Friday, May 20, 2011
At Least Its Better than "At World's End"
So I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at midnight last night with my sister and a bunch of other high school kids. It was honestly one of the tamest midnight showings I've gone to. Not all the seats in the theater were full and there were hardly any people in costumes (myself included). There seemed to just be a general lack of excitement, buzz, whatever you want to call it. With all the reviews I read, I admit, I too was not as excited as I had been in the past.
However, the film exceeded my (very low) expectations. While it was no where near the perfection of the first one which is one of my favorite films it was much better than the third film which left me confused and sad at how far the mighty had fallen. Like everyone has said, this plot was much easier to follow, although I found it slightly predictable which was a first for one of the Pirates films.
Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz had great chemistry and by far made up for the dismal replacements for Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly. What were their purposes in the movie? If those random "lovers" were cut out of the film it would have saved so much time. The thing I like about Bloom and his character was his banter with Johnny and the way in which they worked so well together getting into and out of shenanigans. This missionary guy (who's name I can't even remember) served no purpose and was not even slightly attractive. I also missed Keira because at least she was feisty, fun, and served a purpose. That random mermaid girl, not so much. I was just not a fan of the whole mermaid idea in general.
Overall, I thought the film was fun, which is what it was supposed to be. It was not the most fun or funny film, but it was not the snore fest I thought it would be. Sure some of Jack's escape plans were far-fetched and insane and way over the top (especially the one involving the coconut trees) but they ended eventually and got back to the good stuff. And while I've heard many complain about the fight sequences, I didn't have a major problem with any of them. At least they were shorter than the whirlpool scene from the third film which I fell asleep during and when I woke up it was still going.
The thing is, once the movie was over, it was over. I didn't sit and brood over the ending or discuss my favorite parts (I honestly can't think of one even now). My mom asked me how it was and I said "good" because I really didn't know what else to say. It was good. Not bad, not great. It was there and then it was over. But while it was there, I will say that I did enjoy myself. It was fluffy fun. Sometimes you just need a film like that, this summer is going to be filled with fluff. Which I have no problem with. I may be a film snob but I love a good blockbuster now and then (Pirates was not it).
Eddie Izzard makes my point very well. Sometimes, I just want a film I can eat popcorn to.