Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ★★★★½

So, as ever, I am biased, this is naval based. This is historical. This is based on a book I like. This is an era of history I find fascinating, so remove half a star or so if you don't fit any of those criteria.

So, on to reviewing the film. It's very well shot. I saw it on a tv this time, rather than my laptop. I have to say I noticed the claustrophobic cinematography far more this time. Which reminded me I gotta watch Das Boot.

If you aren't familiar with the story, it's Jack Aubrey, the captain of the HMS Surprise, who is sent to hunt down the french (Albeit it should've been american, but ok) ship Acheron. He is aided by his crew, and his good friend and doctor, Stephen Maturin. The books follow their friendship, and this does the same, albeit it takes a wider approach, in order to include other members of the crew and officers.

It's insanely accurate, with the two only flaws I have found for this being the fact that they were not allowed to sit down when they gave a toast, as the Sailor King William IV had not yet passed that law, however in the film they do do this, and the fact that the enemy is French, not american and if my memory serves me right.

So for the themes. Obviously there is duty, both to friends and to country. There's respect, and many other naval values are used as themes, both to critique and to support them.

It's a beautiful film, both visually and audio wise.

It fits everything I need, and while it may not be the quick adventure of the Hornblower series, it's something more. Something possibly harder to digest, but it's far more profound.