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

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Re: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Added by mermaid (email) on 2003-11-16 23:35:32

I thought that the film was a bit too long. Not
enough time was used to get to know more about the characters and the rest of the crew. Too much
time was spent on showing the ship being repainted and repaired to do battle again. Another thing botherd me, how can any man after being stabbed in battle be out on a bird expedition, only a few days later. And it's still hard to imagine that a 13 year old boy would be a leader of weatherd old salts that have sailed the sea for years. However, I'm a female and this movie is by all means directed towards a male audience. I like period pieces like this, and I was looking forward to it, however, I found myself nodding off a few times, when there wasn't any action going on.

Re: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Added by David   on 2003-11-17 01:33:04

I have one thing to say to mermaid ....its a movie...its not ment to be logical. i agrea with greg that it was a good movie.

Re: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Added by Greg Ursic (email) on 2003-11-17 19:47:05

I actually found the film shorter than I expected (there was talk of a missing reel at the screening, but they were all accounted for).

With regards to the young men being put in charge, I too was quite surprised about this as well until I did a little research into the matter: it actually wasn't unusual for sons of aristocracy to be apprenticed to the navy at a very early age - typically 11 or 12 - where they would be prepared to become officers.

As for the surgeon's little expedition for birds, lizards, and the like only days after having been shot, I can only guess that he came from stock than I :).

Given the nature of the books and the film - seafaring, swordfights, etc, there is no doubt that it would more likely appeal to a male audience.

Happy movie viewing.


Re: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Added by juan (email) on 2004-01-19 16:37:43

I thought the movie lacked substance. The stuff that makes the novels compelling is the relationship among the characters, particularly between Aubrey and Maturin. Maturin is supposed to be a deep, secretive, introverted sort of person. That's what makes him a counterpoint to Aubrey. You don't see any of this in the movie. Also, the communications among people in a Navy ship were ruled by very intricate and stiff etiquette. In the movie Aubrey and his men look and sound more like a bunch of yo, ho, ho pirates than a Royal Navy crew.
Without the period speech and character study we are left with nice special effects and good battle scenes.
As a result, the movie won't satisfy the fans of the novels while those that haven't read O'Brian's books will be left wondering what's so special about them.

Re: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Added by John Ulmer (email, web) on 2004-03-10 11:14:40

I just thought this whole film was a mess. I like long epics when they actually seem to have a point and character development, but I didn't get to know Jack Aubrey very well, and I thought the film took way too long just showing the CGI ship floating in the water, with Russell Crowe posing for the cameras, photos, posters, etc.

I found the crew a bunch of old cliches, and the small child in charge over-the-top. There may very well have been 13-year-olds in charge like Greg mentions, but did they have to do the corny exchange of dialogue and do that same type of stuff that's been done in every other movie like this?

I was very disappointed in this movie.

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