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Moriarty Reviews PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2: DEAD MAN'S CHEST!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to visit the editing room and take a look at about forty-five minutes worth of footage from one of this summer’s most anticipated films, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2: DEAD MAN’S CHEST. I wrote about that experience here, and at the time, I was very optimistic about the film.

That’s a little dangerous, though. I’ve been fooled before. Remember my visit to the editing room for TOMB RAIDER? I sure do. And I also remember my reaction to the finished film. See a bit of a disparity there? It’s possible to take 20 or 30 minutes of a film out of context and show them to someone, and you might be able to make that film look like the greatest movie ever. But then when you see things in context, suddenly you get a better picture of what you’re seeing, and suddenly, that 20 or 30 minutes doesn’t look so good. It’s embarrassing, and it’s one of the trickiest parts of agreeing to take an early peek at a part of a film. You can find yourself hung out to dry easily.

Thankfully, that’s not the case here. PIRATES 2 is one of the best summer entertainments I’ve seen in a while, and it manages to improve on the first film in every way. It’s smart, it’s funny, it plays out on an epic scale while still putting character first, and it builds to a conclusion that will have audiences twisting in agony as they have to wait for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3: AT WORLD’S END next summer. Basically, it’s everything fans of the first film hope it will be, but it’s also good enough to win over people who were unconvinced by that first movie.

I’m going to try to tread lightly about spoilers for this one, because I would have hated to have had some of the film’s surprises ruined for me.

Basically, this follows a bit of the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK formula, where our main characters are all sent in different directions to do different things that eventually bring them all back together, along with a hearty dose of illicit romance, backstabbing, and supernatural tomfoolery. If you’re using the EMPIRE model, then I guess Orlando Bloom is the closest thing to Luke Skywalker. He’s got the slightest of the roles this time, but he makes the most of the screen time he does have. Thanks to the dark magic of Davy Jones, Will Turner is reunited with his father, Bootstrap Bill Turner, who was only referred to in dialogue in the first film.

Stellan Skarsgaard plays Boostrap Bill with a sort of grim resignation, a man cursed who doesn’t want his son to make his same mistakes. Bootstrap was thrown overboard to drown by his crewmates, but he was suffering from the same curse as them, so he couldn’t die. He was bound, held in place, alive but alone at the bottom of the sea. And he couldn’t take it. He begged Davy Jones to take him, to make him part of the crew of the Flying Dutchman, and that’s exactly what happened.

That’s what happened to everyone aboard the Dutchman, and they’re all kept alive by the mercy of Davy Jones. The longer they live as part of his crew, the more they become one with the sea, so everyone of Davy’s crew is crazy and mutated and unique. One of the unsung heroes of this film appears to be Crash McCreery, a designer and production artist whose work has always blown me away. He’s got a wicked imagination, and if you keep your eyes open and look at all the pirates in all the Davy Jones scenes, you’re going to see some crazy stuff. Even if you hate the rest of the movie (and I can’t imagine you would), the Davy Jones sequences are masterfully staged sequences of imagination, great horror movie mood pieces. There’s a wager that takes place between Will, Davy Jones, and Bootstrap Bill that is all about character, and in that moment, I really wasn’t thinking about “Wow, that’s really great ILM special effects make-up work, with remarkable texture mapping and a pretty ballsy lighting set-up, and I’m impressed by the way the performance capture paid off, particularly in the way his eyes and his mouth work.” All of that is true, but what I was thinking was about the characters... about the stakes for Will... the chance for Bootstrap to do something good. It’s involving, and it transcends just being good special effects.

Bill Nighy plays Davy Jones, and as soon as you see the first sequence in which he appears, you’ll see how fully-realized and iconic a movie monster he is. I think he’ll terrify kids, but in the way they like to be terrified. They’ll scream at points, and they’ll want more of it. Nighy seems to have embraced the potential of performance capture fully, and he’s really helped create a showcase for what’s possible if an actor is in the hands of the right artists. It’s a perfect marriage of performance and effects, and it’s impossible to say where one ends and the other begins. It doesn’t matter if he’s in a violent rainstorm or harsh daylight... Davy Jones looks real to me. Absolutely real, and Nighy hits every note right in the same way that Depp does.

I’m not a big Kiera Knightley fan, but she’s got a good role here. Elizabeth, after all, was the first character we saw in the first film, and in many ways, she’s the lead of the entire trilogy. She was infatuated with pirates, with the romantic notion of them. In her heart, she sort of wanted to be a pirate. Her realization in the first film that real pirates are scary and dishonorable and to be feared was sort of the point of the film. In this movie, Elizabeth has to confront something ugly about herself, the realization that she might be a pirate at heart... that she might not be a good person when all is said and done. Ironic, since she spends most of the movie trying to convince Jack Sparrow that he is more than just a pirate... that he is, in fact, a good man underneath.

Oh, excuse me. That’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Let’s answer the big question: is Johnny Depp as much fun this time as he was in the original? Is it still fresh? The answer is an unreserved yes. Again, the EMPIRE model applies. Remember how cool Han Solo was in STAR WARS the first time you saw it? And then remember how much cooler he seemed when EMPIRE came out? This is that big a jump, and you can tell right away when they manage to come up with an introduction that is just as fun as the way Captain Jack was introduced in the first film. Depp’s marked in this film, cursed and on the run, doing anything he can to save his own skin. It’s a great dilemma to give him, and Depp really rises to the occasion.

I’d run, too, if someone was using The Kraken to track me. Davy Jones can command the beast using a summoning device onboard the Dutchman, and he does so on three separate and spectacular occasions. Again, though... as great as these sea monster attacks are, they each do something very different for the story and to the characters. That last Kraken attack ends up being the most emotion sequence in either this film or the first one. Everyone finally shows their hand, and for a moment, everyone gets a look at everyone else’s true face. It’s pretty great, and it changes the rules for part three next summer.

