Sunday, May 29, 2011
While largely enjoyable, the sequel is less fun & more violent than the original, and the slight design changes leave some of the characters looking at times maquette-ish.
The movie's very final moment leaves things wide open for yet another sequel--a very unnecessary sequel.
DisneyNature's annual Earth Day release, this is the classic "nature show," in that the viewers find themselves rooting for either the hunter or the hunted.
As I do during many of thes movies, I constantly found myself wondering, "how'd they get that footage?"
I was kind of looking forward to seeing this fourth "Pirates" movie, having heard that it was shorter than the others.
Unfortunately, I don't think it was at all short enough.
In the world of raunchy comedies, "Bridesmaids" dances all over "The Hangover," and certainly anything by Will Ferrell.
There, I said it.
The first movie made me laugh so hard, of course I wanted to see the second.
The second is still packed with embarassing fun, and best yet, makes me want to read the books.
Wasn't even sure I wanted to see it: the comic had never appealed to me, and I always find Portman & Hopkins to be OTT in their "anything for the money" roles.
Once I got over snickering at "ice giants," I found the movie to be, surprisingly, much better than I could have dared hope.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The bad news is there were some holes, some things I thought were pretty major that never seemed to be satisfactorily explained.
The good news is, I don't think there will be a sequel to explain all this.
This guy can do anything--including fly backward through the holes in this film's logic!
You know, I could mock this film up & down for days--but it's still consistenly entertaining, and certainly kicks Inception's ass.
It opens & closes like Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
Inbetween, there's a laugh here & there, but not much else of value.
He's coaching a high school wrestling team, and he's wrestling with some serious personality issues--and getting schooled.