Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Keeping off my feet with Pirates of the Caribbean

I'm still staying off my feet as much as possible, having twisted my ankle on Christmas Eve eve. (Actually it was more of a karate chop by the metal border on a flower bed, but it really becomes a long story.)

For me, it's not so bad being immobile. Yesterday I devoted a good deal of time to re-watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Some of my online friends have been discussing plotting lately. The admirable job done on those films becomes apparent when they're watched in proximity, negative reviews aside.

They're fun, fast-paced films, visually stunning, but there are many nuances I didn't really expect to find in summer blockbusters where lowest-common-denominator usually goes.

A lot of the subtle material was probably lost on kids in the multiplexes, but it sure makes the DVDs worth owning.

Of course I got "Dead Man's Chest" from Netflix and taped "Curse of the Black Pearl" off ABC for my mini-marathon but when the three-pack including the final film comes out I'm there, dude.

3 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

I love these films and refuse to listen to naysayers who poo poo them with statements like "The films are developed from a ride at Disneyland" or "They're just so much over the top loudness".

Hey, any film with a villian who is actually Cthulhu in a pirate getup cant be that bad. Besides, Johnny Depp remains gold. GOLD, I tell you. I have always been a fan of his, but here he turns in a brilliant rendering of an antihero and shows a comedic touch that I never suspected he had.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have yet to see the second one but I'm looking forward to it on PPV. I really enjoyed the first and thought Depp was superb. Humor and adventure. Huzzah!

Sidney said...

Yeah, I love Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow and more than anything I think it's clever the way they've picked up story elements from the ride, though I've only read about it--never gone to Disneyland or Disneyworld. The dog with the keys--which I understand is based on scene from the ride--is his own subplot kind of cool. Good observation about Cthulhu and you got the Kraken who's very elder god like.

Charles, watch Part 1 again first if you can, it really helps the enjoyment of 2.

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