While the Hornblower films contain a good deal of humour, they are not all lighthearted adventure. In a time of war, battles are lost, friends killed, and decisions must be made which are sometimes morally troubling. As well, while times such as these bring out the best in some men, they can bring out the worst in others, leading to sometimes horrific consequences.
Starting next week, I intend to review one of the films a week until I work through the series. I haven't watched any of them in quite a while, so am looking forward to getting started.