Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

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Today we’re going to talk about At World’s End which is the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Let’s see whether it is worth checking out!

The Plot (as found on RT):

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) join forces with Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to free Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Davy Jones’ locker. Meanwhile, the crew of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship wreaks havoc on the Seven Seas. The friends must navigate dangerous waters to confront Chinese pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) and, ultimately, they must choose sides in a battle wherein the pirate life hangs in the balance.

The Rating:

Ending the second part with a cliffhanger like that was truly evil, so really you have to watch parts 2 and 3 back to back. But somehow to me, this is the downfall of it all. I did enjoy the third installment but definitely less than the first two. And the movie is rather long. I feel like the second one could already have been cut down a bit but then continuing with another too-long picture it really accentuates all the weak spots.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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After a great start with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, I’m back to talk about the next installment of the franchise: Dead Man’s Chest. Let’s see if it lives up to the original film!

The Plot (as found on RT):

When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack’s friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).

The Rating:

This was a nice one. It’s not quite as good as the first film, but it will completely dazzle you with stunning shots and amazing CGI that still holds up. There are a lot of funny moments that still make me giggle years after watching this for the first time. Granted, it does drag on at times and the runtime of over two hours might have been cut down – especially when you consider that it ends with a cliffhanger setting things up for another almost three hours long film.

To a large degree, the franchise really lives off of Johnny Depp’s performance. As intriguing as Bloom and Knightley are, his performance is what makes or breaks these films. He surely pulled it off, manages to keep the audience entertained and amused. The film includes many a scene that is iconic by now.

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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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