You think Terminator 3 was excellent? Naw, it was just good. Okay, quite good. But it wasn’t excellent. You thought it was excellent because everything else that has come out recently has been such dreck. But you’re in luck, because there is a wonderfully stupendousely excellent movie out right now. Which one? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Truly excellent. Sadly, the preview for Haunted Mansion, while intriguing in that it shows Disney is taking their Imagineering-movie crossovers to new levels (Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, anyone?) looks far less excellent. More like bad.
Here’s what my favorite geeky critic, MaryAnn Johanson, has to say about Pirates:
Forget that this is based on a ride at Disney World, and a pretty sorry one, at that — know that it’s a wonderfully exhausting, refreshingly unironic, delightfully old-fashioned swashbuckler. And it’s funny as hell, the funniest movie so far this year. And it’s scary, and exciting, and prankish, with a seemingly never-ending capacity to surprise. It may even be — much as it pains me to have to admit this about a Jerry Bruckheimer production — the hands-down best flat-out, full-blooded, guns-ablazin’ adventure movie to come out of Hollywood since… since… since, she sputtered, grasping for a comparison to do the film justice… since Raiders of the Lost Ark.
I would recommend seeing it now, in a crowded theater. While I generally like seeing movies a week after they’re released, in the afternoon, in a fairly empty theater, I feel that the wonderful comedy of this movie would have been better served if I had had a couple hundred other people to laugh along with me. So don’t wait for the DVD or the cheap theaters, go see this movie now. It really, truly, rocks. Johnny Depp is insanely brilliant (brilliantly insane?), Orlando Bloom is quite a swordsman, and Keira Knightley is a beautiful pleasure.