You’ve got to give it up for the supporting cast. Jack Davenport tears it up as former Commodore James Norrington, the guy who was destroyed emotionally when Elizabeth chose Will Turner over him, and when he was sent after Captain Jack Sparrow and failed to find him, his career was destroyed as well. He’s a wreck when he shows up in this film, and then he goes all Lando on everyone. It’s a nice role, and he makes the most of it. Lee Arenberg and MacKenzie Crook make a nice comedy team through most of this, the sort of R2D2/C3PO combo. Kevin McNally is Chewbacca to Captain Jack’s Han Solo, a big bear of a guy who always has his back and who helps keep the ship on the water. Jonathan Pryce is good, but barely in the film. Tom Hollander makes for a slimy villain as Lord Cutler Beckett, playing it just right, never overselling it. Naomie Harris is pretty great and strange as Tia Dalma, the fortune-teller who they go to visit early on. Everyone plays it just right, and the script gives them something to do, a rarity in blockbusters of this size.

I just plain like Gore Verbinski as a filmmaker, and I think every time out, he seems to be getting more confident, more daring. This reminds me of the crazy pre-PG-13 days of the MPAA, when stuff like POLTERGEIST or RAIDERS was getting a PG. He maintains a pretty rough and tumble dark adventure tone for the entire film, from the opening scenes at a nightmarish prison for pirates all the way to the final scene in the home of Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris). He’s managed to work in some more of the imagery from the classic “Pirates” ride in a few clever nods, and he keeps the film rolling forward in a way that feels a little like a Disney ride felt when you were a kid and you went on them. There’s definitely an episodic nature to much of this script, and in a few places, transitions are played down to the point of haiku. Still not quite sure how Johnny Depp ends up with the natives and how he knows their language, but that’s fine. The entire sequence works so well and is so funny and thrilling that you won’t care about one or two little gloss-overs. The second half of the film works better than the first half, and it feels like the difference is as simple as set-up and pay-off. PIRATES 2 expends a fair bit of shoe leather getting where it’s going, but once it gets up a head of steam, there’s no stopping it.

The film ends with two pretty big shocks to the system, and you should avoid reading anything about them or how they play out. Suffice it to say, it’s all about how well those two events pay off in next summer’s final chapter of the trilogy. The gauntlet’s been thrown down now, and it’s a pretty big cliffhanger on a couple of fronts. I loved the ending, and if you’ll stay all the way through the credits, you’ll get a surprise just like you did in the first film. It’s a great one, too.

Hans Zimmer’s score is pretty damn rousing, and Dariusz Wolski’s cinematography is candy in all the right ways. In many ways, this feels to me like a sort of summation of everything that Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott have written so far. As writers on ALADDIN, SMALL SOLDIERS, both of the ZORRO films, TREASURE PLANET, and THE ROAD TO EL DORADO, they’ve had plenty of experience warming up for these films. The first PIRATES was co-written with Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert, both writers who worked on the movie before Ted and Terry came aboard. This time, they were the only writers on the film, and the same thing’s true of the final one next year. This movie really does do everything they’ve done before, but with a grace that only comes from experience. They’ve given Verbinksi a hell of a blueprint, and he seems to have responded to what they wrote, almost like he’s answering a dare.

So, yeah... I think I sort of loved this movie. And considering how I was of mixed opinion on the first one, that’s a pretty nice feeling. I’m ready for next year already, and I’m willing to be you will be, too, as soon as you get a look on July 7th.

Right now, I’m off to work on this week’s DVD column, some more DVD reviews, and my reaction to a little indie movie I saw called SUPERMAN RETURNS. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.





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  • June 25, 2006, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Hell yes!!

    by simongarth2001

    Sounds great. I really dug the first one. This one sounds even better. Did berni Wrightson do any work on this, i wonder?

  • June 25, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Amy Chasing

    and an indie flick called 'Superman Returns'- rotfl. kinda like 'The Matrix' eh? :) oh, and first (my first time too)

  • June 25, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST

    And yet again, I trust Moriarty more than any other wri

    by pfizzle

    Bring back the DVD blog!

  • June 25, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I can't friggin wait for this movie

    by 025577680

    25 days left for me. I want a time machine.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Thank ya very much Moriarty

    by seppukudkurosawa

    And let me be the first to say, that secret link to "The Adventures of Keira Knightley's Jaw" is classic.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Ruh roh Raggy!

    by TheJake

    If it's as spectacular as it sounds it makes me wonder how the third film can top it.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    so Moriarity wrote this on Eisner's lower back fat?

    by ChileanSeaBass

    ..I can picture the scene, Eisner rolls over naked whilehis hairy potbelly lands on moriarty's naked buttocks, and he slaps Eisner's hands away as he tries to scribble this review on some perfumed disney letterhead soaked in man sweat..

  • June 25, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Dorks

    by Jugdish

    It amazes me how everthing always comes back the Star Wars with you guys. how about just saying the movie was great because.....I don't need to know who plays the equievalent of lead Ewok in this flick for Christ's sake

  • June 25, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    More than likely I'll get flamed for this but...

    by b3mike

    The first Pirates is one of the most overrated films ever. EOM

  • June 25, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Prosthetics AND digital makeup?

    by half vader

    Everyone's shouting about the digital stuff but I'm sure I read somewhere an interview with Skarsgaard or someone saying they had a pretty full-on prosthetic that was then extended digitally. Anyone know? _________________ P.S. What Mark McCreery can do with a plain pencil blows most people's fully painted stuff away.

  • June 25, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Looks like a cool summer!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 25, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Elliot & Rosso also wrote Shrek

    by DerLanghaarige

    And if I remember right, Mori has some problems with it ;)

  • June 25, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    The tagline should've been

    by chrth

    "Fuck Superman ... Jack Sparrow Returns Summer 2006"

  • June 25, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Nighy said it was mostly motion capture

    by Terry_1978

    But they wore some makeup for reference, basically. This seems to be the movie to beat this summer. Been hearing nothing but good things about, so of course the 7th can't come soon enough. If you had told me years back that a movie based on the Pirates of the Caribbean would be good, I would've said you were crazy.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Will I am your father

    by hokey pokey elmo

    I but you that line is in there. I agree with b3mike though. Granted Johnny Depp's acting was brilliant there was pretty much nothing else going on in the first.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Also agree about first one

    by chrth

    I didn't find it all that good -- Depp excluded of course -- I don't understand the hype. But Mori hasn't steered me wrong yet this year (X3), so I think I may have to go see this.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The hype about part 1...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...was really just about Depp's great performance. POTC is without a doubt a good fantasyfilm, but he really gave it some greatness!

