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Pirates mini-review

Curse of the Black Pearl : Dead Man's Chest :: The Matrix : The Matrix Revolutions

To the left of the single colon, we have a tightly scripted movie with a a few characters who get well-defined through their actions pursuing a plot based on a simple premise that can be explained in a relatively small bit of exposition. The story follows the classic arc of, y'know, beginning, middle, end. The characters are drawn in broad enough strokes, and the world is cartoony enough, that we just don't sweat the details.

To the right, we have a movie that attempts to introduce about (I think this isn't an exaggeration) 15 characters, and give each of them some screen time, pursuing a plot with twists and turns, introducing new pieces of lore and tradition that constantly need on-screen explanation.

Also, can you spot where Dead Man's Chest was very reminiscent of each of the following movies? (I hesitate to say "ripped off," since there are no new ideas left in the world...) Some of these are kind of a stretch, but somehow my brain made the connection anyway.

Time Bandits
Dune
Highlander
Supercop
Master and Commander (in no way whatsoever, unfortunately)
Return of the Jedi

Umm... I'm sure I thought of more while watching the movie, but they're just not coming to mind now. Oh well.

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remcat
Aug. 4th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Ok, I missed it ... and I'm a HUGE LoTR fan. Spill? (I definitely don't want to have to watch "Chest" again.)
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crs
Aug. 4th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, you just pegged the visual that reminded me of Highlander.

Oops :)
remcat
Aug. 4th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember that now! Didn't scream "LotR" to me, but I can see the analogy.
baronet
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Characters
I was actually impressed with Pirates 2 for the number of characters that they reused. I count 4 major new characters, The Official, his hatchetman, the father, and Davy Jones. I'm not counting the voodoo priestess. Maybe I should count her and the hatchetman both as 1/2 since they are minor characters.

How do you get to 15 new major characters?
crs
Aug. 4th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Characters
They put a bunch of extremely minor characters from the first (the big crowd-pleasers, really) in bigger roles in this one... Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (or whatever the two ex-undead pirates' names are). Jack's right hand man, the ... first mate? ... of the Black Pearl. The dog. The official, the hatchetman, the father, Davey Jones... the voodoo priestess was when I really noticed the "lots of new stuff" feeling, though. She's not minor, she was a big plot point.

It was kinda like the new character in Serenity... it felt like the writers said "hm, we have more exposition we need done... who can do it? I know, a {superhacker,voodoo priestess}" who can tell the heroes exactly what they need to know when they need to know it!

So really, two categories of nits for me to pick - the fan service crowd pleasers, and the new characters who introduce new rulesets and mechanics to the universe just in time for them to solve exactly the problems our heroes face.
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