Just seen it at the Showcase, sorry to say I was disappointed. I'm a big fan of the books, which probably causes part of my problem ... a film can't do justice to the depth of 18 or so books. However, I find my main gripe was the photography ... it was dark & the colour was bleached out. Did anyone else dislike this? The cinema picture was n't helped by a blurred spot on the projector, btw. It reminded me of "Black Hawk Down". The opening was odd as well - no "beginning, middle & end here", it just started mid ocean. Possibly this is some sort of statement by the director, but I found it disconcerting. The characters themselves - well, Jack Aubrey was made more thoughtful, less bumptious & crass, whilst Stephen Maturin was dumbed down, or at least not developed - nowhere was his secret identity as a spy revealed, nor was it mentioned that he was half Spanish, also, he was not portrayed as quite as cold & calaculating, nor quite as odd, as in the books. The whole "stick insect inspiration" theme also ticked me off as unneccessary ... it was quite a usual ruse de guerre, just seemed dumped in the film as a way for Aubrey to win in the end. Well, there you have it ... my gripes. It's still a good film, just could have been so much better, maybe it'll look better on DVD (which I'll be getting despite all the above).