Friday, July 7


I had a moment of dashed hopes this morning. One of my favorite magazines, Entertainment Weekly, had posted its review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and it was not complimentary. I make it a rule to not read the reviews of a movie until after I've seen it, but as I'm super excited about this one, I decided to bend the rule just this once. The reviewer, Lisa Schwarzbaum, was not kind, and within the first couple paragraphs, I knew that she had greatly disliked this particular film. But then part of her lead argument caught my attention enough to read through it again: she started off by commenting on how much she reviled the first Pirates movie, Curse of the Black Pearl. That, right there, instantly sunk her credibility as a movie reviewer for me. How can one have not loved the first Pirates movie? It captured everything that a good summer movie should have: one of the best lead character entrances ever; a couple good love stories (Will and Elizabeth, and Jack and the Pearl); clever dialog ("Not without my affects!"); and good action. That this particular reviewer gave the first movie a bad score, made her immediately "a person of obviously opposite interests."
I, for one, can not wait to see this movie. I'm hoping that Brian and I can catch it tomorrow, but if not, definitely on Sunday. There is no way that I'm going through my weekend without having seen this movie! Yay Jack!


Susan S. said...

The EW reviewer sounds like the exception... one of the big newspapers, can't remember if it is Boston Herald or the Globe, said that this is one of those rare instances where the sequel outshines the first movie! Can't remember when I last saw a movie in the theater, so I may have to wait for video on this one... Enjoy!

2 Dollar Productions said...

I would agree with you as the first one was a complete surprise to me, but surprisingly good.

The second one is more of the same and the best summer popcorn movie I've seen so far, although it has no business being 2 1/2 hours long.