  • June 25, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    As long as it doesn't follow the Scooby Doo 2 formula..

    by Retrace

    And Jack Sparrow is the closest thing to Freddie Prinze Jr. and Will Turner is closest to Velma. what?

  • June 25, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    goddamn 2006 is a great year for iconic movie roles

    by oscarmike

    first there was V from "vendetta", then pyramid head, and now davy jones. great time to be a movie fan. i hope it's not long and dry like the first one looking forward to that superman review.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Pirates of the Correllian 3: At Star's End

    by Karl Hungus

    Let's hope part 3 doesn't follow the JEDI formula.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Oh YES. Bring it on!

    by performingmonkey

    I trust Mori, so if he says it's great it IS great. I don't want to know what happens at the end, but in the first one I thought it was going to be revealed that Jack was really Bootstrap Bill Turner and that no-one recognized him because of the make-up and shit. Obviously that didn't happen, but maybe the revelation is that Jack is Will's father, not Bootstrap Bill. Or maybe Davy Jones is his father. Maybe Mori is hinting at this with the Empire references. Whatever, I can't fucking wait for this.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    No thanks

    by banditmania

    I couldn't get through the first one, and won't waste my time with this one.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Why change a formula that works?

    by Luggers2000

    When I go back to watch Star Wars and Empire I keep thinking, "Shouldn't someone else be able to crack this kind of epic trilogy?" Great to hear that Pirates 2 is going for it. A series could fall way short of the Star Wars trilogy and still be a classic. I can't wait, thanks Moriarty.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Great review

    by ManosTHOF

    Can't wait to see it myself.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hm...

    by DerLanghaarige

    Could POTC become this generations Indiana Jones? Just a thought...

  • June 25, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Stellan Skarsgaard

    by MartinBlank

    "Stellan Skarsgaard plays Boostrap Bill with a sort of grim resignation..." Stellan Skarsgaard plays EVERYONE with a sort of grim resignation. Stellan Skarsgaard would act in a Chuck E. Cheese commercial with a sort of grim resignation. Stellan Skarsgaard would boink Jenna Jameson in a porn video with a sort of grim resignation. He's still cool though.

  • June 25, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    So, its better or worse than Superman Returns?

    by Wonderboys

  • June 25, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Hooray!

    by blackwood

    Pirates forever! Take that, you skeevie ninjas! Great review, Mori.

  • June 25, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    blackwood, speaking of the pirates vs. ninjas...

    by grillskill

    If Mike Myers is doing Robot Uprising, and there is a bidding war over Max Brooks' zombie expertise; where is the Real Ultimate Power film? Surely some producer must be on the verge of optioning the Hamburger penned epic by now.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp is dreamy....

    by Doom II

    as my wife would say.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    PIRATES WILL BE AWESOME

    by isildur29

    and to answer the question about trailers...Spider-Man 3 teaser, Transformers teaser, and The Fountain have all been confirmed for POTC2. (I work in projection) But Spider-Man is the attatched trailer for all Superman prints so you can see it then also.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    u sat in editing w/ Bruckheimer, of course you <3&#39;d it

    by AWDH

    I think the fact that you sat in the editing room with ol&#39; Bruckheimer himself affected your review. If you write a negative one, no more hanging w/ Jerry. And, Moriaty no likey the sound of that. Maybe you should quit hanging out with the film makers and review movies based on seeing the movies alone, you sell-out.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Moriarty&#39;s Superman review must be a negative one.

    by Thumper2k1

    Superman opens in a few days and he decides that POTC2 has priority, which opens in two weeks. I expected as much.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Can we get through one talkback....

    by DrifterSage

    where someone doesnt have to mention/compare this and superman? they&#39;re both great movies, and I look forward to both, but people are obssesed over finding out/arguing to death over which will be "better".... geez let is rest already.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    heres a notion

    by zooch

    I&#39;m equally excited about Superman and Pirates, and I will see both.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    JOKER CASTING NEWS!!!

    by wolack22

    It&#39;s Eccleston ... check out the link here... http://photos.imageevent.com/batmanonfilm/bofimagesbofimages/websize/ce_joker.jpg

  • June 25, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Nawww, Mori just wants to be the first review

    by LaudnerGomez

    That&#39;s why PIRATES 2 has priority. It&#39;s an ego thing. ---- But come on, nobody is gonna take this review seriously! Mori, you were sucking off Bruckheimer a week ago, and now you love his movie. Quit selling your soul to feed your baby and go back to theater managing where you belong.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Running time = 150 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Dr_Zoidberg

    Two and a half hours. Hope it really is better than the first, because I find the first POTC flick to be a funny and exciting, if rather emotionally uninvolving film and it was TOO LONG!

  • June 25, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    what i liked about the first movie....

    by jig98

    it was never overdone. johnny depp created a{nother} classic charector and it&#39;s an honor for him to be added to the ride. {i guess we won&#39;t be seeing willy wonka added to hershey theme park any time soon} ha ha. anyway, though it looked too freakish and silly at times, this sequel should be more thrilling and ominous than some of the overlong battle sequences in the first one. i always like watching freakish looking muthafockers pop out of the water randomly.

  • June 25, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I LOVE CLIFF-HANGERS!!

    by JohnGalt06

    I am not reading any more reviews of this movie because I do not want it spoiled. Cliff-hangers are so frickin&#39; RARE in movies and I hope it&#39;s as good as Mori said. And how can you not love the first movie? It was awesome and while I don&#39;t really like any of Verbinski&#39;s other movies (including THE WEATHER MAN), the man seems born to direct movies about undead pirates. If this one is even half as good as the first, I&#39;ll be happy...could it be even better? Man, July 7 can&#39;t come soon enough.

  • June 25, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    A 1 year cliffhanger...I&#39;ll pass...

    by Rupee88

    I don&#39;t the cliffhanger thing...it is just frustrating. It didn&#39;t work in ESB and it won&#39;t work here. But if Moriarity liked the movie that much, maybe it is worth checking out on DVD/download at least. Maybe I&#39;ll wait till next year and watch them back to back.

  • June 25, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Why the ESB cliffhanger didn&#39;t work...

    by ZsAsZz

    ...was because it was a three-year wait and ROTJ sucked compared to ESB. So really the cliffhanger worked just not the pay-off.

