MASTER & COMMANDER: THUMBS UP
Your humble correspondent made it to the theater to see Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World last night, along with the wife and frequent theosebes commenter Mitch and wife. The entire group gives the movie an enthusiastic thumbs up. The movie draws most of its plot from Patrick O'Brian's The Far Side of the World, but really is a mish-mash of O'Brianesque themes. I understand that for a movie that's trying to catch the mood of a series of twenty books.
It's nice to see Hollywood able to make a thoughtful period movie that shows no signs of political or cultural agenda. There are no steamy love scenes and bad language is so minimal as to hardly be worth mentioning. Of course, we are talking about a naval warfare movie, so be prepared for some bloody fight scenes. It's not one to take a pre-teenager to, I'd think. It's always a good idea to support Hollywood on those rare times when they get something right.