Monday, July 17, 2006
The follow up to The Black Pearl staring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightly and Bill Nighy as Davey Jones. It is set a couple of years after the first film and is very in keeping with humour, action and adventure. Jack Sparrow is trying to find the key (and then the chest itself) that opens the chest of Davey Jones. Legend has it that he ripped out his still beating heart and sealed it away (something to do with a woman that isn't fully explained). If you destroy the heart, you destroy him. Will and Elizabeth are being held prisoner for helping Jack and to win their freedom Will is charged with bringing back Jack's compass (used in the first film) that points to what you most desire. All manner of double dealings and sword fights ensue as the 3 of them come together once more. Not as good as the first one, but definately worth seeing. The effects are fantastic and the great one liners flow thick and fast. Elizabeth isn't in it as much as I would have liked as she has a very strong character and the length (2.5 hours) is felt near the end. It ends on a cliff hanger to ensue you go and see the third installment next year...
This one gets * * * too!
The latest film from Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. This is a romantic drama, light on the comedy. The idea is that the two main characters have lived in the same house 2 years apart. Something happens and they are able to write letters to each other using the "magic mailbox" in front of the house. Sandra is fairly isolated and Keanu has issues with his father so having someone to write to gives them the closeness they are both looking for. Really well acted and some lovely scenes. Moving in places without being too corny. The only down side is that you need to not question the whole letter box part. The movie offers no explanations which is good as I don't think they could come up with something believable and letting it go lets you gloss over it whilst watching it.
I would give it * * *