“Kids These Days”: Russell Crowe Claps Back at ‘Master and Commander’ Twitter Diss

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If you’re going to throw shade at a film, calling it boring as hell, perhaps it’s best not to address it directly at the film’s star by tagging them with an @? Then again, attention wanted; attention received.

Oscar winner Russell Crowe has responded to a person who decided to criticise 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, a Crowe-starring period adventure-drama directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society, Gallipoli, Picnic at Hanging Rock).

“Lots of folk complaining about lack of sleep during the Pandemic,” Ian McNabb posted on Twitter. “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.”

To which Crowe responded: “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.”

And while this writer can’t fully embrace the “definitely an adults movie” part of it, seeing as I absolutely loved it when I caught it on the big screen around the age of 15, it’s nevertheless fun to see an actor directly clap back and defend his work on social media.

Based on three novels in author Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey–Maturin series, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was set during the Napoleonic Wars and had Crowe playing a brash British captain who pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

The film was critically well received and earned 10 Academy Award nominations, winning two for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing. Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King cleaned up the Oscars that year. Financially, the film had an okay performance, earning $US211.6 million from a budget of around $US150 million.

Here’s a look back at the trailer…



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