Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review: Master and Commander

Director: Peter Weir

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd

Year: 2003

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: PG-13

Length: 138 min.

IMDB Summary: During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

What really makes this movie worthwhile is the quality of the acting, sets and music. The friendship between Crowe and Bettany's characters keeps this film afloat, providing comedic relief and emotional intensity. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the film, which featured sets, costumes and vessels that lent the story authenticity. While the characters may not be easy to relate to, especially Crowe's character, the actors portray them with such vigor and passion that Master and Commander is truly a pleasure to watch.

For Parents:
Some violence and language, including a scene where the surgeon operates on himself

My Rating:
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