, but this movie is good at everything it does. Visuals are on point, acting is on point, no fillers and no unnecessary things. This is a movie you must see, period.
What you have here is Crowe still thinking that he's the greatest actor that ever lived.That all takes away the fun of a movie that had the potential to be a high seas epic like, say, Captain Blood.Peter Weir lets Crowe go crazy and you can almost taste the ego dripping out of the pours of every seen, so much so that he doesn't allow Paul Bettany to shine and he's a good actor in his own right, as is James D'Arcy and again, Crowe seems to want to hog all the acting glory there too.Honestly, its hard to sit down and watch a man try to upstage everyone in every scene, especially when they are actors that could hold their own against Crowe...if Crowe allowed that to happen.So, you get to sit back and watch ego and that gets boring.It's a shame, the script and directing were there, it could have been a great film if we didn't just see ego shine.