This weekend is my 20th wedding anniversary and as a treat my wife and I decided to do a double bill of Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Kent.
I am a big fan of the original Pirates of the Caribbean. Even though it was filled with old film cliches they were put in a fresh light with this film. Sadly the sequel doesn't pull it off. My 8 year old daughter said it best, ( no she didn't see the second movie), when talking about sequels in general. She said that film makers always make sequels too serious and loose the fun of the original. Very true with this film. Dead man's chest tries to take itself too seriously and the comedic moments are cliches taken from the first film. No longer fresh! I still enjoyed it, come on it's pirates, and will look forward to the 3rd. If for nothing else just to laugh at Jack. Captain Jack.
This was a great Superman movie. I make that distinction because if it was any other character but Superman the whole Christ imagery stuff just wouldn't have worked. I'm OK with the whole comparison to a savior thing and I think Singer really pulled it off, except for one shot when Superman is falling back to earth in the crucifixion pose. That made me laugh. The balance between heroic images and dramatic plot devices was well maintained through out. There were more than a few homages to old comic images ranging from Alex Ross to the original action comics cover. A good ride for sure.