Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
combines two of the titles of O'Brian's novels, and seems to have been intended (unlike so many "Hollywood" movies) not to have a sequel. There are lines and dramatic scenes in that movie from HMS Surprise
and Desolation Island
, Post Captain
, to name but three. O'Brian himself indulged that silliness about a missed opportunity for natural history in the Galapagos.
There were parts of the motion picture which were less than well-done. Sailors in those days didn't crawl up the rigging like so many geriatric patients, nor climb back down in the same fashion--they'd have wrapped a leg around a backstay and been on deck in seconds. I can see why liability considerations might prohibit the latter, but the former was to me inexcusable. They used the replica ship HMS Rose
, and you'd think that crew would know how to run up shrouds like proper man-of-war's men.
In that particular, the Pirates of the Caribbean
movies are even worse. There's no watch on deck at night (even pirates had to honor some of the tenets of discipline at sea, just to survive), and the orders they shout out from time to time, such as "Splice the mainbrace!" have no earthly relevance to what they intend to do as sailing vessels--i supsect the screenplay writers just thought they sounded good.. However, if one can get around that, the movies can be quite entertaining with just a modest suspension of disbelief, and in the matter of replicating 18th century costumes and weapons and technology, they did a first rate job. Although a few boners slip through, they even managed to write dialogue using common 18th century speech. I think you'd enjoy them.