Russell Crowe took a stand against the criticism of the epic-drama Master and Commander is boring.
Peter Weir’s 2003 Master and Commander is adapted from three of Patrick O’Brian’s novels named Aubrey–Maturin series. It stars Russell Crowe, James D’Arcy, Edward Woodall, Paul Bettany, Max Benitz, Robert Pugh, and Chris Larkin.
The movie received critical acclaim. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and won the Best Sound Editing and Best Cinematography. Master and Commander, however, did not do well in the box office and collected a gross of $212 million.
The plot of the movie is set during the Napoleonic Wars. It follows Captain Jack Aubrey, who is connected to H.M.S. Surprise to fight the French privateer Acheron. Actor Crowe’s performance in the character of Jack Aubrey was remarkable.
Russell Ira Crowe is a film producer, director, and actor. The actor got international attention for his brilliant performance in the 2000 epic historical movie Gladiator. Crowe received many reputed awards, including an Academy Award, an Empire Awards, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award. After that, he gave many breathtaking performances as John F. Nash in the biopic A Beautiful Mind and Jeffrey Wigand in the drama film The Insider.
Some of his other films include the mystery-detective thriller L.A. Confidential, the epic war film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, the drama Romper Stomper, the Western 3:10 to Yuma, the boxing drama Cinderella Man, the thriller-drama State of Play, and many more. The Oscar winner was recently featured in the 2020 action thriller movie Unhinged.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics and collected a gross of $42 million. However, Crowe’s performance was highly praised, but the movie could not completely use the great actor.
Crowe has made his special place in Hollywood because of his talent. There is a rumor of making the sequel of Gladiator and Master and Commander. Recently, singer-songwriter Robert Ian McNabb criticized the 2003 film Master and Commander on Twitter, calling the movie boring. The star of the project, Crowe, took a stand against the criticism and defended the film.
The singer said that the film is so slow that it should be suggested to the people dealing with insomnia. The actor countered the criticism by saying that the film is an “adult movie” and an epic story that director Peter Weir and the cinematographer Russell Boyd created together.
The tweets of both McNabb and Crowe are as follows-
Initially, the singer wrote: “Lots of folk complaining about lack of sleep during the Pandemic. May I recommend Master And Commander starring the usually captivating, attention-grabbing Russell Crowe. I’ve never made it past the ten minute mark. You’re welcome. And thanks Russell.
The Oscar winning actor replied to the tweet and wrote: “That’s the problem with kids these days.
Peter Weirs film is brilliant. An exacting, detail oriented, epic tale of fidelity to Empire & service, regardless of the cost.
Incredible cinematography by Russell Boyd & a majestic soundtrack.
Definitely an adults movie.”
Although the movie is slow-paced, there are various reasons the actor came to defend the movie so quickly. Weir is an amazing filmmaker; however, his art did not get much limelight at the box office. Despite the great art, the director did not even receive an Oscar to date. Crowe jumped into the matter and defended the film’s criticism instantly. Master and Commander is actually an epic story, and it deserves more notice.
Crowe’s statement also created much hype, as he told the 60-year singer McNabb, “this is the problem with kids these days.” he might be suggesting McNabb is childish by not being able to watch the film after the initial 10 minutes. However, after this Twitter drama, the film might get attention and will attract the audience towards it.