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PotC 4 review - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
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PotC 4 review


This film was....lacking in something. I'm not quite sure what. Jack wasn't nearly as laugh-out-loud-funny as he was in the original trilogy of films- Johnny Depp didn't come quite as energetic or into it as he's been before. Penelope Cruz was kind of great as Angelica, if that makes any sense; I like the idea of her character, and I appreciate that now they've given Jack a proper love interest, she's not a Mary Sue. Cruz is quite good at comedy too. If there's another film, I'd want to see her in it.

I felt the absence of the characters from the original trilogy- maybe not so much Will and Elizabeth (their story was pretty much put to rest in AWE), but definitely Norrington and the bit characters that could make a scene funny/touching by their presence (Murtogg and Mullroy, Pintel and Ragetti, Marty, Cotton, etc.). Jack had no comic relief to play off besides Gibbs, who spent most of the film separated from Jack anyway; the other pirates in this film were kind of filler characters and I really think they could have developed Scrum as a comic relief character alongside Jack. I've been watching Stephen Graham (the actor who played Scrum) as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire and he's a really talented actor, and he was given short shrift here. The missionary, for the sort of character he was supposed to be (ie a character that we the audience are supposed to like and sympathise with), was also sorely under-developed.

I liked that Gillette and Groves were given a greater screen presence (not gonna lie, that was a motivating factor in why I decided to see it /Team Navy 4 Lyfe), but disappointed at how they were used. Very disappointed at the demise of Gillette in the movie, but I am absolutely convinced that Groves isn't dead, because later in the scene when the Spanish and Barbossa and his crew members are leaving you see him being carried upright between two sailors- they wouldn't carry a dead body like that, right? (#graspingatstraws) Really felt that the whole plot element of Groves and Gillette following Barbossa's orders was kind of fail, but at least they acted like they didn't want to be serving under him.

Liked the inclusion of the Spanish as the deus ex machina though- so many attractive men in uniform! Hell, even King Ferdinand (who should've been much older) was a hottie- had to lol at the hot young Spanish king versus corpulent old George II.

Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane made the movie for me- the film really needed a couple of Large Hams and Rush never disappointed there (probably why I quite like Barbossa- everything that comes out of his mouth is hamtastic and piratey). Oh, and Judi Dench and Richard Griffiths' cameos were also nice touches.

I would say now that I wouldn't see another PotC film, but I probably will as long as Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush are involved. This wasn't exactly promising as a sequel though. :/



Don't even get me started on Doctor Who. EYEPATCH LADY IS FREAKING ME OUT SFM. I'm so ready for some plot resolution right now, I think I'm going to have to DL the episode tomorrow. Except that The Grand Moff is such a troll about plotlines, we may not even get a real plot resolution. ARGH, WHAT DO I DO?

Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: Vanessa Mae- Yellow Submarine

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fannyfae From: fannyfae Date: June 4th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the outline of POTC IV. I haven't seen it yet but as someone who is into film, I don't watch movies just for the story. I watch them for the cinematic elements. You gave me a good deal to anticipate when I do finally see it - none of the least of which is more Barbossa goodness and Dame Jud! My son has been passionately in love with this woman since he was seven! ;) As for the rest, well, I may just wait till it comes out on DVD given your review and others I have seen. I just am less inclined to spend so much money for one viewing of any film.

I know I am going to miss Norrington in this one. He died (IMO) so needlessly in III and the only reason I can figure is that it was some sort of silly metaphor of Elizabeth's Kiss = DEATH. I was not impreseed. At any rate, I like the approach you have taken with James. I like the complexity that you have written for him, and have made him far more believable as a character. Speaking of which; Frances is currently penning a long letter in response to his and I sense she is not quite halfway finished with it. She really does receive his missives with a great deal of pleasure and takes equal pleasure in writing back. Thank you both for nudging a muse who has been quite - reticent as of late and of all the other muses out there, Frances will always talk to James. :)

Alright, I am off to work! Have a great weekend!
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: June 4th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just saw DW and YOU TOTALLY NEED TO SEE IT NOW OMG SO MUCH GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Moff wins at MAJOR TWISTINGS.

