Pirate Ultimate Fan Night

by alphamonkey on March 19, 2007 · 7 comments

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Pirates of the Caribbean fans got dressed up and got together Sunday night in Kansas City, and several other cities across the country, to celebrate their fan favorite series, watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and be the first to view the trailer for the third and final installment Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (see, even die-hard fans admit Dead Man’s Chest is better off buried and forgotten) where Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (the beautiful and talented Academy Award nominee Kiera Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush, did he ever get an award? eh, he’s not as cute as Keira!) quest to rescue Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).  The rest of us had to wait until tonight when it premiered during Dancing with the Stars (I’d sure rather dress up as a pirate than have to watch that!).  Here’s a pic of some of the fun.  Arrgghhh!

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  • http://www.myspace.com/yourgoodtwin Your Good Twin

    Screw you.  Dead Man’s Chest is a hilariously fun romp.  I can’t fathom how some people can dislike that movie so feverishly.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Cause I liked it more the first time when it was called Empire Strikes Back/Raiders of the Lost Ark/Matrix Reloaded.

    Most importantly however, I hated how they changed Sparrow from a coward masking a great pirate to a great pirate masking a coward.

  • http://www.myspace.com/yourgoodtwin Your Good Twin

    I guess I missed where any of these movies had anything in common.  Except that Harrison Ford is in half of them.

    And anyway, I ALWAYS saw Sparrow as a coward.  Well, no, not a coward, just… a pirate.  I mean come on, everytime they are surprised he doesn’t something totally assholish, he’s got his catchphrase.  “Hello?  Pirate?” He’s self-absorbed on all levels.

    But anyway, maybe if you didn’t see it as changing the character and more as the character changing, it might sit with you better.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Actually, that would piss me off more.  There’s no need for Sparrow to devolve. 

    Honestly though, not halfway through Dead Man’s Chest I turned to the missus and said ‘If this ends like Matrix Reloaded, I’m going to be pissed’.  And sure enough, it did just that. 

    It just seemed like a monumental amount of filler topped off with really telegraphed plot lines.  It wouldn’t have disappointed me so much if the first one hadn’t been such a pleasant surprise.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/razorfine_review Thundarr (Alan Rapp)

    I agree, if you don’t think Dead Man’s Chest “borrows” liberally from Matrix Reloaded you aren’t paying very much attention.  And it wasn’t like Reloaded was a great film deserving of such an “honor” to begin with.  Sure it’s an okay flick, but I don’t need to see somebody else make using many of the same beats and plot points.

    By the by, did anyone notice in the new trailer that when the first pan to Cap’n Jack he’s “trapped” in a space he can’t get out of and the camera angle with the flash of the white beaches reminds me of The Matrix Revolutions with Neo in the white subway station to nowhere.  Wow, ripping of Matrix Revolutions is a new low, even for Hollywood.  I mean really, who would want to do that?  It’s like purposely ripping of Superman III!  And nobody wants that.

  • daemoneyes

    I agree with AM on this one.  I went into the first one holding my breath, but it was recommended to me by a trusted friend, and it was actually good.  The introduction of Sparrow’s character was the best I’ve seen in a while.  Only thing Dead Man’s Chest had going for it was getting to see Kiera Knightley again.

  • http://www.myspace.com/yourgoodtwin Your Good Twin

    Wow, I didn’t keep up.  I hadn’t realized more was said.  I seriously think you guys are just imagining things.

    Who is Neo in DMC?  Who is the character that became a bad ass at the end of CotBP that has to fight for everyone in DMC?

    Who is Agent Smith?  Who is the enemy that was supposedly killed in CotBP that they have to deal with again through DMC?  (and don’t EVEN say Barbosa since he doesn’t show up til the end and obviously comes back as an ally)

    Does Elizabeth make a sacrifice that she is fated to make from the beginning of DMC?  In fact, where is the correlated love story between Trinity and Neo?  DMC’s Elizabeth is finding out she may be attracted to Sparrow.  It’s a conflicted love completely unlike Neo and Trinity’s complete devotion.

    Where is the imminent overwhelming threat facing everyone that was the sentinel attack?

    You’re really going to have to point out to me the similarities because they aren’t as “bonk you on the head” as you seem to think.  alpha, the endings you consider so similar are completely befuddling me.  I see no relation AT ALL except that it is a cliffhanger.

    To me, this is that kind of coincidence drawing that can be done with just about any work of fiction.  Especially any trilogy.  People got the Matrix in their heads because of Pirates sequels filming back to back and it was all too easy to try to draw some lines.  Afterall, you’re saying these movies aren’t rip offs of the Lord of the Rings?

    I’m starting to believe there are some people that just don’t like a trilogy that flows across three movies.  Maybe you can’t stand cliffhanger endings?  How in the world do you get by watching season finales of TV shows?

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