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.