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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
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Kiddie Movie: It gets pretty violent.
Date Movie: She'll be diggin' the Crowe-man.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of stabbing and cannonballs.
Action: More suspense than action.
Laughs: A few.
Memorable Scene: The battle scenes are cool.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Peter Weir
Produced By: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir, Duncan Henderson

Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:19 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I know a lot of critics are giving "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" their highest ratings, but although entertaining and visually impressive, I just found it as an okay movie. Letís goÖ

Youíve got Russell Crowe as Captain Jack Aubrey. Heís chasing a French boat around South America so that the French donít work on taking over the other side of the globe, or at least something like that. Alright, I know the movie is based on a set of books, and those books are supposed to be great at telling the story of being on the fighting ships set in this time, and from the things Iíve read the movie does a great job at bringing the imagery and grandness of the books to the big screen, but for me it was just an action movie set at sea. Alright, back to the basics of the story. Pretty much our good Captain gets tricked by this other ship, one thatís bigger and badder than his, this ship using the fog to surprise Jack and his crew, and a lot of things get broken by lots of cannonballs. Luckily the good guys get away, and begin the repairs on their boat, although they did lose a lot of their crew. Now the crew is disgruntled, especially as the weather takes turns from bitter cold to blistering heat as they chase this ship, but the Captain has his orders and continues to follow them. Along the way is Jackís friend and the shipís doctor, Stephen Maturin, played by Paul Bettany who questions a lot of Jackís intentions, is bummed when Jack takes his role as Captain larger than his role as friend, but in the end realizes the importance of the role Jack must play and lets his work of a scientist take second base to the loyalty for his country.

Donít get me wrong, "Master and Commander" does a fabulous job at telling the tales of hardship and camaraderie that must have existed on these fighting ships, and also of the talent it must take to be a Captain of one of these vessels. Itís also very visual, taking us inside the chaos as the ship hits rough weather, how brutal Mother Nature can be, and how courageous those on the crew were. But with that I wasnít riveted to the story, I guess maybe mostly because I already had my assumptions as to how the movie would wrap up. Sure there was a slight twist, but even that wasnít that big of a surprise.

I recommend "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" as a great matinee. Honestly, this movie is meant for the big screen just because of its grandioseness, but it just didnít make me leave the theater eager to tell others theyíve got to see this film. 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for this movie.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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