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Monday, July 17, 2006

Another form of piracy?

Well, against my better judgment (and typical antipathy) regarding sequels and remakes, I ponied up the cash to take my girl to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Despite my usual loathing of all things Disney, I had also gone to see the original, which was a thoroughly enjoyable swashbuckling romp.

This was undoubtedly due in large part to the talents of Johnny Depp, who may be a bit strange in real life, (pot, meet kettle!) but is nevertheless an accomplished character actor.

However, this latest venture into adventure falls far short of the original, and is what one might generally expect of a sequel...ie: not much.

Save your money; they're raking it in already anyhow...

18 Comments:

Blogger onlineanalyst said...

I read a review that said Depp camps it up so much that he out-Keith Richards Keith Richards. (Is that like putting the Limey in the coconut?) Yo ho ho!

July 17, 2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

Thanks Camo for saving me a few bucks.

I don't know if you went to see Superman, but I went there with extremely low expectations but was thoroughly entertained. I think it brought me back to childhood, but my wife tells me I never left!!

Far exceeded my expectations.

P.S. I did laugh hysterically at the 777 scene. I was the only one in the audience laughing. I guess you have to be in aviation to appreciate.

July 17, 2006 7:24 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

When I found out that they filmed Pirates II and Pirates III at the same time I was nearly certain that you need to wait for the whole series (as in box set) to appreciate it. I've heard that II literally leaves you hanging, so, now I'm certain, save my $S
Thanks camo

July 17, 2006 7:38 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

onlineanalyst:
Keith Richards is going to be in Pirates III; they won't get me again with that one, though.

kwl:
I did go see Superman...and I too was thoroughly entertained.

FWIW, I never left my childhood, either.

boberin:
They film a lot of sequels back-to-back nowadays, to save on production costs while the cast and crew are already together and on location. But while it worked out quite well for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, I'd fully expect more of the same lameness from Pirates III...

July 17, 2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

Saw Superman movie this weekend.

I really enjoyed it.

I liked how they seemed to make a point of trying to show the physics a bit better than before.

He has to catch people gently to avoid breaking them, if he grabs the wing of a plane something will break off....

And some of the nice touches they can only use once but were really well done... the smart bad guy who tries shooting Supe in the eye... good idea, but, no, our man of steel is 100% super, through and through.

July 17, 2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Camo,
Yep I agree. I took Island Girl and her son to see it Saturday and despite her being almost in love with Johnny as she is Libby, she too was disappointed. I thought it was off to a good start when the bird got waxed from inside the coffin but to no avail..........

July 17, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger Island Girl TLA said...

Pirates...What a huge disappointment.

Thank God I had Libby and Sambino entertainment or I would have had to start throwing popcorn in my mouth just to entertain myself!

What the HECK was the STORY LINE anyway? Does anyone know? Cuz seems to me there might have been 5, 6, 7 lord I lost count.

And what the Heck was with the stupid water wheel stunt?

I felt like I was in a twister with a bunch of theatrical props.

Did anyone else get the feeling that the sound was HORRIBLE? Or was it the theater itself?

I couldn't understand half of what they all were saying...or should I say mumbling, especiallly the woman in desperate need of a napkin to wipe her mouth!!!

Come on really now.

I am currently writing a letter....putting it in a bottle and sending it adrift.

July 17, 2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger Nightwalker said...

I think that those of you who were disappointed in the latest Deppfest might enjoy the askaninja review.

http://askaninja.com/node/1175

July 17, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger spd rdr said...

I'll wait until it comes out on DVD, and then I'll watch it while enjoying some Capt. Morgan!

July 17, 2006 12:00 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Thanks for the heads up! I'll wait til it comes out on DVD, and then my wife will take it out of the library.

July 17, 2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

The only sequel I ever saw that was better than the original,was Toy Story ll. Took Grandson to both one and two,enjoyed both but two developed the charactors better. Kids found it funny ,but a lot of the humor was over their heads . I found myself laughing aloud, all by myself, at some of the adult humor , not dirty ,mind you , just adult. I don't get to the movies very often ,now that Grandson is 16.

July 17, 2006 1:55 PM  
Blogger JR said...

Sorry... You did not know it was only the first part of a six hour sequel... I waited three years to see the lord of rings all at once and it was worth the wait... Hope you do not have to wait very long to see if the ending is worth it...

July 17, 2006 2:39 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Bob_inSpain:
You definitely chose a better movie to watch over the weekend.
(But I'd already seen that 'un)

Libby Gone™:
It was my girl's idea to see it, so even though I figured it would be a loser (and told her as much) we went anyway.

After seeing it, she agreed...it reeked.

Island Girl TLA:
Welcome to my li'l corner o' the "blogosphere". Libby Gone™ bring you with him, did he?

As for the "stupid water wheel stunt", I figure they were trying to make up for the lack of a coherent plot line with stunts and special effects.
(It didn't work)

Nightwalker:
Thanks for turning me on to the askaninja review, it was freakin' hilarious!!!

spd rdr:
I'll wait until it comes out on TV, and then I probably still won't bother.

But some Captain Morgan might have helped me get through it, by dulling my (uncommonly sensible) senses. However, I still had to ride my Harley home afterwards.

Hawkeye®:
You're welcome, of course.

Yeah, free from the library is about what it's worth.
(Nothing)

Barb:
The sequel that I liked better than the original was Aliens. But sequels that are better than the original are rare indeed.

JR:
The thing about the Lord of the Rings trilogy is that it was based on an actual (quite excellent) trilogy, whereas the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is something they've been making up as they go along, and based (loosely) on an amusement park ride...

July 17, 2006 4:22 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

You silly swashbuckler!How could Johnny Depp ever make a "bad movie"?

He 'shivers me timbers'.

July 18, 2006 9:49 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

and......

Although Brendon Routh was very handsome,I was very disappointed at the storyline of superman.
We find out that our hero has a 'bastard son'.....not a good role model for truth and justice and "things like that".Also there were undertones and comparisons of superman to Jesus.

July 18, 2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Maggie:
Don't let infatuation with Johnny Depp influence an objective assessment of his performances. I am immune to that particular affliction, and I thought he was pretty horrible in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", too...a remake.

As for Superman, those comparisons to Jesus are nothing new...

July 18, 2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger benning said...

The ads make it look like more of the same. And who needs that? At least this isn't yet another film with a 'message'!

Star Trek is one franchise that made at least one film sequel far better than the original movie (a true stinker of a film). "Wrath of Khan" was a fine Star Trek film with fun acting, great effects, adn a pretty decent story.

July 22, 2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

benning:
I agree; there were several good Star Trek movies...but then, I've been a Trekkie (Or Trekker) for a long time now. I think Star Trek III and IV were particularly good, too. "First Contact" was rather engaging as well...

July 23, 2006 2:47 AM  

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