When it was initially released in 2003, Peter Weir‘s Master and Commander: Far Side of the World was eclipsed at the box office by the year’s other big nautical adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. While Master and Commander garnered strong reviews and 10 Oscar nominations, audiences didn’t turn out to see it. In the years since, the film has slowly been reclaimed as a classic of 2000s cinema: a sweeping maritime epic, a triumph of practical filmmaking, and a piercing study of human nature. Join us as we take a look at what makes Master and Commander so great.

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