Saturday, July 08, 2006
But What about the Rum??
So, surprise, surprise - I went to see this on the opening night.....and dragged along most of my crazies; cyberkitten, sleepypete, bionicdwarf, rca and K.
What did I think?
Well, it may have slipped some of your notice, but I am a hardened Deppite. I love the guy and I love his characterisation of Jack. Which is good, cos this movie Jacked us all out. So much Jack we were almost stifled by it.
The jokes were mostly strong, and lots of them referred back to PotC 1.
The main characters were rehired; Depp, Knightley, Bloom (of course), and Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin McNally, Lee Arenberg and the gorgeous Jack Davenport - and this time they were joined by Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgard and the delicious Naomie Harris.
Jack Sparrow is hunting the key to Davy Jones' locker whilst trying to avoid repaying a life debt to the ruler of the ocean depths, Will is hunting Jack, Elizabeth is hunting Will and Commodore Norrington has fallen on hard times.
Jack and his friends must use all their wits and wiles to escape the clutches of Davy Jones and the infamous Kraken.
Well, first of all, yet another original and entertaining entrance by Capt Sparrow. The characters are familiar and the film, although rather long, was *very* entertaining. There was so much going on! I am looking forward to seeing it again in a couple of days. I was entertained, I was amused and I was intrigued (that sounds like money's worth already!)
And the ending brought on spontaneous applause from the audience (no clues, if you know please don't put spoilers in the comments!)
Johnny IS Jack.....the part was made for him (actually, it *was* - literally built around his ideas and thoughts! Gold teeth, hair, costume, slurred speech, tics - all JD's ideas!).
Gore Verbinski is a master of direction when it comes to fun adventure. And this is what this was - an adventurous frolic. Stealing concepts from a million other films (and did I notice Depp's influence in a few moments of French Farce?) it neatly knitted them all into one fun movie.
Add on a nail-biting cliffhanger ending - and you have a continuing swahbuckling epic!
Oh, and kudos on the Kraken - cyberkitten and I agreed; it looked very like the old Norwegian 'engravings' (thank you, ck - d'uh! old photos!!) of the legendary creature!
Not the original, but a fun sequel which seems to lead directly into the third part!