  • June 25, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    But do we see...his *locker*??? ;)

    by Doctor_Sin

    Mori, I am a big POTC fan and I appreciate the verification that this movie is awesome. THIS is the film I&#39;ve been waiting for this summer!

  • June 25, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN

    by THE KNIGHT

    I didn&#39;t know a superman movie was coming out o_O

  • June 25, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    "Mori sucks off Bruckheimer"

    by blackwood

    Such clarity of insight! Such astounding, earth-shattering conclusions! TODAY IS THE DAY THE WORLD CHANGES, FRIENDS! No more will people be held to their opinions as if they were able to judge a piece of work independent of the factors surrounding it&#39;s viewing. No - it&#39;s all tired accusations of &#39;selling out&#39;! DAMN RIGHT! AICN talkbacks have taught us all a valuable lesson about integrity: question it at every turn, because that&#39;s much easier that possessing it yourself. HANDSHAKES ALL AROUND!

  • June 25, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    ChileanSeaBass, Eisner&#39;s been gone for nearly a Year

    by Atomica

    If you&#39;re going to insult someone do it properly. It was written on the Glass of Walt&#39;s Cryo-Chamber in the blood of Tinkerbell.

  • June 25, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I want a guybrush threepwood

    by emeraldboy

    movie dammit and I want it now.

  • June 25, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I agree with the earlier posts...

    by DoctorWho?

    The first Pirates was wildly overrated. But I think Depp was too. Moriarty piqued my interest with this one though. I liked how he said it had a bit of that Raiders or Poltergeist vibe we remember.

  • June 25, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I saw it last night at the premier!

    by CerebralAssassin

    At Disneyland. It&#39;s great, just like Moriarty says. The Disney people are very proud of this movie. The kraken r00ls!!

  • June 25, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Oh and um....

    by DoctorWho?

    Who&#39;s GUYBRUSH THREEPWOOD?????

  • June 25, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Does this site ever post negative reviews?

    by Elmore Rigby

    No. Because they take money from every movie studio in the form of banner ads all over this site.

  • June 25, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    You&#39;re seriously asking who&#39;s Guybrush??

    by cinemaniac06

    You&#39;ve obviously never heard of a series of video game titles from LucasArts with "Monkey Island" in the title. &#39;The Secret of Monkey Island&#39;, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck&#39;s Revenge&#39;, &#39;The Curse of Monkey Island&#39;, and &#39;Escape from Monkey Island&#39;. They have a large cult following. Known mostly for their offbeat humor and whimsical nature.

  • June 25, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Actually, Elmore Rigby

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    It seems that Moriarty makes reference to a negative review he made of Tomb Raider. I can recall some of the ads for it cluttering my screen. Massawyrms likes about 65% of what he sees, and is not afraid to tell you about the stuff he doesn&#39;t. Harry, as jolly and sold out as that guy seems to be these days, actually eeks out a negative review every so often. I think the guy just really likes movies, and that tends to cloud his judgement sometimes. By and large, I don&#39;t think the reviewing staff at AICN is particularly biased compared to any other review source. Take a look at RottenTomatoes.com some time. You can spend 5 minutes on that site and really tell who the kiss-asses are in the arena of film critique.

  • June 25, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    When the hell are they going to announce whether Keef

    by half vader

    Richards is playing Jack&#39;s dad or not, fer cryin&#39; out loud?

  • June 25, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Half Vader

    by _Kayser_

    http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/714/714538p1.html there you go.

  • June 25, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    When are you posting your review of SUPERMAN RETURNS?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Millions are waiting for your wise words.

  • June 25, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    SkARRRsgaARRRrd?

    by Shermdawg

  • June 25, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Kayser

    by half vader

    Thanks dude.

  • June 25, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    POTC=the new star wars?

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    who would&#39;ve known

  • June 25, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Like Empire Strikes Back?

    by screenweekender

    fine - as long as there are no bloody Ewoks in the next one.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST

    "I&#39;m not a big Kiera Knightley fan"

    by Sicuv Uyall

    = HOMO just kidding, no i&#39;m not.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Keith Richards already confirmed for POTC 3!

    by ranting_dude

    IGN talked with Gore Verbinski and confirmed that Keith will be in the third film. He wouldn&#39;t who Keith was playing, but I hope that it is Sparrow&#39;s dad.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    There will be pigmy people in the 3rd one for Ewoks

    by wolack22

    and will turner will be dying by davey jones electric energy from his hands (ie force) while bootstrap bill takes one last moment at redemption and kills bootstrap bill, thus killing himself in the process. Also Will Turner and Elizabeth will find out that they&#39;re sisters, and Elizabeth will get it on with Jack Sparrow.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    errr kills davey jones...

    by wolack22

    STAR PIRATES: A NEW BOOTY .... STAR PIRATES: DAVEY JONES STRIKES BACK, and FINALLY STAR PIRATES: REVENGE OF THE PARROT......arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr How come the pirate couldn&#39;t quit smoking? Cause he put the patch on his eye... arrrrrrrrrrr Why did the pirate go to see the R rated movie? Cause there was a lot of booty in it..... ARrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr anyone know any other pirate jokes?

  • June 25, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    bullshit, another movie that doesnt...

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    have a self contained story? i don&#39;t wanna watch half a movie! is there an entire plot and character arcs and stuff in this one, or is it just the first act for part 3. Back to the Future 2 was at least and entire film uninto itself. i just hate it when filmmakers think it is ok to give me half a movie.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The first pirates

    by Lovecraftfan

    I thought it was a great movie. Tons of fun with a surprisngly good screenplay. More sujmmer films should be like it.

  • June 25, 2006, 5:59 p.m. CST

    He&#39;s says he will try and tread lightly on spoilers...

    by Warcraft

    ...and then reveals the reunion of Will and his father in like, the next line. THAT&#39;S A PRETTY BIG FUCKING SPOILER. I stopped reading after that. God, between this review and harry&#39;s spoiler filled review of superman returns, maybe it&#39;s time to skip the reviews on this website. Fuck people, IT&#39;S POSSIBLE TO REVIEW A FILM WITHOUT SPOILERS, THOUSANDS OF CRITICS THE WORLD OVER HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS. FUCK.

