A Pirate's Life (Not) For Me

24-May-07 6:10 PM by
Filed under Films; 2 comments.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End comes out tonight — the third third so far this season (following Spider-Man 3 and Shrek 3). The trailer makes it look like a lot of fun, but it's obvious that it continues the plot of its predecessor, which I missed; as Showbits reader Gene D. commented on that one, "Cool monsters, fun set-piece scenes, but cruddy script/plot." Senseless fun can be, well, fun, but I'd prefer to be impressed with something a bit more substantial.

That's partly why I for so long avoided the first Pirates film: any movie that causes young girls to unreasonably swoon does not exactly come with a strong recommendation in my book. But I had it on good authority from other geeks that it was a good film regardless, so I finally gave it a shot. I'm glad I did, as it was not at all what I was expecting/fearing (a typical swashbuckling adventure). The film works thanks primarily to its sense of humor and atypical pirate protagonist, Jack Sparrow (whom I did not recognize as Johnny Depp until the credits rolled). His antics kept the mood light; I was almost sorry to see that the film earned a PG-13 rating. It did get a bit tiresome and predictable after awhile, though. Some good special effects were occasionally not just visual, but actually functional. There were a few plot holes I'm willing to overlook, but I did feel the film ran a bit longer than necessary; I was not expecting this tale to take 132+ minutes to tell.

It's hard to remember that this series is based on a tourist attraction, of all things… But for a geek like me, the scariest kind of pirate is that featured below:

Software Pirate

2 Responses to “A Pirate's Life (Not) For Me”

  1. peterw adds:

    I agree, the first movie was most definitely not what I expected, but I enjoyed it immensely. I liked the plot less in the second movie, but who cared as long as I got to watch Johnny Depp playing Jack Sparrow some more!

    I've just come home from watching the third movie. It really is "Part II" of a "to be continued" story arc, so I'd recommend having seen the second movie before seeing the latest installment.

    I've never been much of a movie reviewer so I won't start now. But let me say that I definitely enjoyed seeing it, there's some very funny scenes, and some spectacular action scenes. The plot is more than a little weird, but it's hard to put your hand on your heart and say that the plot actually matters in movies like this! And then there's Captain Jack Sparrow… :-)

    BTW, make sure you have lots of popcorn. It's a long movie to begin with, and then you really should sit through the credits…

  2. Ken Gagne adds:

    Here are the laws for being a pirate. Arrr!