Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Horatio Hornblower



For Christmas I got Billy Horatio Hornblower: The Complete Adventures. I think it was actually a commenter here who first recommended them when I once mentioned enjoying Ioan Gruffudd's performances in Fantastic Four and Amazing Grace.

This series did not disappoint. Hornblower moves up the ranks of the British navy during the French Revolution, demonstrating courage, honor, and loyalty. The stories are full of swashbuckling action and suspense. We enjoyed every minute.

The other day I ordered the final two movies, Loyalty and Duty (3 something from Amazon for the set!). We haven't watched Duty yet, but I feel certain that it will measure up to the rest of the series. If you're looking for an adventurous series that demonstrates strong and honorable character, you'll enjoy this series. I think it would especially be inspiring for teenage sons.

And like I said, we've always like Gruffudd. Maybe it's because he's from Wales, like my ancestors (I hear), and other cool people...



Catherine Zeta-Jones...




Paul Potts...




And Welsh Corgis.


(A brief disclaimer...We decided that these movies were too intense for our little ones, mainly because of the battle scenes. They weren't extremely bloody, but they were more graphic than our children could handle. Also, be aware that there's some French Revolution-era sailor language and one very brief rear nudity scene.)

2 comments:

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love getting Horatio Hornblower from the library. I want to read the books sometime, boo; I imagine they would be quite as good as the movies.

Charity Grace said...

I heard that the books are somewhat different than the movies and actually that the movie Hornblower is more courageous and honorable than the book version. But since I haven't read them I don't know for sure.