July 09, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean 2

Look at this. It *IS* hard out here for a Pirate Pimp, as Shawn shows us with wenches Melissa and Maddy in tow. He was holding Mel's Chest all night, as we see here.

"PotC 2 : Dead Man's Chest" opened this weekend, and Melissa and many others were there in costume for the Midnight Show on Thursday night. Melissa set up a deal with the Regal Hollywood 24 (favorite theater in Atlanta for big movie openings) to promote their "Stars of Hope" charity campaign in costume, and collect donations in exchange for a few tickets to the show. I stayed home because I had to work the next morning, but much frivolity ensued and people had a great time.

For the Friday Show, I was able to borrow Shawn's spare RenFest costume and do some dressing up of my own for a change. We were up in Kennesaw, doing another Promo showing before the Pirate Party that Wade (our resident Capt'n Jack Sparrow) was throwing at his house.

I really liked the movie, but there were some detractors to it as well. Fight choreography was AMAZING and imaginative, Character design on the Flying Dutchman's crew was very detailed. humor was almost as good as the first movie and there's a nice surprise at the end, and a promising premise for the final chapter. Buuuuut... some things could have been a lot better. I really wanted Davy Jones to be a stronger presence. His character is huge, but the man himself gets surprisingly little screen time, and at times I really couldn't make out what he was saying. Bill Nighy's performance was great, but I think some better post-production audio work could have improved his diction. It's difficult to inspire fear when people can't understand your threats.

In any case, I'm hoping that #3 wraps things up, so that the plot shortcomings can be excused as setup for the story as a whole. It's difficult to be a "Middle Child" film. In these 2-part sequels, it can go either way: "The Empire Strikes Back" on one side and "The Matrix Reloaded" on the other.

After the show, we had a great time at Wade & Becky's place. It was nice for once to be able to have a couple of beers and not worry about driving home to pick up the kid. We stayed up until about 4:30, and woke up late the next morning. Wade had to be back at the Hollywood 24 at 7:30 AM Saturday Morning to be Capt'n Jack Sparrow for a private corporate showing. Tough schedule, but $300 made it worth it.

Here's some more pics:
Wade's Pirate Party Group Shot PotC 2 Filmstrip Captain Jack and an adoring Wench

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