Sunday, 23 January 2011

20 for 2011: 6 - Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Sailing into number 6 on the countdown is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Proving I'm as vacuous and empty-headed as most movie goers, like a pre-programmed automaton I will flock to see the fourth peaen to commercialism that is the Pirates series of films. It's hard to imagine any of these years crop of releases claiming the box office crown of 2011, only the new Transformers film has any remote chance (Pixar have only a sequel to a middling performer, the coic book releases are minor characters and Potter and Twilight never seem to be able to make that final leap to the top).

That won't be the only reason to watch, from the trailer there looks to be a scenery chewing competition between Rush and Ian McShane as Blackbeard, not to mention Johnny Depp coming back to do a caricature of his previous performances of Jack Sparrow. It'll be interesting to see if Rob Marshall can carry off action scenes with the same talent he displays with his musicals (all cuts and close-ups, with most of it happening in the characters heads).

I expect my comments come across as cynical, given my thoughts why would this juggernaut appear so high on the countdown? Does the relentless selling of the movie compensate for my fear of it's history? Apparantly so. And to be honest I'll probably leave my brain at the door and just have bit of fun watching it.


Alex in Movieland said...

not crazy about the trailer and I have a feeling this might turn to be a bit of a flop (quality-wise). but anyway: whatever happens we've seen far worse sequels. and Penelope is a nice touch.

Runs Like A Gay said...

I really can't defend why this is here as I don't think it will be in any way good, but I'd be a liar if I denied I want to see it.