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On Stranger Tides [Sep. 2nd, 2018|09:02 am]
Tony Grist
On Stranger Tides was insanely expensive and very lucrative (Wikipedia says it's one of only two films to have grossed over a billion) but it's also rather dull- a blurry carbon copy of the original trilogy- less inventive, less exciting, not very funny. Ian McShane's turn as Blackbeard is the best thing in it, rising above the frenzy of eye-rolling and yo-ho-hoing by the simple expedient of playing it quiet and still.

I haven't seen the fifth film but I love pirates so I'll probably watch it when it comes on TV. It's unlikely to be worse.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-09-02 02:22 pm (UTC)
I love these films.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-02 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I love the first three. I think the drop in quality between three and four has a lot to do with Gore Verbinski jumping ship.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2018-09-02 02:59 pm (UTC)
I loved the first movie, but I've been increasingly disappointed by each successive film. They've each had their moments, but I felt those were overwhelmed by the bigger-louder-zanier elements. The first movie was wonderful because it was clever, full of heart, and unpretentious. I tried to watch the most recent one, but turned it off halfway through. Which made me sad.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-02 03:17 pm (UTC)
I was happy with the first three. I love Bill Nighy's Davy Jones and Naomie Harris's Calypso.
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[User Picture]From: qos
2018-09-02 03:52 pm (UTC)
They are two of the bright spots.
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