I was really excited to watch Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World since it stars an amazing actor, Russell Crowe and since it supposedly featured amazing naval combat scenes. This is the first film I have watched from director Peter Weir.
Russell Crowe is probably one of the best working actors right now and he did not disappoint. He brought a lot of heart and soul to the movie and he showed that even high-ranking military like his character is are human and aren’t always cold, uncaring people who only care about the next mission.
The visual effects team on this movie did an excellent job in recreating 19th century naval combat. It was done so well that I couldn’t make out the CGI scenes from the real scenes until the movie was over. The visuals featured in this movie must have really impressed people when in came out in 2003. If I didn’t know any better it could have been released last year.
Master and Commander jumped right into the action without any back story which I didn’t like. Not all movies can be the same but I do appreciate it when one builds up back story before the action begins. Some may call movies that do that “slow” but I don’t. I think movies that take a while to get to the main plot are quite a bit more engaging. To each their own I guess.
The cinematography was absolutely amazing. I am not sure how much of the movie was real and how much is CGI but it all worked together, unlike some films which in you can tell when there is uses of CGI. It was very well done throughout the movie and it helped you stay centred in the 19th century and not wander off to Hollywood. This film fully deserved the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, which it received.
Overall Master and Commander was an entertaining trip to the 19th century. Even though there wasn’t much back story, it features characters which you care for throughout the movie and amazing visual effects. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean or entertaining movies about older times you may like this one.