Captain Horatio Hornblower Reviews
Really elaborate costumes with realism.
The Point is made that Gregory Peck was the lowest in grade for sword fighting he has not sword fought since used last in school and does not plan to use sword fighting any further on his journey. The film is Almost making a point that he is no Errol Flynn.
Gregory Peck is no one like Errol Flynn as far as the behavior of women. Gregory Peck is almost A Captain Picard figure rather than a Captain Kirk.
The point is constantly made that this is a ship of war.
Two women board ship as passenger after delivered by a Spanish crew.
Crew been continually at sea for 8 months from England to Pacific South America in chase of French Napoleonic ship.
The ships and musical score are amazing.
The ship battles were pretty good even if they over steered and over kill on explosives.
I think it is great that a great deal of this film is filmed on location.
However something is lacking in this film as far as the characters go. With the exception of the leads there is something lacking as far as depth and believability in the surrounding characters and crew. Also the chemistry between characters is not at its full potential I believe. Besides that the rest of the film works.
Compare it to the Hornblower of the 1990s starring Ioan Gruffudd & it doesn't seem as far fetched. It also shows that the effects & sets in 1951were damn good. For fans, it sort of finishes the series off rather than leaving in limbo.
Peck is a little unconvincing but looks the part!
Gregory Peck is his usual brilliant self. Solid support from Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty and James Robertson Justice.