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Vulcan Stev’s DVD review… Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp …  Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush …  Barbossa
Orlando Bloom …  Will Turner
Keira Knightley …  Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport …  Norrington
Jonathan Pryce …  Governor Weatherby Swann

Synopsis from IMDb: This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will’s life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT#2, PIT#3

VS – 1.9 pointed ears
Considering that this movie is based off a popular Disney ride, Jerry Bruckheimer pulled it off.  Gore Verbinski did a marvelous job of directing considering all the SFX.  The cast was inspired.  This motion picture is in the grand tradition of Hollywood swashbuckling classics.  If I was reviewing this after having seen it in the theaters, it would’ve garnered a full two ears.  Only after repeated viewings have I begun to notice things that no longer make sense.  At the beginning when the Pirates attack Port Royale before we know that the pirates are indeed cursed, Will ‘kills’ one with an axe.  The cursed pirates supposedly cannot feel anything yet Pintel and Ragetti yowl in pain when doused with hot coals.  Barbossa claims to feel the warmth from Elizabeth’s dress.  The entire crew react with shock when Elizabeth feigns dropping the gold piece overboard, despite the fact that being cursed they suffer no effects of being underwater.

The Sixth Sense did a much better job of hiding the plot twist and did so in such a way that the second and subsequent viewings that movie did not contradict itself.  Mind you PotC:TCotBP merits multiple viewings and is a very watchable movie.  My only complaint are the minor internal discrepancies.

Mrs VS – 1.5 pointed ears
Not a bad movie.  I wouldn’t watch this on my own.  The pirate skeletons are a little disgusting.

PIT #1  – 2 pointed ears
Elizabeth is the kind of girl I want to be, she kicks butt and isn’t a ‘girly’ girl by any definition of the word.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
Good piratey action.  Dad has purchased some ‘classic’ pirate movies.  This takes the cliches and turns them for a modern audience.

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
Pirates rock.  I really love pirates.  Daddy can I give it more than two pointed ears?  Did I mention that Pirates rule?  Daddy likes Star Trek, I like Pirates more.

9.4 pointed ears out of 10

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vulcan Stev’s Month-Late Movie Review…. “Bedtime Stories”

Adam Sandler …  Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell …  Jill
Guy Pearce …  Kendall
Russell Brand …  Mickey
Richard Griffiths …  Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer …  Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless …  Aspen
Courteney Cox …  Wendy

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

Plot Synopsis from IMDb: Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce) who raises his son and daughter on his own has to sell his homey motel to clever Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) who promises to make Marty’s son manager, when he’s grown up and has proven himself. Nottingham pulls down the motel to raise a pricey hotel. Although grown up, Marty’s son Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) works as a janitor and general servant, but unlikely as it seems, he still dreams of becoming the manager. When Nottingham announces a brand-new gigantic hotel project, he makes his future son-in-law, base Kendall (Guy Pierce), manager, shattering Skeeter’s dream. At the same time Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) has to leave town for a job interview and asks him to alternate looking after her two children Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) with Wendy’s responsible-minded colleague Jill (Keri Russell). He doesn’t get along with either Jill or the children, but his easy-goingness loosens them all up and once he starts telling his bedtime stories, the children grow fond of him and begin to bring in their ideas about how the stories should go. When the stories turn out to become true in real life, Skeeter tries to maneuver the stories into a direction which will make his dream come true, too.

VS: 1.9 pointed ears
Normally, I don’t care much for Adam Sandler.  He usually is not my cup of tea.  However Mrs. VS was looking for a bright spot in her day and wanted to go see a family comedy.  Our choices this week were “Bedtime Stories” and “Marley & Me”.  Dog movie, Adam Sandler, Dog movie, Adam Sandler at least the promos for Bedtime Stories looked better.  The first portion of the movie didn’t do much to dispel my doubts about Adam Sandler flicks.  It laboriously introduced the characters and seemed to me at least to drag on much to long.

However once the bedtime stories began, the movie began to take off.  Mr Sandler proved he can get laughs without resorting to his normal “R” rated shticks.  The kids were absolutely believable.  There were places where the entire theater laughed out loud.  I would’ve given this film 2 ears if not for the slow start.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
I haven’t had much opportunity to laugh recently.  This was a very nice diversion and I enjoyed it immensely.  It is a very family friendly film.

PIT #1: 2 pointed ears
Poetic Justice.  Kids need to be kids.  The scene with the health food was hilarious.  I am not a slavish Adam Sandler fan.  He did a good job in this flick.

PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
It’s not Adam Sandler’s usual work.  The movie was still hilarious.

PIT #3: 2 pointed ears
It was so cool that a penny postponed the kissing.  This movie was full of funny moments

Overall rating: 9.9 pointed ears out of 10
A family friendly film worth the price of admission, buyable if you have kids, definitely a rentable flick

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments