thread: 2005-05-20 : Master and Commander

On 2005-05-20, Sydney Freedberg wrote:

> When you rightly recognize that Maturin’s the protagonist, everything falls into place, the unlikely coincidence loses its offense

Does it? [scratches head] Because Maturin ends up on that hill looking down at the Acheron and having to choose between (A) his friend and his military duty (B) himself and his scientific duty, and bites the bullet and chooses (A) at real personal cost?

Still the movie gives me that “bizarro world” vibe you talked about in your first essay: “A person portrayed as a strong commander suddenly abandons his mission and turns around his whole ship to save a personal friend? WTF?” But then I cover the Pentagon for a living, so I may be too immersed in modern military culture to appreciate it.


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