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Pirates of the Caribbean

Woo hoo! Last night I remembered that I had rolled some coins about a year ago and never cashed them in. So today I went down to the local evil movie theatre (evil evil chain) and shelled out 4 dollar bills and 4 rolls of pennies, and got to see Pirates of the Caribbean at long last.

I must admit that I liked it a lot. The film is no more intellectually stimulating than the old Disneyland ride upon which it's based, of course, but it's considerably more fun. I thought the visual and sound effects were excellent, and the stunts even more so. A few of the sword fights made me wiggle happily in my seat, since I love a good, well-choreographed, one-on-one sword fight with plenty of leaping around and suchlike. And there were some gorgeous landscapes (probably CGI'd), with all these huge craggy rocks towering over tiny bays, stuff like that. Very "piratey" looking.

The pirates were very piratey. One had a parrot on his shoulder. Another said, "Harrrr!" more than once when angry. "Davey Jones' Locker" was mentioned more than once. People were made to walk the plank. There were big barrels of rum, and people getting drunk. The song from the old Disneyland ride was even sung (though briefly) a couple of times: Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me...

Now for what everyone seem to talk about when they talk about this movie: Johnny Depp. He plays a pirate -- Captain Jack Sparrow -- who is acknowledged (even by the other characters in the movie) to be extremely eccentric and probably even a bit insane. I thought he was wonderful. I mean, I'm a bit of a Johnny Depp fan, anyway (who wouldn't be, after watching him in Edward Scissorhands?), but in this case he just seemed to be having so darn much fun! And it wasn't just Johnny Depp's acting, either, because the character was written to be hilariously funny and endearingly odd. All of my favorite lines in the movie were spoken either by him or about him. The other lead characters were mostly insipid, but he was vivid and bold as brass. If I was going to be one character in this movie, I would want to be Captain Jack Sparrow. I'd probably get stuck being the (admittedly not as wimpy as usual) heroine, but I would want to be Jack. Much more fun.

I grew up very near Disneyland, so I've probably been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride 30 times or so. I enjoyed the familiarity of the film's many scenes straight out of the ride: the guys in prison trying to tempt the dog who has the key to the cell, the guy drinking rum balanced precariously atop a stack of barrels, the two ships firing on each other at close quarters, the piles of gold and gems, etc. I think they did a good job of turning a theme park ride into a movie, even if I don't understand the impetus behind the choice in the first place. Among the trailers before the movie, they showed an advertisement for another Disneyland-ride-turned-film: The Haunted Mansion. A bit ridiculous, if you ask me. Next thing you know, they're going to start advertising an "It's A Small World" movie. Sigh.



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Jul. 19th, 2003 05:28 pm (UTC)
Impetus! The word is impetus!

"Some people call me Maurice because I speak on the impetus of love."


Jul. 19th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
Figuring out old '70s song lyrics due to my journal entries? Glad to help, m'dear. :)
Jul. 19th, 2003 09:25 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
The Straight Dope's take on "the pompatus of love".

To put it short, it's been handed down from one song to another, mutating slightly.

And I saw Pirates yesterday - it was great! Johnny Depp rules.
Jul. 19th, 2003 07:21 pm (UTC)
Went to see the movie for the second time tonight. I just love the humor in it and am awed by Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow!

But it's funny, as I sat through the trailors tonight, watching the one for the Haunted Mansion, I had the EXACT SAME THOUGHT!!! "When will I see one for It's a Small World?" Odd that we both thought of the same attraction when musing what ride they'd turn to a movie next.
Jul. 19th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was actually me projecting thoughts into your brain, without your knowledge. You didn't know I could do that, did you?
Jul. 19th, 2003 07:30 pm (UTC)
*giggle* You can't project better thoughts than It's a Small World? It's so haunting I can't get that song out of my head! You're probably projecting that too though. Damn you! :P

Jul. 19th, 2003 08:18 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahaha! My nefarious plan has succeeded! ;)

Jul. 19th, 2003 09:23 pm (UTC)
Next thing you know, they're going to start advertising an "It's A Small World" movie.

Jul. 20th, 2003 01:24 am (UTC)
So glad you finally saw it, and liked it!
Jul. 20th, 2003 03:08 am (UTC)
I was very sad, because this movie had just started in America when we left, but we didn't have time to see it. And here in Germany, it doesn't start until Fall. Blech!
Jul. 20th, 2003 08:34 am (UTC)
Well, if you can hook up to my brain through a psychic link, I'll send the whole thing to you today, okay? ;)
Jul. 20th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC)
Heh, well, the psychic link thing seems to be working at least partly, because you got the Small World song stuck in my head, too!

If I suddenly start thinking lustful thoughts about Johnny Depp, I'll know where they come from! And I will, of course, be completely innocent, since they obviously didn't originate with me! :D :P

Mmmmmm.....Johnny Depp.....
Jul. 20th, 2003 11:32 am (UTC)
I have the earworm cure...
... if your ears are infected by the evial "It's a Small World" earworm; but you'll likely have to come over to my house to get it.

It's the song "Freddie's Dead," recorded by Curtis Mayfield, and it's on the soundtrack album for Superfly. It's guaranteed! If you know the song, just one mention is sufficient to drive the most tenacious of earworms out of your brain.

Debbie Notkin, D. Potter, and I saw PotC yesterday; agree it was magnificent. Debbie had a quibble, about how Keira Knightley's makeup remained intact during even the most intense of action scenes. When I replied that Johnny Depp's mascara never seemed to run, either, she took offense. "How dare you impugn that those aren't his real eyelashes!" (The eyelashes may be real, but the eyeliner definitely wasn't.)
Jul. 20th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: I have the earworm cure...
Strangely enough, I don't have the problem of getting "It's A Small World" stuck in my head. Perhaps I heard it too many times as a child, and so I'm now immune. When I was 2-5 years old, I used to beg my mom to take me on the ride over and over and over and over again. No wonder the poor woman annoys the hell out of me now ... she owes me.

I hadn't even thought about the girl's make-up in Pirates of the Caribbean, but of course you're right. She still looked gorgeously made-up, even after falling (from a considerable height) to the bottom of the ocean and being dragged back up.

I will admit that Johnny Depp does seem to have naturally impressive eyelashes, and will add that the eyeliner around his eyes was purposely sloppy throughout the film ... but I'm sure he was as carefully made-up in each scene as the girl was. Neither one bothered me, though, to be honest. I was busy saying, "Wow! Look at those skeletons walking across the ocean floor!" and "Wow! Those ships look so great!" But, then, the only stuff that tends to really bother me are continuity flaws, and I didn't notice any of those (though I'm sure there were some, since there always are), so the make-up is okay with me. :)

Plus, I'd rather see the actress looking all gorgeous than see her looking as if she'd been dragged along the bottom of the ocean and then hauled around by a greasy dirty guy. I'm superficial that way.
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