Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World


(out of 5)

Excellent adventure film perfectly recaptures the spirit of the original Mutiny On The Bounty and other grand epics of yesteryear. is masterful and commanding as the captain of a British ship that is brutally attacked by a mysterious French frigate on a foggy nineteenth-century morning. He refuses to take such an insult lying down, and so cracks down on his men to get the ship repaired and ready to chase the Napoleonic ship as far as he needs to go in order to get his own back. The voyage takes the crew as far as the Galapagos islands before our hero has to face the fact that his relentlessness is due less to patriotism and more to personal pride. Peter Weir’s intelligent direction makes sure to include all grimy details of life on the great open sea, never letting the romantic photography overpower the terrific character interactions or the harsh depictions of life in war. The film’s only drawback is a rather wonky screenplay, one that keeps the characters brilliantly realized throughout but sometimes seems to be guessing as to where it wants to go next. Still, it’s no matter considering how enjoyable it is and how quickly it goes by.  is a standout as the ship’s doctor and the captain’s best friend, and the relationship between these two is one of the most entertaining personal/professional power struggles seen on film between two men since Becket.

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USA, 2003

Directed by Peter Weir

Screenplay by Peter Weir, , based on the novels by

Cinematography by

Produced by , , Peter Weir

Music by , ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Awards
Best Cinematography (Russell Boyd)
Best Sound Editing (Richard King)

Best Art Direction (art direction: William Sandell; set decoration: Robert Gould)
Best Costume Design (Wendy Stites)
Best Directing (Peter Weir)
Best Film Editing (Lee Smith)
Best Makeup (Edouard Henriques III, Yolanda Toussieng)
Best Picture (Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir, Duncan Henderson, producers)
Best Sound Mixing (Paul Massey, D.M. Hemphill, Arthur Rochester)
Best Visual Effects (Dan Sudick, Stefen Fangmeier, Nathan McGuinness, Robert Stromberg)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Russell Crowe)
Best Director (Peter Weir)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Production Design (William Sandell)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Cinematography (Russell Boyd)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Peter Weir)

British Academy Awards
Best Production Design
David Lean Award for Direction (Peter Weir)

Best Film
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Bettany)
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Director (Peter Weir)
Best Cinematography



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