I don't go to a lot of first run movies, but I took a chance on a
Russell Crowe movie and was richly rewarded. SWMBO and I saw it
tonight. Highly recommended for the story, action, special effects, and
acting! I've not been a RC fan in the past (well, ok he was fine in A
Beautiful Mind), but this movie made me a fan! It's over 2 hours and
there are some slow parts, but all in all, I'd rate it a 10/10. The
cinematography is spectacular.
We saw the movie last night. In the past year both my wife and I have read
all 20 of Patrick O'Brien's books about Jack Aubrey, the role Crowe takes on
in M&C, and his "particular friend" Stephen Maturin. I'm up to book 5 on the
second time around. They have been called the greatest historical fiction
ever written, and while I can't judge that, we certainly appreciate them.
The movie departs in small ways from the characters of the protagonists, but
in general is faithful to the books' tone and simple message about loyalty,
duty, and friendship. In addition, it's just a great movie, with some of the
most impressive sea battles ever filmed. (And none of the swinging around on
the ropes that Errol Flynn indulged in.) My wife wants to see it again, and
she NEVER wants to do that. After 38 years together, we finally have a
common intellectual interest.
They may not be the best literature, but they're among the most enjoyable
to read of any books. A good book beats an "important" book any day.
I also read all 20 plus a couple of other O'Brian novels. Historical
accuracy is impressive.
Woodworking angle: The books make much of the crew's independence, including
the ship's carpenter's ability to make anything, fix anything and do it with
hand tools and local wood as req'd. Neanders rule here!
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