  • June 25, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    No Negative Reviews

    by seanny_d

    This site is run by film geeks. So they write reviews of movies that excite them. Normally that doesn&#39;t happen with a negative movie. I know that I don&#39;t really like talking or writing about something that was a waste of my time. Unless there&#39;s really something to say about the film that you didn&#39;t like.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Why everything comes back to Star Wars:

    by Doc_Strange

    Because Star Wars is undoubtedly the definitive original trilogy ever. LOTR doesn&#39;t count because it was adapted from source material. Many people try and denounce the trilogy but the fact of the matter is, that is how a 3 act movie should be done. Lucas said it himself: 1st movie is an intro to the characters, the 2nd film you place all the characters in the worst situation they could never get of and in act 3, they get out. Basic drama. It&#39;s cool to see these films following a winning formula, and really, is there another way to do a trilogy? Personally, I loved the first film. I tried watching other pirate movies after watching POTC but they all feel too stiff and take themselves way too seriously. If you look at pirates, they are a wily bunch and the fact that Verbinski knows this and adds fantasy elements makes for a great movie. It&#39;s the same magic that made a movie like the Princess Bride such a great film. My prediction: This will be the summer movie to beat and will be the top grossing film this year.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Tha Box Office Trea$ure

    by KabutoKoji

    Captain Jack Sparrow&#39;s sword better be made out of Kryptonite in this one. Because if not, we all know what&#39;s going to happen.

  • June 25, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks go out to...

    by Ribbons

    ...whoever deleted that spoiler info. I mean I already read it, but at least it&#39;ll have escaped other people&#39;s notice. I really ought to just stop reading the TalkBacks for movies I haven&#39;t seen.

  • June 25, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    "my reaction to a little indie movie I saw called..."

    by Womb2dooM

    "...SUPERMAN RETURNS" Indie movie?! Are you crazy, Moriarty? You work at a movie website and this is probably the biggest movie of the year! Wowie pops you are out of touch. It&#39;s probably the biggest studio movie ever made, ever! Crazy, crazy Moriarty. You&#39;re silly.

  • June 25, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    They shouldn&#39;t get side-tracked trying to...

    by workshed

    ...fit Keith Richards into the 3rd. That would stink for all concerned (especially The Stones&#39; reputation).

  • June 25, 2006, 9:03 p.m. CST

    This sounds like good, clean, unpretentious

    by superninja

    fun. This is the only summer film I&#39;ve even been remotely excited about. It&#39;s good to read Mori giving the guy who did the designs props - you can tell from the trailer that they rock. It is a rare film that can capture my attention based on a trailer. It even has a cliffhanger- awesome! The first film was fun (carried entirely by Depp) but this looks like an improvement.

  • June 25, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!

    by Sam Raimi's Car

    That&#39;s the second biggest monkey head I&#39;ve ever seen.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Didnt anybody else

    by Lovecraftfan

    think the first pirates had a very good screenplay. I did. I guess Im in the minority.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Sure, it had a good screenplay.

    by superninja

    But these days that ain&#39;t sayin&#39; much. To be honest, I haven&#39;t seen it in awhile, but I remember the dialogue being good and the plot being very average.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    superninja

    by Ribbons

    Well, I&#39;m pretty sure the original plot was Jerry Bruckheimer&#39;s idea. Either that or he did a very good job of pretending it was. "A movie about pirates, that&#39;s boring, but a movie about pirates who are also skeletons, that&#39;s fresh!" <-- his words, almost exactly. I hope your eyes are rolling as well.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Pirates and skeleton pirates are cool.

    by superninja

    That is not even a debateable matter. But that&#39;s also not a plot. Oh well, this film looks like it actually has one, plus the snappy dialogue.

  • June 25, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Seriously, whenever I watch the trailer,

    by superninja

    I can&#39;t get over how awesome the pirates designs are. Even the animated films today don&#39;t have designs that snazzy. I mean, look at Cars - what a joke.

  • June 25, 2006, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Pirate Jokes

    by Lamerz

    What did the pirate say to the hot actress? ..... Arrrrr, I must get my hands on that chest!!

  • June 25, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    You are without a doubt the worst pirate I&#39;ve heard of!

    by Zeke25:17

    "But you HAVE heard of me!" Wonder which one of the tag-team writers came up with that; it&#39;s always been a favorite. Good review, Mori: can&#39;t wait to see it; and my only real quibble with Black Pearl was that it ran at least a half hour too long (seriously, it seemed to end at least twice and then just wouldn&#39;t STOP). Between this and Superman, it&#39;s gonna be a great summer at the movies...

  • June 26, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Sooo...

    by Shermdawg

    Were they "Pirate Ghosts" or "Ghost Pirates"?

  • June 26, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    doc strange

    by happygolucky

    Star Wars is not an original. it&#39;s just a riff on the heroes journey, albeit used very well, but not original story telling wise. Lucas did not invent it, he merely used it to his own needs. Elliot and Rossio have both said on their site that the heroes journey is one that they use as well.

  • June 26, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Captain Jack = Han Solo

    by AlwaysThere

    &#39;Nuff said about how this one ends.

  • June 26, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Fuck all you Moriarty naysayers

    by Killah_Mate

    The man is a legend. The one reviewer on this site whom I trust implicitly. I&#39;m so incredibly relieved they didn&#39;t fuck this up... --- Also, wolack22, DAMN that&#39;s a nice picture. After seeing him in Doctor Who, I wouldn&#39;t mind one bit if Eccleston really *were* the Joker. It&#39;s just that Paul Bettany does emaciated so well, and he can sure be bugfuck crazy...

  • June 26, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    At the risk of ruffling feathers...

    by Ribbons

    ...Elliott & Rossio&#39;s resume scares the crap out of me. I get the impression that they&#39;ve "co"-written a lot of movies, and maybe that helps to explain the seesawing quality of the ones they&#39;ve contributed to, because their work seems wildly inconsistent. I have a fair amount of trust in Gore Verbinski&#39;s ability to elevate the material he works on, however, so that&#39;s somewhat comforting at least. I just hope that these two were responsible for a lot of what made &#39;Black Pearl&#39; so likeable, because the other writing team (that will not be back) wrote -- or "co-wrote," possibly -- &#39;Collateral,&#39; which is a movie I have a lot of respect for. Let&#39;s hope this one lives up to the hype.