I'm still hemming and hawing about OST. I don't think I could cope with seeing Gillette killed off in front of me. It nearly did me in to see that with Norrington.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: June 5th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I can almost picture Steven Moffat sitting at his computer singing Trolololololo~ while reading fan blogs and it kind of makes me want to laugh and cry in frustration at the same time. ;-; I'll probably wait the week, as I've been using bandwith to watch The Borgias lately.

Just watch OST online and watch the bits with Groves and Gillette before the ending. You get a good sense that neither of them wants to be serving with Barbossa, though they are still very heroic and certainly get to do a lot more than they did in the previous movies. I got some good inspiration out of it for my fanon in spite of the conclusion. And if there's nothing else good to come out of the film, there are loads of screenshots to be had of the dynamic duo for icons!
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: June 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I buy the Dr Who Magazine for Steven's Production Notes article each month - I get the CUTEST Coupling Steve plotbunnies, and it's such a good insight into how his mind works. And yes he HATES spoilers, LOL, but I don't blame him for trying to keep things under wraps. But this episode - it answered quite a lot of questions and then opened a MASSIVE can of fannish questions at the same time. Damn it I'll have to watch the rest of the series when it comes back, like I wasn't planning to already ;-)

Are you liking The Borgias? It looks good in the trailers, but I have such a dodgy internet that downloading is not an option (stupid pay-as-you-go-wifi has no decent reception) and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to get Sky digital to see it - no Irish channel is likely to pick it up.

I'll wait until the whole thing is screencapped rather than watch it. I'd find it too upsetting to watch, I think. But iconnage is 8always8 good news.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: June 6th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Borgias

I thought The Borgias would just be like The Tudors, but it's not, oddly enough. It plays out a bit more like The Godfather (which makes sense because Mario Puzo based the Corleones on the Borgias in the first place). There's more emphasis on the family in this series, whereas The Tudors was pretty much all about Henry (I always found that annoying- they could very well have covered the reigns of Henry's children too). I'm glad Neil Jordan's the showrunner for this series. I loved Michael Collins and Breakfast On Pluto and I knew he'd make a good job of it.

The settings are quite good and the cast is excellent; I was quite tickled to see Derek Jacobi and a couple of other actors I'd seen in other tv shows. No one's nearly as hammy as JRM was as Henry VIII. ;p

And Jeremy Irons. Oh, be still my beating heart. Sexiest Pope ever.
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: June 6th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: The Borgias

Jeremy Irons can make ANYTHING sexy as all hell. Mm om nom nom :-)

I wondered if the Irishness of The Tudors made them focus on the Irish actor more, or if JRM just turned into a total diva during the production, LOL.

Neil Jordan as showrunner *is* good news.
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: June 5th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't decided whether I can be bothered seeing Pirates. The cinema nearest me is only showing it in 3D, which doesn't work for my poor brain, so it'd be a trek across the pond.

My usual source doesn't seem to have A Good Man Goes To War and BBC have identified and blocked my proxy, and I'm dying to know what happens. Did you manage to get it somewhere?
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: June 5th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure Pirates is worth a lengthy trek. I saw it at the cinema at the Paddington Barracks and I'm regretting paying what I did for the ticket...if I'd known it was going to be a bit disappointing, I would've gone to South Bank and paid less, if that makes any sense.

I'm showing restraint at the moment about DLing A Good Man Goes to War. I've been watching The Borgias (which has been taking up some of the bandwith) and I'm kind of figuring that as the season 6 part 2 finale it's not going to make a difference if I watch it tomorrow or next Saturday night.....we'll all still have to wait until September. :/
psyc2321 From: psyc2321 Date: June 6th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I found it, and it is pretty good. Moff doesn't leave us hanging about River, FWIW.
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