A Summer of Pirates and Gods

So, we saw Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor this week.

Eep. The former had potential to be terrific, but wasn’t. The latter could have easily been wretched, but was ok in a silly way and largely forgettable.

Pirates lost its humour and upped the horror content somewhat, which should have been awesome. Ian McShane was awesome, and underused. I’ve been tired of Johnny Depp for a while (terrific actor, just only so much I can stand of him and the less said about his Mad Hatter the better). Penalope Cruz was lovely to watch, but I didn’t buy the back story. The mermaids were rocking and not just cuz they were easy on the eyes. Zombies on a pirate ship, neat, but not really explained or executed well. I fell asleep near the end, so that about sums up the flick.

Thor was a B class Marvel Hero who I’ve liked, but less than the C class Marvel cast (Power Man and Iron Fist, The Falcon, Moon Knight, etc.). Thor the Movie was fun, if very silly. The environments looked fantastic, minus the Frost Giant home which looked like a boring place to live and fight. The dude who played Thor was enjoying himself with the role and did a good job making a very comic booky character come to life. Lots of silliness in plot and world building (Tree of Life?) that wasn’t explained and I’m sure there are tons of info dumps on the cutting room floor (eew!). Natalie Portman always ups the class of a film she’s in. But the Warriors Three and Sif were underused (which sucked). And for an epic hero movie there was, ahem, precious little FIGHTING! This isn’t THOR: THE CONVERSATIONALIST. This is THOR: GOD OF THUNDER!

Gah. I do hope GREEN LANTERN can be the fun summer movie that has charm and taps the heroic vein.




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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