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Monday, May 28, 2007

Are you Ready, Kids? I Can't Hear You!

Watched "Pirates 3" with my bro yesterday after attending a mass at the Malate Church. I was supposed to sail with Gelo for a practice yacht race in Manila Bay but we received words the day before that there's an engine failure on the boat we'll gonna use so it din't push through. I'm still curious with the adventure of actually manning a sailboat so yeah, I'm still looking forward to that "next time".

Before hitting the cinemas of Rob Malate, we chilled at Tita Nine's again. Same thing after we finished watching the movie. Palipas oras lang to catch up with Pinoy Big Bro. Have to remind myself to look for Kian's Persian Grill here in Makati so Pinsan Idol and I could try out their cuisine some time. Nakaka-bwisit lang. I was digging for the exact address of the establishment on the net in vain! The websites kept on describing the resto and what it offers but kept on either giving vague locations (Makati lang ang nakalagay!! Kamusta, bayan? Anlaki ng Makati!) OR telling that it's somewhere in Paseo Center, Salcedo Street. Huh?? Kelan pa napunta ang Paseo Center sa Salcedo Street?? That was like on two different villages of Makati Business District! Arayko! Magpa-plugging lang sablay pa.

I was under the notion that it was supposed to be Salcedo Village since Paseo Center (just a couple of backflips from our office) is actually in Salcedo Village OR that it was supposed to be Sedeno Street - the actual street where Paseo Center is located. Well, I guess I have to found out myself.


Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

The third installment to the tale of the swashbuckling corsair, Jack Sparrow, followed the story of Lord Cuttler Beckett's quest to purge all pirates and establish ultimate rule over the seas. With it, he has control over the heart of Davy Jones (from Part 2) which in turn gave him leverage to command his dreaded Flying Dutchman in a whim. Beckett's success was imminent (and so is the pirates' end) so the only solution left was to convene the Pirate Lords around the world and propose a joint attack against the formidable British fleet.

On this line, it became apparent that they will be needing help from the infamous Captain Sparrow so with unlikely aid from the Singaporean Pirate Lord Sao Feng, the former crew of the Black Pearl journeyed to the World's Edge to bring him back to life. The voyage was a success and along with it, they sailed back to the "real world" with Jack and the Black Pearl, itself. Insidious pacts and trades led to the unexpected rise of Elizabeth Swann as captain of the Singaporean fleet. She spearheaded the notion of a combined attack against Lord Beckett's fleet during the convocation of the Pirate Lords, where she was declared Pirate KING (yes, it was explicitly told she was a KING).

In the end, it was a standoff against the British Fleet plus the Flying Dutchman versus the allied pirate fleet. The Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl sailed ahead of their armadas for the greatest naval mano a mano I've ever seen on a movie! The battle ended with Captain Sparrow opting to have Legolas destroy the heart of Davy Jones (killing Squidhead on the process) in order to protract his existence. However, this meant that Legolas (actually, Will Turner) will have to be the new Davy Jones and captain the Flying Dutchman. With it, the Dutchman and the Black Pearl annihilated the Endeavour - Lord Beckett's flagship.

Lord Beckett's death is the cheesiest naval death I've ever seen, on the other hand. Hahaha.

Let's not talk about CG's, special effects, props, costumes, and the whole production itself. They're all "WOW" *put lots of exclamation marks here* for the lack of words to describe it! I was pointing at the Kraken's tentacles to my bro telling him they (effects crew) thought of making it consistently float on the beach and put much details on the suction tubes even when the monster's scene on the film lasted what... 30 seconds?!? That's how they worked with the rest of the details and the effects were getting more and more awesome since the first Pirates film.