  • June 26, 2006, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Ribbons

    by Killah_Mate

    The POTC basic concept and characters, and most of the actual screenplay were Elliott & Rossio&#39;s doing, as far as I understand it. The others were brought in mostly to tweak.

  • June 26, 2006, 2:27 a.m. CST

    This will own summer and kick supermans ass

    by RangerLee

    This sounds great.i&#39;m more a superman fan but after what singers done to it this will be getting all my money this summer. as for the native language thing. i just watched the first and when sparrow is talking to the 2 gaurds on the dock just before elizabeth falls into the water he says one line "and then they made me their chief". maybe this is relevant maybe not..lol pirates rule the waves once more..laters

  • June 26, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Moriarty superman review

    by RangerLee

    One more thing..my theory which has been mentioned i think..its negative and they dont want it on here before it comes out.

  • June 26, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    RangerLee

    by Ribbons

    I don&#39;t know if the tribe in &#39;Dead Man&#39;s Chest&#39; is a wink to that line, but thank you for pointing it out to me, because it&#39;s hilarious. Great way to begin a scene, the rambling, ridiculous lecture that sandwiches another scene; that&#39;s a comedic cliche I have a soft spot for.

  • June 26, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    HANS ZIMMER&#39;S SCORES ALL SOUND THE SAME!!!

    by Red Raider

    In any Jerry Bruckheimer production, Han Zimmer&#39;s scores all sound exactly the same! The two films that stand out to me where it was different (and quite good) were The Lion King & Gladiator. I call the effect that Jerry Bruckheimer has on films as "Bruckheimer&#39;s Disease."

  • June 26, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Ted and Terry are good writers...

    by JohnGalt06

    but that doesn&#39;t mean everything they&#39;ve done is great. They actually have their website with all their scripts posted, before they were filmed. (Google it). Reading through the PIRATES one, you realize that the first film&#39;s other 2 writers had very little input. The coolest thing on there is their draft for GODZILLA, which actually has him as the hero fighting another monster. It bears absolutely ZERO resemblance to that piece of crap by Roland Emmerich.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    "So, yeah... I think I sort of loved this movie."

    by ikkyu

    er, wow. sounds awesome.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    hell ya

    by lofe101

    yep did anyone think that this one would not live up to expectation. i think not. and yes it will be the summers biggest blockbuster.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    How accesible if I&#39;ve never seen the first one?

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Would this movie be hard to follow at all if I&#39;ve never seen the first movie? Because I haven&#39;t, but I might want to see this anyway.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST

    I did not really go crazy over Pirates 1....

    by Mr. Profit

    But as soon as I saw the trailer for part 2 my ticket was sold. Not only does it look like a better film. But it also looks like a fun ride. Hopefully it will deliver.

  • June 26, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    According to highly unreliable Wikipedia...

    by JohnGalt06

    On the "Davy Jones" page at Wiki, there is some speculation that Jones has Captain Barbossa as a prisoner. Geoffrey Rush is also listed in the cast for Part 2 on its IMDB page. Could this be one of those "shocks to the system" Mori refers to? I don&#39;t want to know but all I can is that if Barbossa is back and returns as villain for Part 3, THANK YOU JESUS! That would be the most awesome thing ever and it will be absolute torture waiting a whole year to see it!!! I predict riots outside Walt Disney Studios, demanding the immediate release of Part 3 if this is the case. "That&#39;s why I said there would be no sense to be killin&#39; you...yet. Apple?"

  • June 26, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Why "Dead Man&#39;s Chest?"

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Davy Jones Locker would have been a much better subtitle if you ask me. Dead Man&#39;s Chest, despite also being a piratey word, sounds like some perverse sex act.

  • June 26, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Quite excited by this.

    by brycemonkey

    I rewatched POTC a couple of times recently and it can certainly be improved. The plot and pacing in the last 30 mins was all over the place. Ii was good but not great, looking forward to new and improved #2!

  • June 26, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    I haven&#39;t been this excited since Shrek2!

    by amazingegg

    When i watched Pirates of the Carribean 1, i went away thinking it was an &#39;alright&#39; film, but as time went on, i&#39;ve began to realise how much i enjoyed it, and how much i want to watch it again! I really really badly want to watch it! So, if the sequal is as good as Moriarty says it is... jesus how i&#39;ll enjoy it!!!

  • June 26, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The first one is a great movie

    by vwvoyager

    I sat there in the theater after it was over and just said &#39;wow&#39;, I was that impressed. Disney hit the mark with that one, since usually their live action movies suck big time. Can it be improved upon? Hmmm. Did anyone else see the &#39;making of&#39; featurette on HBO or Cinemax? The pirates this time around look to be on the cheesy side. Whether this will be good cheesy or bad cheesy remains to be seen.

  • June 26, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    MartinBlank, that cracked me up...

    by Roguewriter

    Stellan Skarsgaard&#39;s Grim Resignation! I ever start a garage band, that&#39;s gonna be its name... Better&#39;n Keira Knightley&#39;s Jaw, anyway... ;)

  • June 26, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    SUMMON THE KRAKEN!!!

    by JohnGalt06

    Now how many movies do great actors get to say lines like that? That&#39;s up there with Gandalf&#39;s "You shall not pass!"

  • June 26, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Great to hear, I hope it&#39;s really this good.

    by minderbinder

    Supes is getting pretty good reviews, and I&#39;m sure will make plenty of cash. But THIS is the real movie of the summer, maybe of the year. It&#39;s not often that trilogies get pulled off well, but if the sequels are as good (or better!) than the first, this could be a trilogy to rival almost all others. Yes, I&#39;m talking starwars, indy, bttf. Not many trilogies make it all the way through, but this one is off to a great start.

  • June 26, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Re: Star wars is not an original movie

    by I Dunno

    Name one original movie in the last 50 years (and if you say "The Matrix", I WILL find you). There are like 7 basic story concepts and every movie you&#39;ve ever seen belongs to one of those concepts. Lucas will be and probably was the first to tell you that. But the mixture of sci-fi and fantasy was quite original. You can take a movie that tries TOO hard to be different like "Killer Communist Bastard Goat Raping Clowns From Pluto" and it will still fall into one of those basic paradygms.

