you can tell I turned the book in because I’m talking movies again
December 13, 2010
Just saw the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. As much as I think the franchise ought to be retired, there are two reasons I’ll see this. A) The filmmakers realized Johnny Depp and Geoffry Rush were carrying the damn thing and seem to have booted Knightly and Bloom. Yay! and B) The bit in the credits that reads “Suggested by a novel by Tim Powers.” I like it when good people get a little credit. Yay!
The Tron: Legacy previews have swung into giving away too much of the plot, so I stopped watching.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader: I’ve really enjoyed these. I just love nicely done fantasy world movies. (That’s what comes of being the target age for Willow when it first came out.) This is nicely done, and has one of the OMG scariest monsters ever. That thing was just creepy. Now, confession: I haven’t read the books beyond The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. This is because when I should have been reading them (and Lloyd Alexander, and Susan Cooper, etc.) I was reading the entire works of Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry, because I was one of those little girls. I was warned that the Christian allegory gets turned up to eleven in this one, but I really didn’t mind because if you’re not looking for it it just slides on past. But I gotta tell you, it does make me wish The Golden Compass movie had been successful enough that we could get the film version of The Amber Spyglass, which pretty much does away with allegory entirely to show decrepit senile God dead in a ditch. I’d love to see Hollywood try to tackle that one.
I’m still in love with TCM, because of things like The Pirate. This is a very strange completely hilarious musical comedy starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, directed by Vincent Minnelli, with songs by Cole Porter. It’s got one of those twisted mistaken identity plots, with the girl who dreams of being kidnapped by a pirate, but she’s betrothed to the boring mayor, but the traveling player who falls in love with her pretends to be the pirate she’s obsessed with, but then it turns out the boring mayor actually is (or rather was, he’s retired now) the pirate she’s obsessed with, and when the player is arrested for the pirate’s crimes the girl has to hatch this scheme to get the boring mayor to confess that he’s really pirate so she can save the player, which she does successfully when the mayor realizes the way to win her heart is to confess he’s the pirate, but then of course he gets hanged in the player’s place… Yeah. And the Cole Porter music. Really vague and forgettable — right up until the climactic moment, just before the player is about to get hanged for being the pirate, when we get “Be a Clown.” And an epic dance number with Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers. No, really. I about fell off the sofa. Why can’t we have movies like this anymore?