It's a very suitable ending for the "prologue movie" which is Pirates 2. I've immediately watched Pirates 1 as soon as I had the chance after I arrived from Sydney last year and I stand in my opinion that Pirates 2's storyline is nothing but a preparatory film for this sequel. Nothing interestingly more. Pirates 3 is as winding and long as Pirates 2 but "At World's End" is fast paced and easier to keep up with, at least. Ok, it still has those confusing sub-storylines: Calypso, Nine Pieces of Eight, Davy Jones's Love Story, the Pirate Lords. But, these has been inserted to the plot in a way that they din't become vague enough to follow unlike those introduced in Pirates 2 which were mostly just "pushed it" too much... to make the movie long(?) or look adventurous(?), who knows?

Johnny Depp's witty antics are still a hit but this time, I have to admit that he din't single-handedly carry the film. The story was guile enough to highlight the need of the other roles to shine on the film: Elizabeth Swann and her rise to power, Will Turner and his quest to save his father, Davy Jones and his unsettled business with Calypso, even Lord Beckett has his own shot to stardom as the ultimate antagonist. The plot this time din't revolve mainly on Captain Sparrow but it was participated evenly by the major characters. This, I dig since the stars selected for the major roles were worth the exposure anyway. I find Chow Yun-Fat a little lacking though but I have this feeling that I might have just thought of that because I was used to see him in kung-fu moves and stunts that din't require him to actually "act" that much. Haha.

This movie like Pirates 2 is still not recommended to be watched if you haven't seen the prequels. It was chock-full of its own mythology that it will make you just keep on bugging your seatmate for info (and prolly annoy him/her in the process). Just think of it as this: it's not your typical sit-back-enjoy-the-adventure flicks we commonly see on the likes of Waterworld or The Island. Plot lines here are branching (if not just "popping" out of something) everywhere and it's up to the moviegoers to have a grasp of these and establish a coherent path to understand everything. Ang saya noh?

Six out of ten gulaman.

2 Comments:

Blogger Katia said...

Hey! Wala bang review ng Shrek 3? NYahaha not really a Pirates fan eh. :)

5/29/2007 4:18 PM  
Blogger Lene said...

Obi, make it 9! =p I'm beginning to fall in love with Jack Sparrow! ha ha

6/04/2007 1:33 PM  

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Are you Ready, Kids? I Can't Hear You!

Watched "Pirates 3" with my bro yesterday after attending a mass at the Malate Church. I was supposed to sail with Gelo for a practice yacht race in Manila Bay but we received words the day before that there's an engine failure on the boat we'll gonna use so it din't push through. I'm still curious with the adventure of actually manning a sailboat so yeah, I'm still looking forward to that "next time".

Before hitting the cinemas of Rob Malate, we chilled at Tita Nine's again. Same thing after we finished watching the movie. Palipas oras lang to catch up with Pinoy Big Bro. Have to remind myself to look for Kian's Persian Grill here in Makati so Pinsan Idol and I could try out their cuisine some time. Nakaka-bwisit lang. I was digging for the exact address of the establishment on the net in vain! The websites kept on describing the resto and what it offers but kept on either giving vague locations (Makati lang ang nakalagay!! Kamusta, bayan? Anlaki ng Makati!) OR telling that it's somewhere in Paseo Center, Salcedo Street. Huh?? Kelan pa napunta ang Paseo Center sa Salcedo Street?? That was like on two different villages of Makati Business District! Arayko! Magpa-plugging lang sablay pa.

I was under the notion that it was supposed to be Salcedo Village since Paseo Center (just a couple of backflips from our office) is actually in Salcedo Village OR that it was supposed to be Sedeno Street - the actual street where Paseo Center is located. Well, I guess I have to found out myself.


Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!

The third installment to the tale of the swashbuckling corsair, Jack Sparrow, followed the story of Lord Cuttler Beckett's quest to purge all pirates and establish ultimate rule over the seas. With it, he has control over the heart of Davy Jones (from Part 2) which in turn gave him leverage to command his dreaded Flying Dutchman in a whim. Beckett's success was imminent (and so is the pirates' end) so the only solution left was to convene the Pirate Lords around the world and propose a joint attack against the formidable British fleet.

