Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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We’re going to start another mini-series today. I’ll be reviewing all Pirates of the Caribbean starting, of course, with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Let’s get down to it!

The Plot (according to RT):

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who’s in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates.

The Rating:

Over the years, I’ve seen this movie an indecent number of times. I don’t even usually watch pirate movies! So, there is no way I can compare how Pirates of the Caribbean holds up to literally any other pirate flick that is not in this franchise, all I can tell you is that this particular film is hell of a good time. The story is really cool, the casting is spot-on, and even after so many years, the CGI holds up surprisingly well.

There are so many quotable moments that have stuck with me over the years and downright hilarious and iconic scenes that will never get old. That is of course to a large part due to Johnny Depp’s performance. His take on Captain Jack Sparrow is what made the movies so special and what contributed substantially to the success of the whole franchise. I mean, I like both Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom in the film, but Depp’s character was the make it or break it part of the film.

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Black Widow

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I was so excited when this movie finally hit the theatres! I had been waiting for it to come out for so long, I didn’t even care whether it’s any good, I just wanted to see it. So, naturally I went to the cinema on the first day they had, but it took me a little while to finally write the review. 😅 Well, here we finally are!

The Plot (as found on RT):

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy, and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

The Rating:

Okay, so I have mixed feelings on this one. Let’s begin with what I enjoyed!
To a degree, this film is self-aware. It’s a superhero action flick in a long line of superhero action flicks and often takes little jabs at that. For example Yelena makes fun of Black Widows ‘posing’ which is definitely a thing. Red Guardian as a whole is a bit of a joke on the genre. What he says, how he behaves (his Karl Marx knuckle tattoos). And it’s great! The film is serious and quite dark at times but these tiny funny moments work far better than they have any right to.

The soundtrack is also amazing. Pretty much at the beginning we get an impressive cover version of Smells Like Teen Spirit – and believe me, I am extremely judgy when it comes to Nirvana but this was really good! The soundtrack is just an amalgam of interesting tracks!

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Inland Empire

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We have made it to the final David Lynch movie (for now) which means that today we’re going to talk about Inland Empire! By the way, if you miss any of his films that I didn’t cover this month, it’s because I had already reviewed them a while ago. 😉

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Nikki (Laura Dern), an actress, takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband (Peter J. Lucas) is very jealous, her co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) gets a warning not to make any romantic overtures — especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered.

The Rating:

Wow, this is probably my least favorite David Lynch film of all time. First of all, it’s so very long. While I don’t mind long movies per se, 3 hours of weird stuff that doesn’t really make sense is too long. To be honest, I watched the film in three settings, one hour at a time because it just couldn’t capture my interest for much longer. Maybe that says more about me than about the film, but here we are. 😅

For the first hour, we’re pretty much okay. Inland Empire is *very* weird, but not any worse than his other films. After that, Lynch lost me. It felt like even he stopped pretending there was a story, any rhyme or reason to what was going on. I mean, I understand what his underlying idea was, but I still couldn’t get into it. Like, Laura Dern’s character goes a tad crazy because of the project she is involved in. The original leads were murdered, so I guess the project is cursed or something. I get this is what’s going on, but nothing you see on screen makes any sense and it just frustrated me a great deal.

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Mulholland Drive

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Another day, another David Lynch movie. Today we’re tackling Mulholland Drive. Let’s dive right in and take a closer look!

The Plot (as found on RT):

A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.

The Rating:

Y’all remember when I talked about David Lynch movies that makes sense straight away? This one not really. I mean, it’s an interesting film for sure, but I remember walking about of the cinema thinking “somebody needs to explain this for me.” As soon as I got home I was on Wikipedia reading up on interpretations. I think Mulholland Drive is the kind of film you need to watch more than once, as there are so many details you can’t possible pick up on the first time. To be honest, immediately after reading about it on Wikipedia I wanted to watch it again!

That being said, I did enjoy the experience! I like films that make me think a bit. But if that’s not exactly your thing, you might want to stear clear of Mulholland Drive. You’ll just end up frustrated. On the David Lynch spectrum of weirdXconfusing this one is definitely on the upper end. 😅

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The Straight Story

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Today we’re talking about The Straight Story. I had heard about the movie previously but wasn’t aware it’s a Lynch film. Well, color me intrigued! Also, after this we only have two more David Lynch pictures to review, so make sure to check back for those. 🙂

The Plot (as found on RT):

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

The Rating:

Some Lynch movies are super weird, you have to spend some time pondering them in order to find a semblance of sense in them. And then there are movies like The Straight Story that are perfectly wonderful and kick you right in the feels! I had heard of that film where and old dude drives across the states on a lawnmower but that was literally all I knew about it. As I mentioned above, I didn’t even know that it’s a David Lynch picture until I saw it listed at my local cinema.

I went to check out all other Lynch movies they showed, so of course I also went for this one. I didn’t even check out the trailer and just decided to let it surprise me. Well, after the movie was over some people at the cinema actually started clapping. And that has never happened, not even when they showed LOTR!

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Lost Highway

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Another day, another David Lynch movie. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Lost Highway, which proves to be very interested, judging from the trailer!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

From this inventory of imagery, Lynch fashions two separate but intersecting stories, one about a jazz musician (Bill Pullman), tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, who suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. The other is a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that the women in both are played by the same actress (Patricia Arquette).

The Rating:

I know I had seen this one years and years ago, but try as I might, I couldn’t remember a thing about it. So, a rewatch was in order. Well, I can tell you this was interesting. As is customary for everything David Lynch, Lost Highway is extremely weird and confusing, but it will also give you a lot of food for thought. It feels like the kind of story you could actually figure out if you think about it long enough. Like, the meaning is just the tiniest bit beyond your grasp. I don’t want to say too much in order not to spoil it for anybody, but I sure was intrigued. I mean, it was crazy but maybe just a little more on the rational side than some of Lynch’s other stuff I have seen. Oh boy, thinking about it, if this is the film that makes sense, we are in trouble. 😅

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