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A random question. 
5th-Mar-2010 12:04 am
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We have all done several watches now, and each shared plenty of squee, comments and thoughts about the Naval Romance (Some good, some bad; most completely cracktastic...) - but can you remember back to your first ever watch? What was it that went through your brain then? So I put it to you, fellow Aubreyad fans:

What was your very first reaction to this movie? What was the first thought that went through your head when you saw MandC at the cinema or put it on the DVD player for your very first viewing?

Mine, I confess, was "Is this ship run by kids??"

Followed swiftly by "Oh, there are adults aboard! That's alright then."
5th-Mar-2010 01:19 am (UTC)
"Oooh, creeeaaaak! Creeeaaaak!"
5th-Mar-2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I was 12 or so. I remember really liking it, but thinking "wow, that was intense." We -- me, my sister, my dad, and my grandfather (who had read some of the books) -- saw it at a rep theatre, a few months after the original release. I remember from the beginning, Stephen was my favourite character, and I just found the whole thing really intense, but really brilliant. It was, however, a few years before I could watch it again.
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5th-Mar-2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
I honestly can't remember - except that I missed the beginning. It was fun, though.
5th-Mar-2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I had read a few of the books first so I was a bit disappointed with the movie. It seemed like a huge action piece rather than a character driven story like the books. I also had to adjust to Stephen looking quite a bit different than my idea of him (though Russell Crowe was a perfect fit for my mind's Jack). Subsequent watchings were better as I knew what to expect and starting looking for the subtext. :)
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12th-Mar-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I am so very glad I saw the movie in the cinema, as it blew my mind when I saw dear Surprise on the big screen. :D

A friend and I had gone to see League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and MandC's trailer ran. Surprise sped through the storm and I was already sold on seeing the complete movie.

We went only a few weeks later and life has not been the same since. ;D

Jack reached for his sword, he pulled down his waistcoat and I was completely and I was away with them. I was also thrilled to see how much of the spirit of the books shone through. :D
12th-Mar-2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I don't remember when I first watched it, but it was a VHS video 'cause I hadn't wanted to watch it at the cinema. I had two main fears: HOW are they going to butcher my beloved POB and OMG it'll be Hollywood History.

I was blown away by it - the cinematography, the acting, the writing, the music. The Marines... :D

I would LOVE to see it on the big screen one day. *sighs*
19th-Aug-2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
My mother made me watch it - because she had seen in on tv and loved it. So she bought the dvd.
And I was like - muuum, it's about a ship. What do I care about some ship? oO And she was like, but it's awesome!
I think she only convinced me with Paul Bettany. I'd probably watch anything which has Paul Bettany in it. ♥

And then I watched it and was completely thrilled and I loved it! Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany had AWESOME chemistry (even better than in ABM) and it had hurt/comfort and I loved all the small stories and details and the side characters and everything. I was really biting my nails and crying about all the guys that died during the movie. And I totally started slashing Stephen and Jack and looked out for subtext (and found quite a lot ;P).
So awesome experience.
16th-Oct-2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
I lost count of the times i saw it in the cinema, i was lucky enough to see if before everyone else due to working as a projectionist, so for days and days i raved about it to anyone and everyone before they got a chance to see it. i always remember that whenever i had a spare five minutes i'd pop my head in the porthole and watch a couple scenes (Not the most comfortable way to watch a film!) but i always seemed to catch the scene where stephen got shot or calamy died, and it always upset me for the rest of my shift :(
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