Master and Commander (2003)

Master and Commander (2003)

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd

So my friend made me sit down and watch this film because he knew I was interested in strategic naval combat. That’s right, I’m cool as shit. However, because I’m such a unique and individual snowflake, I’m not sure how exciting this movie would be to those of you who don’t share my interest for a battle of wits fought between two crews of hard-working men who threw away their lives to protect their country. You probably wouldn’t like that at all.

The crew of an older British ship is sent out to destroy or capture a top-of-the-line French buccaneer boat. Though they’re hopelessly outgunned and the other ship is significantly faster than they are, the ingenuity of the captain and his crew eventually get them the better hand and they win. What, is that really a spoiler? That the good guys win? If you’re upset by that, you should just quit reading movie reviews forever.

Now, the naval combat isn’t the only interesting thing about this movie. It’s also a really cool, gritty look at how shitty life is at sea in the 19th century. Plus, the captain is a really interesting character, and the way he interacts with the crew and his friend, the ship’s doctor, is all really classic sea drama stuff. It’s a bit long, but it’s got compelling characters and an intelligent story and it looks very nice and all that good stuff. You should watch it.

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