“On Stranger Tides”
Fun, campy, expectant. For ten bucks you get to see Penelope Cruz running around in pirate outfits – which is a deal ALL BY ITSELF. Throw in the sets , the scenery, the costumes, the actors and *Wham-Kbam* . . . . you’ve got a bargain.
Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is exactly what you’ve come to expect, which is enough to make you not care that you’re perpetuating a franchise. Older kids can enjoy this, it is not too suggestive or violent (although today’s kids are growing up with a serious handicap of non-preparedness for a rough world).
Movie Rating: 3.5 Stars (out of five)
Rating Justification: They didn’t screw it up. It was exactly what you expected, which was great. If they would have been a bit more creative with the mermaids, I’d have easily given it four stars. Anyone who writes a bad review of this movie suffers from a bad case of divergence. Seriously, you know what it is going in. It is done well, the cast is great. If you’re griping then you’re lame. If you’re picking it apart, then you’re just sad.
Theater Review: AMC Studio 30
A Saturday Night Showing (7:40pm). Parking Lot was MAD PACKED. Evocative of Arrowhead in the Derrick Thomas – Neil Smith Heyday. Sadly no bar-b-que. I park on the north forty and jogged a quarter of a mile to get to the theatre.
Seats: “A” for Comfy
Popcorn: “C” for expensive, salty, butter-flavored cardboard.
Crowd: “A” well behaved, no one kicking the seat. No talkers. No milk duds hitting the screen.
Special Note: Stay after the credits and you get an extra scene of Penelope Cruz on the deserted island.