November 17th, 2003

Dancing Thru

Master and Commander

Oh wow. Wow, wow, wow. I have now seen a movie that I put in my all-time top 5. It might actually be the one I class as The Best Ever, and that's saying a lot. I hear that some of the hugely fannish Jack Aubrey books fans are bent out of shape because they changed some details and combined two books set widely apart. Live with it, I say. It's a friggin movie!

But it's gripping, inspirational, amusing, and terrifying, and a lot of other things. It's the most perfectly cast and directed movie I think I've ever seen, and the small bits of historical things I've questioned are so minor as to be trivia. (Would they *always* be using sea-locks and lanyard on the cannon, or would they have linstock in case the flint failed? ) As a sometime maritime warfare reenactor, a historian, and enthusiast of the family stories of my grandfather as a young sailor on Tall Ships, it looked very good. And the naval battle scenes did for Napoleonic sea battles what "Saving Private Ryan" did for D-Day. You wonder how people made it through at all. And for the first time, I could truly *visualize* John Paul Jone's battle with the Serapis, on a real level, not mostly conceptual. And understand why they thought he was insane.

Another movie I MUST own, later. I might see it a few more times on the big screen, before then. I want the soundtrack, too.
  • Current Music
    Echos of the soundtrack of Master and Commander