Well I’ve already seen the sequels Shrek 3 and Spidey 3. I liked Spider-Man but thought Shrek was lacking. In the last few days I’ve seen both Pirates 3 and Oceans 13. Here’s what I thought:
Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End
The usual cast of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley are back. They’re joined by Chow Yun Fat and Geoffrey Rush along with a few new pirate captains as the trilogy wraps up at the end of the world. Although the movie has some convoluted plot lines, the basic story centers around the search for Captain Jack Sparrow who as you’ll remember went on a one way trip to Davy Jones’ locker at the end of part 2. The pirate lords must unite to release the spirit of Calypso, so that the pirates can retake control of the seas from the British under Lord Becket who has the sinister Davy Jones working for him. Sound confusing? It’s not too bad. Add to the mix that Will Turner is still trying to free his dad from an eternity of servitude aboard the Flying Dutchman, the unresolved sexual tension between Will and Elizabeth, Admiral Norrington’s ethical struggles, the English Armada’s rule of the seas, the fact that Davy Jones’ heart is still in that chest, and the curious appearance of a peanut and you’ve got a story on your hands.
The scenery is what I went for though. The fighting is great, the costumes superb, the ships magnificent and the action fast and furious. There are a couple of truly incredible scenes as well. A midnight sail under an incredibly starry sky is particularly breathtaking, and some iceberg and desert shots are pretty impressive. I liked the film!
I really enjoyed Oceans 11. I thought 12 was lame – mostly for how they decided to use Julia Roberts as herself but not – and over the top ridiculous. Everything that made the original remake fun is back in the third installment. Al Pacino is Willy Banks, the man who screwed Reuben, and a guy you love to hate. Yes they built up a scum bucket for everyone in the audience to root against, but hey, that’s why we can feel so good about this baker’s dozen of illegal individuals breaking the sacred 8th commandment.
The original cast is back, and Andy Garcia makes up the 13th, trying to get a piece of Willy’s pie. Willy has pooched Reuben out of a new casino deal, and Rusty and Danny aren’t going to stand for it. Their job is simply to fix roullette, black jack and slots, run the high rollers out of town, manufacture an earthquake, give the new casino a terrible review and steal $250 million dollars worth of diamonds all on The Bank’s opening night.
There are so many homages paid and inside jokes that it almost got tiring. But I was in the perfect mood for this movie I guess. I found myself laughing the whole way through. At first I was frustrated that they knew how they were going to pull off the heist but were only slowly letting the audience in on it, but I got over that too and just hung on for the ride. It’s funny how you know how things are going to end, but still want to see how they got there. I’ll go and see this one again.