When I looked online to
buy the tickets for this movie, I noticed that all the times from 11 am to
about 5 pm were sold out in one area movie theater. So it appears that the segment of the population that plan on going
to see this movie are not the “dating” crowd. I think we all know this, and it will be interesting how this crowd
transfers itself to the success of this movie.
Also, the pairing of
Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany works again in this movie. Both change their hair color and the change doesn’t distract us
from their previous roles. Also, Bettany’s sun-sensitive skin began to show freckles and
this works in the movie to show how he has been at sea too long.
But enough of this kind
of observation. What’s very
impressive again is Russell Crowe’s quiet, internal dialogue as the
captain. In his interviews, he has revealed how he made the time to
know every aspect of being a “knowledgeable” captain, who knows his
ship, crew, and seafaring. This
wasn’t a waste of time because in scenes where this must show,
internally, it works. For
example, when he is alone looking at the new and improved wooden model
design of the enemy, the Acheron, he does look like a captain who can add
this new information to all his previous knowledge.
Moreover, Paul Bettany,
as his sea mate, music mate, and especially his close friend, becomes
“the big question of the captain’s character.” That is, how will the captain act when his friend is in fatal
danger and there is something he can do about it?
Should the character of
Maturin become recognized in this movie, then literally, the captain has
honored his friendship with the doctor.
So the fact that the
relationship of these two men is an important part of the movie makes this
movie not just about shooting cannons, eating grog, and ducking down in
lower levels of the ship, where the height of Bettany would be a
Thus, the earlier
question of how Weir will treat the interaction between Maturin and Aubrey
has been excellently answered.
Go see this
movie! Why? Your question will be answered after you see
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