  • June 26, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Keith Richards

    by DarthFloyd

    I didn&#39;t think Richards would be available for shooting during produciton of 2 and 3 due to being on tour. According to Depp, he based Sparrow&#39;s mannerisms on Richards, so having Richards play his father would make sense.

  • June 26, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    what&#39;s a paradygmie?

    by samsquanch

    A paranormal midget with enhanced satire powers?

  • June 26, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    The characters and concept were in the first draft

    by GuyLombardo

    Which was not written by Rossio and Elliott. I got a few originals from a buddy of mine who did effects on the first movie and this one. Captain Jack (with the best intro in film history), Bootstrap Bill, Will, Elizabeth, The Black Pearl were all created by earlier writers. Rosso and Eliot added the whole curse thing to the film.

  • June 26, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Good: Rave for pirates 2

    by minderbinder

    Better: wet T-shirt pix of Keira. Gotta love the tomboy beanpole. http://tinyurl.com/pnjrj

  • June 26, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Kiera...

    by Lou Stools

    Is just unbelievably hot. Hell, I

  • June 26, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Moriarty&#39;s review of Superman may be not a glowing one

    by Wonderboys

    ...but it cant be totally negative, it would be ridiculous after all the praise the movie has received, specially from this site.... anyway, we all know Moriarty likes to consider himself the "maverick" critic, the inconformist, it well may write down a negative review only to seem "cooler" than other critics...

  • June 26, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST

    *sigh*

    by drew mcweeny

    So no matter what I write, people will read agendas into it. How about this, Wonderboys? I&#39;ll write what I think of it, and then you can micro-analyze every syllable to see if it&#39;s "cool" or not. You give me fucking agitas, dude.

  • June 26, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Ignore the seething fanboy ire, Mori...

    by Roguewriter

    Some people just can&#39;t fucking stand to imagine that anyone else could have a salient, educated opinion that doesn&#39;t perfectly match their own. No wonder the human race is doomed to extinction. We go for one another&#39;s throats over freakin MOVIE REVIEWS, for crissakes -- what hope is there for fundamentalist religious wackos???? You done good, Mori. As always, your review has me champing at the bit to see the picture myself. Keep up the great work.

  • June 26, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST

    What&#39;s "agitas"?

    by Wonderboys

  • June 26, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Eccleston still not cast as The Joker...

    by lynxpro

    No announcement has been made nor has he been "confirmed" on the WB&#39;s list. Although he should be! You&#39;d think after *Doctor Who* airing on SciFi there&#39;d be more buzz for him in the role. To me, he cemented his viability for the role after the "Dalek" episode aired in the UK last year. Nolan and Goyer, are you watching? Despite Katie Holmes, you guys were batting 95% in casting percentages for *Batman Begins*. Now hit it out of the park for the sequel by casting Eccleston for the prized "bit role" of mystery. And so help me Crom, if you two put Talia Al Ghul&#39;s character in the film and don&#39;t cast Monica Bellucci in that role, the vengeful ghost of Wyatt Earp is going to visit you two because there will be cinematic hell to pay! Either that or you&#39;ll be cursed with hearing Kevin Spacey&#39;s "WRRRRRROOOOONG" in the back of your head until the end of time. That would be far worse than when I had the song "Iron Man" stuck in my head for a month.

  • June 26, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    is Keith Richards even up to being in POTC3?

    by lynxpro

    I mean, he fell out of a tree and bashed his head. I&#39;m glad he&#39;s still around, because had that caused him to expire - after all of the various chemicals pumped into his body over the years that never killed him - that would be as ridiculous as Captain Kirk&#39;s cinematic death. But like, for real. Which would totally suck.

  • June 26, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Pirates

    by Ky-El

    Pirates will do quite well critically and financially, but Superman will rule the summer.

  • June 26, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    "paradigms", happy spelling Nazis?

    by I Dunno

    Getting spelling lessons from you people is like getting sex lessons from...you people.

  • June 27, 2006, 12:57 a.m. CST

    POTC3 script leak

    by IMofPOTC

    http://www.jacksparrow.jp/potc3/

  • June 27, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Moriarty touched me in my private area

    by Bob of the Shire

    And I liked it. Read into that assholes.

  • June 27, 2006, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Moriarity Missed A Better Comparison

    by Lloyd Braun

    I just got back from a screening of this film tonight. Out of the six of us, I was the only one of the group that seemed to genuinely like the film. Biggest complaints from my group and the audience were the film is way too long at over 2 hrs and 30 mins and that the film is just too dark and mean spirited. I will agree that the film is very dark and seems to have a bit of a mean streak in it. At times it is even very ugly. Didn&#39;t bother me though. Best way to compare it though would be like comparing BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 to the first BACK TO THE FUTURE. Although you can also see minor comparisons to EMPIRE as well. Whereas in the first PIRATES, the characters bonded together as a team. In this film they are a bit colder, much more ruthless and do not think twice about betraying one another. The film has zero resolution ending on a big cliffhanger and tying up nothing in the story leaving all plot unresolved. I wonder how much of the audience will be pissed off by this not knowing that the third film is coming next summer. A lot of the group predicted that this series could be heading in the direction of the MATRIX trilogy as far as audience reaction goes. Im really interested in hearing more word of mouth over the next 2 weeks.

  • June 27, 2006, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Uh, so what happened at the end of the credits?

    by Monkey Butler

    Of the first pirates? Nobody&#39;s mentioned it yet.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Pirates was a funny movie, and that

    by CuervoJones

    Go on with adventure movies!

  • June 27, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Yes, what did happen at the end of the first credits?

    by Samuel Steamer

    I don&#39;t want to wait until I come home from work.

  • June 27, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Why THIS Mori review might be trustworthy

    by Ringwearer9

    First of all, he doesn&#39;t skirt the issue of whether the movie was fun or not, or whether the characters were fun. He unhesitatingly says that they were. He goes a little too into technical spooging over the special effects (a bad sign if he&#39;s ignoring the story and acting) but in general the review seems sincere, and from the heart, like he actually enjoyed it. And last, his response in the talkback to people reading into his review is puzzled and hurt, not defensive and angry. He isn&#39;t threatening to ban anyone. So I think I might see Pirates of the Caribbean some time.

