Sunday, May 27, 2007

Movies - Spider-man 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Thoughts

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Caught the 2 movies, coincidentally both third installments, over the past few weeks. Generally, both were much of a disappointment. They were good, but not what I was expecting.

There is a lot of hype about Spider-man 3, and great reviews and boxoffice sales. But personally, I just did not find it as good as the first and second installments. I was going in to see an action packed movie, but it turned out to be more of a romance drama. Also, I think maybe there were too many characters to focus on, and loose ends to tie up. Packing all these in 2 hours might be a tough job for the director Sam Raimi.

Some camera shots, like zooming into the crowd's facial reaction worked well previously, but somehow in this movie, it got pretty meaningless. The part where Peter turned "bad" was too long. It could have been shorten, and more time devoted to the villians.

The action sequences were so fast, that I could not keep up with what was going on. Also, the computer graphics, except for the Sandman transformation (which was the best part of the movie), were quite rough.

Overall, it is still a good movie to watch, but it does not deliver in terms of action.

I only managed to watch the first part of The Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, when going into the third sequel. It seems that you need to have some background information of Deadman's Chest to understand what was going on in the beginning of World's End.

So I was lost throughout the movie on the exact plot and storyline(s) of the third installment. And the heavily accented dialogue did not help either. I had to read the Chinese subtitles to understand what they actors were talking about.

The special effects (not just the computer generated ones) and set designs, on the other hand, were impressive. The Flying Dutchman and the crew of Davy Jones and Jones himself were good eye candy. The rock crabs were cute.

Chow Yuen Fatt's role was not that strong and impressive as I would have been made to think though.

Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow steals the whole show once again. He is as hilarious as ever.

Overall, this is a good movie to watch, if you have watched the previous 2. Even if you have not, you can still go and watch it. Oh, and it is lasts more than 2hours by the way.

My recommendation if you had to choose between wither one, go for Pirates 3. It was more entertaining and value for your hard earned money.

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