“I’ve got fingers to point and names to name,” is only one of Jack Sparrow’s witty lines during the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie – which I finally got to see last night.
But before I get into the “review of my experience” (because movies are always a personal experience), I just want to say that no, I do not have a shrine in a corner of my house in honour of Johnny (I can call him Johnny at this point, right?).
With that said . . .
Along with Johhny Depp, the story is told by a full cast of celebrated actors, including Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally and Penelope Cruz. Even Keith Richards makes a brief, yet pertinent appearance – saving Jack’s life and revealing what he needs for his quest.
Everything about the movie, from the clever dialogue, to the choreography of grace demonstrated through sword fights and strategic escapes, authentically chic costumes and multi-dimensional characters – where the good are also selfish and cunning and the evil have an uncanny and admirable understanding of human behaviour – the plethora of over-dramatized characterization . . . ALL great entertainment.
And I got to experience it through the enchanting technology of 3D. I always forget how much better movies are in 3D. The only time I was pulled out of the world of pirates and their adventure was when I glanced over at Greg – forgetting that we were wearing the fashion-statement glasses – and was taken aback by his, um, nerdiness. (I guess this is as good a time as any to admit that it’s not a good look for him.)
Was there anything about the movie that I didn’t like?
Hmmmmmmm. Well I do remember thinking at the beginning of the movie that all of the men (even my favourite pirate) were a little . . . feminine in their movements. But that only lasted a few minutes before I got mesmerized into the world of Jack Sparrow.
As well, one scene in particular that included the backwards climb up a palm tree was over the top in unrealistic feats (even for Jack). But then again fatally beautiful mermaids don’t exist either. Only enchantingly beautiful ones.
As a character actor, I think Johnny Depp does an incredible job with Jack Sparrow. Creating a contemporary classic with the same memorable brilliance as Ebenezer Scrooge. Only different, of course.
The next movie on my list of must-sees? Bridesmaids!