Friday, July 14, 2006

MOVIE REVIEW: PIRATES 2

Saw PIRATES 2 last night.
Quick Review....

Didn't care for it.
While it had its moments, some fun action and great FX, the story & storytelling was weak. Overall, the film felt rushed and sloppy. There's a good 45min that needs to be cut out. "Cannibal Island" served no purpose whatsoever except excuses for onscreen gags. And much of the action sequences become tiresome and I found myself daydreaming waiting for them to end. Also, I didn't really care for any of the characters this time around. It was fun to watch Davy Jones' tenticles, but even his character was bland, especially compared to Pirates1's Barbossa. In the end, there isn't much there to engage me and I was disappointed.

To give you an idea of how this sequel compares to the first, I'd say these were equivelant sequels:
Back to the Future II
Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
Lethal Weapon 2 and 4

Sloppy, rushed and no heart.
Overall Rating: C+

Let the arguing begin!

8 comments:

Lisa said...

Didn't care for it? Are you NUTS? It was, by far the best movie of the summer. Come on Jim! Get with it!

Jim said...

What?!!!
Are you kidding me?!!
:)

Lisa said...

No way. I am NOT kidding. I LOVED it. It was AWESOME. Far better than the other two movies I've seen this summer: X-Men 3 and Superman Returns. FAR better! It had humor, action, great effects, decent acting and Johnny Depp. Who could ask for more?

Jim said...

I'll give you the humor, action, fx and decent acting (and I guess Depp, too)...however, the script and editing was sloppy.

Maybe if/when I see it again on dvd, it will better the 2nd time. But for me, I liked Superman Returns better.

Maker said...

Dude,..it was good. I know it wasn't "intillectually stimulating" and full of deep meaning,..but it was a great flick. action fillied, non - preachy, family oriented fun.........
-and YES,...I know i worked on it,..but I worked on FF also,.and i can say THAT was a giant steamming pile of poop.....
Your entitled to your opinion, and i respect that,...but I still dissagree with you,...MUCH, MUCH better than Superman returns......( that movie you LOVED.......... :) )

MAKER said...

ps,..Thank you LISA...........(hehe)

Jim said...

If you reread my review, I never said the movie sucked. I think my points are right on and honest. Now, you could feel that those points are valid and still think the movie was good-to-great. I guess what I'm saying is, all the good elements you've mentioned are true. But also, what I said is true too. Or am I off here? Was the editing tight, like the first one was? I personally think the editing was too loose. If it wasn't loose, then nothing would need trimming out of the movie - and I think atleast 20-45min weren't needed.

I hope I'm not coming across as a raving asshole. I know yesterday's embarassing argument w/MrPolite probably has JimSmash having a certain "voice."

To try and clarify - I didn't think the movie sucked. I just thought the story and storytelling wasn't as successful as Pirates 1, which I thought was great. So I felt it didn't live up to it. The potential was there, but I think it was perhaps rushed, therefore the end result suffered. Trim the movie down and run the script through another draft, and they might have made a bettermovie.

Agg, Can't......verbalize.......thoughts correctly......Jim........not...............good.........with words..............

Lisa said...

Great job, Maker! Loved it.

Don't worry Jim...we all visit this 'cause we "heart" you.