On this line, it became apparent that they will be needing help from the infamous Captain Sparrow so with unlikely aid from the Singaporean Pirate Lord Sao Feng, the former crew of the Black Pearl journeyed to the World's Edge to bring him back to life. The voyage was a success and along with it, they sailed back to the "real world" with Jack and the Black Pearl, itself. Insidious pacts and trades led to the unexpected rise of Elizabeth Swann as captain of the Singaporean fleet. She spearheaded the notion of a combined attack against Lord Beckett's fleet during the convocation of the Pirate Lords, where she was declared Pirate KING (yes, it was explicitly told she was a KING).

In the end, it was a standoff against the British Fleet plus the Flying Dutchman versus the allied pirate fleet. The Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl sailed ahead of their armadas for the greatest naval mano a mano I've ever seen on a movie! The battle ended with Captain Sparrow opting to have Legolas destroy the heart of Davy Jones (killing Squidhead on the process) in order to protract his existence. However, this meant that Legolas (actually, Will Turner) will have to be the new Davy Jones and captain the Flying Dutchman. With it, the Dutchman and the Black Pearl annihilated the Endeavour - Lord Beckett's flagship.

Lord Beckett's death is the cheesiest naval death I've ever seen, on the other hand. Hahaha.

Let's not talk about CG's, special effects, props, costumes, and the whole production itself. They're all "WOW" *put lots of exclamation marks here* for the lack of words to describe it! I was pointing at the Kraken's tentacles to my bro telling him they (effects crew) thought of making it consistently float on the beach and put much details on the suction tubes even when the monster's scene on the film lasted what... 30 seconds?!? That's how they worked with the rest of the details and the effects were getting more and more awesome since the first Pirates film.

It's a very suitable ending for the "prologue movie" which is Pirates 2. I've immediately watched Pirates 1 as soon as I had the chance after I arrived from Sydney last year and I stand in my opinion that Pirates 2's storyline is nothing but a preparatory film for this sequel. Nothing interestingly more. Pirates 3 is as winding and long as Pirates 2 but "At World's End" is fast paced and easier to keep up with, at least. Ok, it still has those confusing sub-storylines: Calypso, Nine Pieces of Eight, Davy Jones's Love Story, the Pirate Lords. But, these has been inserted to the plot in a way that they din't become vague enough to follow unlike those introduced in Pirates 2 which were mostly just "pushed it" too much... to make the movie long(?) or look adventurous(?), who knows?

Johnny Depp's witty antics are still a hit but this time, I have to admit that he din't single-handedly carry the film. The story was guile enough to highlight the need of the other roles to shine on the film: Elizabeth Swann and her rise to power, Will Turner and his quest to save his father, Davy Jones and his unsettled business with Calypso, even Lord Beckett has his own shot to stardom as the ultimate antagonist. The plot this time din't revolve mainly on Captain Sparrow but it was participated evenly by the major characters. This, I dig since the stars selected for the major roles were worth the exposure anyway. I find Chow Yun-Fat a little lacking though but I have this feeling that I might have just thought of that because I was used to see him in kung-fu moves and stunts that din't require him to actually "act" that much. Haha.

This movie like Pirates 2 is still not recommended to be watched if you haven't seen the prequels. It was chock-full of its own mythology that it will make you just keep on bugging your seatmate for info (and prolly annoy him/her in the process). Just think of it as this: it's not your typical sit-back-enjoy-the-adventure flicks we commonly see on the likes of Waterworld or The Island. Plot lines here are branching (if not just "popping" out of something) everywhere and it's up to the moviegoers to have a grasp of these and establish a coherent path to understand everything. Ang saya noh?

Six out of ten gulaman.

2 Comments:

Blogger Katia said...

Hey! Wala bang review ng Shrek 3? NYahaha not really a Pirates fan eh. :)

5/29/2007 4:18 PM  
Blogger Lene said...

Obi, make it 9! =p I'm beginning to fall in love with Jack Sparrow! ha ha

6/04/2007 1:33 PM  

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