In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.
Title: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Director: Peter Weir
Production Company: Miramax Films | Universal Pictures | Samuel Goldwyn Films
Adventures on the high seas never looked so good. Every detail from the youthful officers ordering around the salty old sailors to the ship suffering through all sorts of torment from sea, weather and battle. It’s not all testosterone though as in-between the battles there is the joy of scientific discovery as well as debates between the captain and the doctor regarding humanity. There’s also a tense amputation scene and a do-it-yourself surgery. A bit cheesy is the French sailors – who aren’t supposed to be French at all – demanding surrender in outrageous accents. The final battle is a confusing muddle, but I suppose that adds another layer of authenticity.