  • June 27, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    On second thought ...

    by Ringwearer9

    ... that talkback response WAS kinda cranky and defensive and angry. Okay, all bets are off.

  • June 27, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Mori&#39;s Superman Review

    by Gordon Bombay

    Anyone else starting to think something fishy is going on with Mori&#39;s review still not up?

  • June 27, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Maybe Mori disliked SUPERMAN RETURNS even more...

    by JohnGalt06

    than Roger Ebert. It wouldn&#39;t surprise me much. Warner Bros. is going to hurting if Superman tanks, which I doubt it will even if the movie is sub-par. My BO predictions for summer: Superman w/ $250 million; Pirates 2 w/ $350-$400 million

  • June 27, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I am probably the only one here

    by Ingeld

    who thought that the first pirate movie was very good, but it would have been even better without supernatural element. The characters were created so well, that it would have been fine to have a pirate movie that was a little over the top but still a little more connected with the real world, not one dependent on animated skeletons to be interesting. Also, keep the pirate jokes coming. First Pirate: You know the captain has a wooden leg. Second Pirate: Arrrh, that be nothing, I have an aunt with a cedar chest."

  • June 27, 2006, 12:04 p.m. CST

    David Poland&#39;s review is up, another rave.

    by minderbinder

    He loved it, best big movie of the year. Only real complaints that it was a bit too long and confusing, but otherwise was absolutely crazy about it and very excited about part 3. Some people may not like the cliffhanger, but if the movie is the roller coaster ride people are saying it is, that probably won&#39;t matter. I&#39;m dying to see this, sounds like the only real grand slam of the summer.

  • June 27, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Well Moriarty, it just looks bad.

    by Thumper2k1

    You have seen Superman Returns, you have the review, and yet you haven&#39;t posted it. It&#39;s the day before the movie&#39;s release and it&#39;s not up. But POTC2&#39;s review is up 2 weeks in advance. If the review is a negative one, it&#39;s going to make you and AICN look even worse because it looks like you guys are working with WB and trying not to kill the hype. This reviewing pattern seems to be happening more and more on AICN.

  • June 27, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    dialogue

    by MaulRat

    I just hope theres no cringe enducing "heee&#39;s a piiiirate!" crap by knightleys character at the end of this one. Everytime I watch POTC I have to turn it off before she says that at the end so it doesn&#39;t ruin the total enjoyment I had with the film..

  • June 27, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST

    If you own the first PIRATES dvd...

    by JohnGalt06

    and you haven&#39;t bothered to listen to Keira Knightley/Jack Davenport commentary, you really should. They don&#39;t commentate the whole movie, just their scenes but it&#39;s pretty funny stuff. It&#39;s almost like a MST3K commentary at times...

  • June 27, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Another very positive review from Emmanuel Levy.

    by minderbinder

    Not an official review, but he&#39;s extremely positive in his article. Interestingly, he does a direct comparison with Superman, which started out very high in rotten tomatoes and continues to drop. 78% overall, and only 70% in COTC...I wonder if it could even end up rotten in the COTC?

  • June 27, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Just saw it...

    by TELF

    London Screening. It&#39;s a cliche, but if you liked the first one then you will enjoy this. It&#39;s bigger and louder (and narratively a lot messier and less satisfying) than the original. All the strengths and flaws of the first one are kind of magnified too in that it is unfocused and overlong but somehow makes a virtue of that thru pisstake humour and a knowing awareness of its own needless complexity. Bloom and Knightley are still rubbish but have few scenes together and therefore (as everyone else is brilliant)are always at least adjacent to something interesting. The effects are for the most part very well executed. Davey Jones and his gang are amazing. Depp&#39;s lots of fun again. There is a lot of very inventive action with the same animated sensibility of the first, just better achieved for the most part. Like the first one it is a bit long. They always go for a gag at the expense of sustaining any sense of peril or urgency, but the gags are strong so it is hard to care. There are some nice character returns (in particular Davenport kicking sand in Bloom&#39;s weedy face and Crook summing up a rather complex 3-way dispute) and I really liked how gross it was for a Disney film (corpse getting its gooey eye pecked out in the first 5 mins was nice to see) and the originality of the creature designs. So yeah if you can tolerate Bloom and Beanpole, and you liked the first one, then it is a winner.

  • June 27, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I dream&#39;t Johnny Depp went down on my sister. Tis true

    by missmichigan

  • June 27, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    May Baby Jesus bless us, every one.

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    And fuck da hatas.

  • June 28, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Keira Knightley is a true star.....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    I have loved to watch her ever since she did a cheesy Disney thing where she played Robin Hood&#39;s daughter. Back then, I knew she was going to be big. It&#39;s good to be so right. I can&#39;t wait to see this.

  • June 28, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST

    RE: Star Wars Dorks

    by www.valiens.com

    Shut up, I like the analogy. if it works I&#39;ll go, "Oh yeah! Just like Star Wars!" And if it doesn&#39;t I&#39;ll go, "Oh yeah. Just like Star Wars." See the brilliance?

  • June 30, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Help me out here...

    by abcdefz7

    ...I thought that, at the end of POTC, we had established that Captain Black was still under the curse... in effect, he&#39;s still dead, as opposed to Barbossa, who was killed by having the curse lifted from him, then shooting him. If Captain Jack is still running around "dead," what can really threaten him? Or is that part of the plot of this movie?

  • June 30, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    oops

    by abcdefz7

    "Captain Black" should have been "Captain Jack," obviously...

  • July 13, 2006, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Coda after the movie

    by SpideyMan

    Be sure to stay for the coda - the extra ending tacked on after the credits. And in terms of other codas, check out --http://www.hiddenflicks.com/ -- it tracks codas (both new and old) and what trailers are in theaters. Take a look, and contribute!

  • July 13, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    after the end of the credits from the third movie

    by sparrow747

    they show jack the monkey getting out of the water then he takes one of the cursed gold pieces from the chest then he gets into the moonlight and you can see him as a skeleton then he jumps on the camera

  • March 7, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    FIRST

    by THE KNIGHT

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