Like we do every Friday night during the summer, some of the guys and I got together and went to the movies to see the latest release. This week, it’s Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Kiera Knightly in Pirate of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest.
Disney did a great job with this film. It looks great, the cinematography is awesome, the soundtrack was good, the story is fun and intriguing – great job all around. I do have two minor complaints, though (one movie-related and one not movie-related). First, our seats absolutely sucked. We were sitting in the two left-most seats in the fifth row back so our heads and backs were contorted the entire time as we tried to take in the entire screen from an odd angle. Why do they even make those seats? No one likes sitting in them – why not just make more seats in the upper rows?
Second, I thought that the ending – while brilliantly done – could have done more to tie up some loose ends with this particular movie. For those of you that don’t know, there will be another Pirates movie next summer that was filmed concurrently with this installation of the film. That’s cool with me and it’s a smart way to do a movie (just like they did with Lord of the Rings). But at least at the end of the first two Lord of the Rings movies, there was some conclusion, though something always loomed on the horizon. At the end of Pirates 2 there were minimal conclusions, no major “end” to any subplots or storylines, and at least one gigantic unanswered question (which you’ll have to watch the movie to find out).
A completely wrong, 100% jaded Entertainment Weekly Review did make one good point about the ending of the movie:
Without an artistic stake in eliciting joy (or sadness, or concern, or something other than a glazed giggle at Depp’s finery), there’s nothing to keep producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and their screenwriting galleymates from piling on another big false ending, and another, and another, “Caribbean” without end, until a pummeled audience begs for a toilet break and, for mercy’s sake, a real conclusion.
I don’t agree with some of that, but I certainly agree about the false ending and the need for a real conclusion.
Other than those two somewhat minor points, I thought that the movie was great. Depp does a great job at being his Richards-inspired pirate and Bloom plays the role of hero/good guy very well. Some suggestions for your movie viewing, though…
Don’t go see this movie when there are a bunch of little kids in the theater – they were all laughing at parts of the movie that were completely unfunny last night. For those of you who did see the movie, think of the very last scene and what happened – our theater had a bunch of kids laughing at the very last moment. Made no sense whatsoever. This also goes for generally “family-friendly” times at the theater because it appeared to us that a lot of older women were laughing at every word that Depp said, which was really distracting.
I suggest going to see the movie after having watched the first movie. I was going to do this, but between work and a tight schedule, it didn’t happen. There were a lot of references that you wouldn’t have been able to pick up unless you watched the first movie or at least had it in mind while watching Pirates 2. But these are all not that important (for example, the use of the term “poppet”).
This movie was, I think, one of the best that we’ve seen so far from the summer movie offerings. Superman Returns was a general bore and the Da Vinci Code was so-so. Pirates of the Caribbean is the movie to see this summer – I strongly recommend it and go ahead, spend the big money to see it in a good theater.
For those of us who have seen it, I would recommend this one for a cheap matinee replay. Good job Disney!