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Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006, 09:13 am

Pirates of the Carribean - Dead Man's Chest is the best movie ever. Punch anyone who says otherwise. followthebird and I saw it last night. Then we simply *had* to have rum afterwards - lots of rum, we drank more than a bottle of Captain Morgan's spiced rum between us. I'm not entirely sure I'm not still drunk.
Funny thing though, when we picked up the first bottle there were three or four left. When we went back for a second one it was the last one there.

Edit: For future reference, I should time ALL my trips to the cinema to coincide with a world cup final and massive music festivals. There wasn't hardly a soul in the place - no arsehole geek on his fifteenth visit mumbling the lines a second before the characters said them, no one singing filks, no one kicking my seat, no tosspot student making lame jokes and cracking wise about how rubbish the movie is, no scumbags chucking crap around the place and letting their phones ring on and on with that f*cking "AM I BOVVERED?" ringtone and no nerds explaining the technical inaccuracies of the ships. Paradise.
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Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I reckon it stands a real chance of being the Star Wars for our generation - that movie thats so much fun you're still watching on a regular basis twenty years from now. The matrix could have been it but they screwed it up. LotR is.. well.. LotR - good but heavy going. Pirates though - I haven't had that much fun at a movie in years.

Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Also - Arr.... urrrr.. bad rum.. no cookie
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Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
iresprite

Yeah, valancy_s mentioned that Dead Man's Chest had been compared to Empire Strikes Back (well, the ending at least).

It follows a similar pattern in that the first Star Wars movie and the Curse of the Black Pearl could both be stand alone movies. The second one pul;ls up the unresolved threads and weaves them into a larger tapestry, requiring another movie to complete the cycle. It's cool that way.

And you're totally right. The Matrix COULD have done it, but they messed up. Well, they also stole the script from a woman and didn't know what to do once they'd used all the good material.

Thu, Jul. 13th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Pretty much exactly what I (and apparantly half the planet from the look of it) was thinking. The characters have strong parallels too though, you've got the scoundrel and his faithful pal. The pair of goons are C3PO and R2D2 - tall and skinny, short and fat, one has delusions of grandeur while the other is crafty and practical. The noble peasant farm... blacksmith and the feisty noblewoman (I'll not say anything about the villains to stay too far out of spoiler territory) Nothing wrong with that though, they're classic archetypes that are proven to work very well.

As for the Matrix... I reckon the material for the second and third were fine on a basic level, they just did TOO much with it. The first was dead simple and that was fine. The second and third were too complex, they did a bad job of explaining it and left holes all over the place as a result. If they'd kept the same design principles in place for the second and third then they could have been simply amazing but like many nerds they fell into the trap of thinking their stuff was so well done that anyone could understand the sixteen plotlines, betrayals and character relationships straight in their heads.

Wed, Jul. 12th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
followthebird: Luke

Poor Will....sigh. Does that make Elizabeth's father Dark Vader?

Wed, Jul. 12th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: Luke

Nah, he's much too cuddley, though I don't rate his chances of surviving the trilogy.

Thu, Jul. 13th, 2006 10:14 am (UTC)
mytholder

As mulcabu said last night - kraken, carbonite, same thing.

Thu, Jul. 13th, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I feel that were I given the choice I would see a significant difference and take the option that didn't involve me being turned into poo but I see your point.