Russell Crowe Totally Unamused by Mockery of ‘Master and Commander’ as a Pandemic Sleep Aid

The film, Crowe reminded fans, is "brilliant" and shows what he calls a lack of focus in present-day moviegoers. Many came to Crowe's defense.


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If you don't fuck with Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, consider yourself a card-carrying member of Russell Crowe's shit list.

The 2003 Oscar-winning drama from director Peter Weir, which pulled from a trio of naval novels by Patrick O'Brian, is swimming through the currents of pop culture once more thanks to a tweet that posited the film as the cinematic equivalent of a sleep aid.

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. @russellcrowe

— Ian McNabb. Cultural attaché: Kensington, L,pool. (@empiresend) January 9, 2021

Naturally, Crowe wasn't pleased with this insomnia-centered mockery of what he and many critics consider to be a very fine film in the actor's catalog. By his assessment, writing off the film as a snore does a great disservice to the "brilliant" work of Weir and others involved with the high-stakes production.

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"That's the problem with kids these days. No focus," Crowe joked. He went on to add that the "exacting, detail oriented, epic tale of fidelity to Empire & service" is "definitely an adults movie":

That’s the problem with kids these days.
No focus.

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.

— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 17, 2021

From there, a number of fans and fellow filmmakers jumped in to sing Master and Commander's praises, and rightfully so:

A perfect movie

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 17, 2021

I actually was so excited about the possibilities of a sequel.

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 17, 2021

Yall are gonna finally make me watch this huh

— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) January 17, 2021

That guy’s a fucking idiot, Russell. Peter Weir is a god, the movie’s amazing and you’re amazing in it. Thank you.

— Peter (or is it?) Ramsey (@pramsey342) January 17, 2021


— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) January 17, 2021

MASTER AND COMMANDER is Crowe’s best film and the biggest missed opportunity for an incredible franchise in all of Hollywood history. The end.

— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) January 17, 2021

If you haven't yet experienced Master and Commander, why not give it a go on Amazon Prime

Most recently, Crowe was seen in Derrick Borte's road rage thriller Unhinged, which opened in theaters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Back in 2019, he portrayed Roger Ailes in the Fox News-focused Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice. At the 76th Golden Globes, Crowe bagged the Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film award for his performance as the conservative villain.

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