Too closely cropped to allow for the expansive feel of an oceanic epic, and fails to develop any meaningful relationships among its characters.
It's rare that I choose to address a critic's review of a movie, particularly one so old, but I felt compelled to address Mr. Williams' take on Master and Commander.
I wonder if he ever saw the movie. For certain, he never read the books. Otherwise he would have known that the storyline from the film Master and Commander:The Far Side of the World is an amalgam of story elements from several of O'Brian's books, including not only The Far Side of the World, but HMS Surprise, The Letter of Marque, and the eponymous Master and Commander.
Much of the boats seen on screen were actual ships at sea, including a replica sixth rate frigate, The Rose, now renamed the Surprise in honor of the film, which can be seen at the San Diego Maritime Museum. In light of this, Mr. Williams' comments about "fake looking miniatures" is absurd.
As laughable, though not so demonstrably false, are his comments about the pacing, inter-character relationships, and cinematic impact. The Maturin-Aubrey series is one of the most celebrated series of novels of all time. As a fan of the books, I feel that Weir, Crowe, Bettany, and crew did a great job of carrying a massive story that spans 20 (rather large) volumes in a neat two-hour-and-someodd-minutes long package, without compromising the essentials of character or plot.
Put simply, if a reviewer can't tell a toy boat from a full scale ship on the open ocean, then perhaps it's best to limit his reviews to kiddie fare like "Dumb and Dumber" and "Ace Ventura" leave the more substantial stuff to the adults.
Nov 15 - 06:35 AM
This is an inaccurate, inane, immature, and obnoxious review of one of the greatest films of the decade. The most repulsive statement is when the critic states that the characters do not have any meaningful relationships. The friendship between the doctor and the captain is the centerpiece of the story and the hallmark of the franchise. ... I will make a mental note to avoid using your reviews as any judge of any movie's merits in the future.
Dec 23 - 01:33 PM
I second everything that BudgetMessiah and William S. wrote above. The reviewer, if he watched the film at all, clearly paid little to no attention to it if he actually believes what he wrote, and he certainly doesn't understand the source material.
Dec 27 - 08:18 AM
I don't think the point of the film was to make an 'oceanic epic', rather to get a feel for what it was really like for sailors on those ships. And let me tell ya, it wasn't very epic.
Jun 11 - 02:49 AM
Oct 7 - 05:37 AM
I feel like this review needs to be removed because this man is no authority on film.
He is playing it safe on his website saying that the film lacked things and "forgets" to explain why it lacks those things. Almost as if he is hiding his tracks so he does not look like a idiot.
"there's about two hours of humdrum nothingness which leads one to think there wasn't much more to do at sea than drink rum, sing sea shanties, carve scrimshaw, and peer into space through a telescope from the crow's nest."
Honestly if he would have just asked why the film makers did this he would have his own answer for why there is an hour of this, it is because sailing is not all war dummy and it is time to develop the characters. Of course you were not paying attention...
I would like to post more, but it is blatant that this man does not understand film or even how to be a proper critic.
Jan 11 - 03:40 PM
This review makes me wonder if Williams watched the movie at all. The character relationships are very visible, and the movie offers quite the oceanic epic. It follows the books very closely, and takes few artistic liberties.
Apr 8 - 04:46 PM
If there is a critic that gives a thumbs up to the movie "Battleship - 2012" and then puts down "Master and Commander" there is a major problem.
Rather than get upset about this reviewer I think the best advice one can give is to ignore them. A critic hates that and the public are generally more reliable. "Master and Commander" is not only a film worth seeing, it is film worth keeping.
Jul 1 - 07:29 AM
Yeah Uh, I saw this movie in the theater when it came out. I loved it then, and now that I am re-watching it some 10 years later, I like it even better now. "fails to develop any meaningful relationships" Clearly this reviewer has no idea what this film is about. I do not call it a movie, because it deserves the title of Film.
Aug 19 - 12:42 PM