I's not be knowin' thar be 'nother Piratey film on the way whens I sets sail fer th'latest installment.
So I was kind of shocked when it ended and there was no closure. Yes, indeed, I have been living under a rock - how'd you know? I didn't watch any of the trailers, didn't read any of the articles - I came into the viewing experience a virgin (and left a virgin too, funnily enough.)
Still, apart from being taken aback by this, I really enjoyed the film. I thought Orlando Bloom was good (shock! horror!), I thought Johnny Depp was brilliant as usual. Jack Davenport as Norrington rocked. Keira Knightley sort of annoyed me, and I wasn't sure if it was her character or her hard-jawed pout. I suspect it was a bit of both.
Bill Nighy is absolutely made of awesome. I swear, if I don't get State of Play next weekend, someone is going to die. It might be me. It might be you. I'm not sure who, but someone will be a-payin' the price. I kind of squealed when Geoffrey Rush appeared on screen. Because it's Geoffrey and he is also made of awesome. And the thought of the two of them, made of awesome, together? A triad of awesome.
Sidenote: Bill Nighy's portrayal of Davy Jones was so TOTALLY based on Mackay from Porridge. It has to be. Just sayin'. I also loved how you could still tell it was Nighy. Because, as previously mentioned, he is made of... oh, you get it.
The dialogue was amusing, though it relied a little too much on rum jokes. Why do my favourite things insist on rehashing successful jokes? Make up some new jokes - just a thought. I liked some of the depth, though, between accepted roles and the father-son relationship. Plus, it was silly and fun, and I like those things. The plot was pretty much the same. It relied a little too much on something which had already previously worked and didn't expand into new realms as much as I would have hoped.
Action scenes were sort of gruesome, and very cool to look at. Same with the special effects, really. Camerawork was interesting but not jarring. The production values of the film were consistently high. It was a light-hearted action romp, done with enough tongue-in-cheek humour to sustain the interest and work well on screen.
I'm looking forward to the third one. Especially since I previously had no idea it was a done deal. Hah!