Monday, May 24, 2010
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (FOX 2003)
Russel Crowe better be careful or he might go down in history as one of the greatest conservative movie actors of all-time.
Though I have not seen Crowe's Robin Hood as of yet, I hear its anti-government theme is pretty convincing. Crowe, you might remember also was the lead in Cinderella Man another VERY right-leaning flick. A good argument could be made for Gladiator as a great conservative film about the cruelty of government and the courage to stand against it.
So here is another movie starring Crowe titled Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The film is pro-military, pro-victory, pro-country, and gives insight on difficult decisions a leader must make.
Here is a review from columnist Nile Gardiner of The Telegraph...
Peter Weir’s unashamedly old-fashioned and visually stunning adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s novel is one of the greatest odes to leadership ever committed to celluloid. Australian director Weir has made many terrific films, including Gallipoli, Dead Poets Society, The Year of Living Dangerously, and Witness, but Master and Commander was the pinnacle of his career so far. Nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, it should be essential viewing for any commander-in-chief. Russell Crowe delivers a powerhouse performance as Jack Aubrey, Captain of HMS Surprise, a British warship that hunts and ultimately captures a far larger French adversary during the Napoleonic Wars. Set in 1805, it is an epic tale of heroism and love for country in the face of incredible odds, and a glowing tribute to the grit and determination that forged the British Empire.
I had a hard time finding a trailer that didn't look like absolute crap, but I guess this one will do...