Yes, It’s 3:30AM and yes, I just got back from watching Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End.
And yes, I will be working tomorrow. Er, today.
And finally, yes, you should go see it.
One of the most pleasant surprised for me in this series is the depth it has, particularly given that it started as a Disneyland ride. There’s not much material in a 3 minute ride to make a 2 hour movie, (anybody remember Haunted Mansion? Me neither.)much less three movies clocking in at roughly 8 hours, but POTC transcends its origins thanks to the writing of Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, along with Gore Verbinski’s direction, and of course, Johnny Depp’s signature Captain Jack Sparrow.
Ok, enough of the critic speak. This is a fun movie, although maybe a trifle overlong at 2:45 minutes. The first hour moves along nicely, but things slow down a bit in the middle hour, but hang on to your seats for the last hour. At Worlds End is much darker than the first movie in the series, but not as gloomy as the second, and it is certainly the most violent of the three. I’m not going to say anything about the story, because I don’t want to spoil it for anybody; I’ll just say that At World’s End was a great way to wash away the mediocrity that was Spiderman 3.
The previews on the other hand, those I’ll talk about.
First up was the newest Die Hard movie, Live Free or Die Hard. While the first three movies in this series were basically an excuse to kick the crap out of Bruce Willis for 2 hours, the trailer for the latest installment look like John McClane is dishing out more than he’s taking, cracking wise the entire time. The only potential drawback is the presence of the annoying little snot from the Apple commercials. Of course, we may get lucky and get to see him die harder.
Next up was, believe it or not, the Transformers movie. In the trailer, there’s a scene of a Decepticon rollerblading down the highway while blowing up a bus. I’ll pass.
Finally, the latest Disney Pixar joint production features a rat in a French kitchen training to be a chef. Trust me, the trailer makes this idea look every bit as bad as it sounds. In fact, after seeing the trailer for Ratatouille, (Get the joke? He’s a rat,making ratatouille.) rollerblading robots are starting to sound a lot better to me.