Master and Commander

Master and Commander

If you would like to see a movie about military virtues and heroic deeds, definitively, this one is for you. Based on the novel with the same title written by the English writer Patrick O’Brien, Master and Commander. The Far Side of the World, it describes the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century.

Centered on the friendship between captain Jack Aubrey and physician Stephen Maturin, Master and Commander the movie depicts with great fidelity those virtues and deeds proper to the military life. What makes it a true masterpiece of its genre is not only the incredible accurate historical context. Indeed, the recreated ship HMS Surprise is so beautiful that in some moments you can find yourself wanting to be there, on the deck.

But what was especially brilliantly highlighted by Russell Crowe’s performance is the virtue of manhood. A forgotten virtue so necessary then as nowadays.

What can we learn from this movie? First, that a leader is not just a strong character, but a truly wise one. Second, that a high and noble ideal creates great personalities. And third, last but not the least, that friendship – as Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches us – is the most valuable way to attain the imperfect happiness which is available here, in the fallen world.


  • Original title: Master and Commander. The Far Side of the World (based on the novel with same title published in 1969)
  • Author of the novel: Patrick O’Brian
  • Original language: English
  • Starring: Russell Crowe (Captain Jack Aubrey) / Paul Bettany (Dr. Stephen Maturin)
  • Genre: Historical movie
  • Release date: 2003
  • Public: Adults, teenagers
Master and Commander