Monday, July 10, 2006

Buried Treasure

Currently Watching
Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (Widescreen Edition)
By Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin McNally, David Bailie, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris
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After my aunt's wedding on this past Saturday (more on that another day), I got a chance to hang with Diana, Stacy, and another Berkeley mate named Bo. The plan was the watch the highly anticipated sequel, but it was PACKED!!! Everywhere we go, tickets were selling like hot cakes and showtimes were sold out like none other. But perseverence pulled through and we were in.

I walked in the theater with low expectations (Hollywood doesn't exactly have a good track record for sequels, especially trilogies) and came out entertained and satisfied. Director Gore Verbinski sacrificed coherent storytelling and original humor for even more swordfights, explosives, and other thrills. The versatile Johnny Depp manages to keep most of his pirate charm watchable while the rest of the cast somewhat followed suit, but I could tell it wasn't aligned like the first film. There was a good cliffhanger to leave the audience hanging until next year. Will I see it? Count on it....

Bottom line: A bit robbed of the good times from Black Pearl, but Dead Man's Chest does have its buried treasure.

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