16 July 2006

Shades of dark, darker and darkest...

.. is how I'd describe Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.

What went wrong?? Was chatting with Axe about this last week, and he cribbed it was too dark, comparing it with The Empire Strikes Back in relation the first Star Wars. I think we all went to watch the Curse of the Black Pearl with minimum expectations expecting a decent action comedy. The Curse of the Black Pearl was funny. The chemistry between Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush was simply brilliant. I, of course, tend to overlook the guy with the sword, but he was a total non-entity in this one... It just wasn't funny. And funny is what I expected after the first movie.

I hated the weird creatures. One supposes that an overdose of the fantasy element (weird mutated creatures) could not really be that funny.

And what's with the score?? I just loved the score in the first movie... the one that goes
Ta-dum-tum-ta-da-dum-dum-ta-da-tum-dum-ta-da-dum
That particular bit played only during the final credits!! It was such an apt score, with a certain flamboyance to act as a counterfoil to that slurring, somewhat effeminate pirate...

Ah well, now that Barbossa is back, maybe the Pirates 3 will be more interesting.
(Highlight at your own risk. Spoiler alert!!)

It wasn't a total loss. I loved the East India Company being portrayed as the baddies.

I don't want to give it a rating, but I suggest that you watch it only if you are a die-hard fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

3 comments:

Dents said...

Did see it.... Diehard fan of Johnny Depp... loved it... others incidental

Blog-Capt. Anup Murthy said...

Will see it Vidya. Two reasons, first, visual effects, although I am sure we could perhaps do with lesser computer generated characters. Second, Keira Knightley!Actually a third reason, wifey wants to see it in Sing with Chinese sub-titles, Johnny Depp fan or is it Jack Sparrow? We all love pirates, even though they always ended up breaking the law. A rebel straek in all of us. Har Har and Har De har!

Nikhil said...

CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!