Archive for June 2011
When I was little my family and I would go to Disneyland and every time we visit the park, the first ride we rode was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It was a family tradition. I remember thinking how cool the ride was. You had buried treasures, scary caves, ships shooting cannons, and of course, pirates. You have pirates raiding towns, chasing women, while drinking rum and singing, “yo ho! yo ho! a pirate’s life for me!”
In 2003, Disney came up with idea of making a movie based on the ride. Pure genius! Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Black Pearl was a huge success. Soon two more sequels followed Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and At World’s End (2007) and I loved every one of them. And just when I thought it was over they surprise us with a fourth Pirates movie, On Stranger Tides and it didn’t disappoint.
The story centers around our favorite pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who last we saw was trying to find the Fountain of Youth. He’s in London because he heard someone has been impersonating him. The impostor turns out to be a woman named Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who’s an old flame of Jack’s. I’m not surprised by this. The man has a history of breaking a few hearts. Unfortunately, this one had a sword and her father was Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the pirate that all pirates fear. Jack sure knows how to pick ’em.
Before you know it Jack is on Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, being forced to lead the way to the fountain. But they are not the only ones after the fountain. There’s the Spanish and Jack’s old nemesis Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who has given up his pirate ways and is now a privateer of King George II’s Royal Navy.
As much as I loved the movie I was sad that Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) from the first three films weren’t in this one and the old crew Pintel, Ragetti, Cotton and even Marty weren’t in the movie either. Well, at least they had Barbossa, Gibbs (Kevin McNally), and Jack’s dad, Captain Teague (Keith Richards) who made a small appearance.
Blackbeard was really a scary guy. When he’s not killing somebody in his free time he dabbles in the dark arts, like making a voodoo doll of Jack to make sure he doesn’t try to run off or pull a double cross. Even his ship and his crew were frightening. Though some were humans his commanding officers were zombies. As for the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship is made out of the bones of Blackbeard’s victims and when Blackbeard pulls out his sword the ship itself comes to life.
But despite being the baddest pirate on the seven seas, Blackbeard does has his fears. One of his zombie crew members, who has the power to see the future, warned him that he would meet his death by the hands of a one-legged man. That’s why he wants to find the fountain so badly.
As luck would have it that one-legged man happens to be our very own Barbossa. Somewhere between the third and fourth film The Black Pearl was attacked by Blackbeard. The Black Pearl came alive and turned on it’s crew. Barbossa was the only survivor but he had to cut off his own leg to escape.
I knew it! When Barbossa first came out wearing that uniform and that stupid wig I saw right through his little act. He didn’t become a privateer because he turned over a new leaf. He wanted revenge on Blackbeard. Now that’s the Barbossa I know and I love. He would never take orders from some fat king, who cared more about pastries than ruling his country. I have serious respect for Barbossa. Despite only have one leg the man can still fight.
I thought Philip (Sam Swift), the captive missionary and Syrena (Astrid Berges), the mermaid made a cute couple. Even though Philip was a man of god, he was the only one brave enough to call Blackbeard a coward to his face. He was also the only to show Syrena any kindness. There’s a ritual that requires the tear of a mermaid which doesn’t sound so bad except the mermaid usually needs up dead in the end.
My favorite couple by far was Jack and Angelica. Even though they were constantly watching their backs when the other was in the room, you can clearly see they still had feelings for each other. Angelica will be famous for being the only woman Jack Sparrow ever loved.
After watching this movie a sequel is a definite possibility. As long as Jack Sparrow is in it I’m happy.
Have you guys ever heard the saying “two’s company, three’s a crowd?”
So what happens when you take two women and one guy and put them in a love triangle?
Complications and a shit load of laughs.
Something Borrowed is based on the best seller by Emily Giffin.
It tells the story of Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), a single, talented attorney who on the night of her 30th birthday ends up in bed with Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the guy she’s had a crush on since law school. This would have been great except the guy is engaged to her best friend, Darcy (Kate Hudson). Rachel writes it off as a one time thing and blames it on too much alcohol but Dex admits that he wasn’t that drunk when it happened.
If you had a choice between your best friend or true love, which would you choose?
I haven’t read the book but so far I’m loving the movie version.
Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since they were little girls but if you look at them they are completely different. While Darcy loves being in the spotlight, Rachel is the good girl holding her purse. I could really relate to Rachel’s character. She’s nice and everything but she was a little too nice. If you really like someone don’t wait, go for it! Because you don’t, someone else will.
You would think Dex was just stringing along both women he wasn’t. It turns out Dex really did feel the same thing about Rachel. It’s just that they both did what people expected them to do. People expected the gorgeous Dex to hook up the equally gorgeous Darcy and they expected Rachel to be the supportive wallflower.
What the hell happened to following your heart? When did love became a chore?
Everyone was oblivious to Rachel’s dilemma, except Ethan (John Krasinski), her childhood friend. Ethan was awesome. He listened to her and encouraged her to go after her man. He would make both a great best friend or boyfriend. I loved the scene on the beach where he and Dex was playing racket ball. You can tell he really cares about Rachel.
Darcy was my least favorite character. In the beginning when she made that speech at Rachel’s party she managed to turn it around and make it about her. Honestly how self-centered can one person be? It was pretty clear that she and Dex were wrong for each other. When she found out about Rachel and Dex she was mad which was understandable but she cheated on Dex with Marcus (Steve Howey), Dex’s best friend.
So when she screws around with someone else it’s fine but when her fiancé screws around with her best friend it’s wrong. The difference is that Rachel and Dex are actually in love. Marcus was a skirt chasing moron.
The only time I ever saw Darcy and Rachel ever being real BFFs was when they started dancing to Salt-N-Pepper’s “Push It”. They were laughing and having fun. And when Darcy crashed over Rachel’s for the night you saw a different side of her. She tells Rachel how she’s like a sister to her and how she would never let anyone hurt her. Wow! There really was a human being underneath all that glamor. And I thought she was shallow as a kiddie pool.
I have to read the book when I get the chance. Also Something Blue, the sequel, which tells what happened to Darcy after the incident.