Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Yarr mateys. Ye heartys would like t' hear a review on th' best shipmate movie o' th' 21st century?

Today I will be reviewing Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Right off the bat, I'd like to say that this is the best movie in the series by far.

The acting was really good. It wasn't the best, but Johnny Depp, as always, redeems any crappy acting of the other characters. He executed his character perfectly. If you don't know Jack Sparrow - I mean Captain Jack Sparrow, I heavily recommend that you watch this movie just for him. Johnny Depp plays the eccentric and puzzling pirate accurately. He gets all the facial gestures and little quirks stunningly well. And to top it all off his face is perfect for the role. Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swan, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa are also amazing, but Johnny Depp knocks them out easily.

The special effects were great as well. The boats looked awesome, and the skeletal versions of the Black Pearl crew were smooth and awesome. The sword fighting choreography was perfect and fluid. The soundtrack is magnificent, the famous "He's a Pirate" being included.

Overall I give this movie a 9/10. It's great fun for anyone around and above their teenage years. Definitely watch this movie!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Hello once again, my readers, today I will be reviewing the concluding part of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The special effects were excellent. While there's a few little things that are off, overall they're excellent. The most impressive thing about them is the grandiosity. This isn't a small or simple scene; it often includes filmed actors and action combined with thousands of digital characters , sweeping landscapes, and dozens of things happening at once. This is a good reason to see it in theaters or in high definition, there are little things that you can only notice in these viewing methods.

The filming is also magnificent. Again and again this trilogy blows my mind with the beauty of New Zealand. It serves as a great backdrop for this type of story, being very lush and green in some places, and very rocky and rugged in others.

All the sound effects are very well executed, sound suitable, and are generally loud. The Nazgul screeching felt very real, in the way that it hurt the characters' ears as well as mine. Most everything has a distinct sound, and it's rare that anything feels out of place. Howard Shore's soundtrack once again proves to be one of the best.

The acting was, as always excellent. But for me, Viggo Mortesen as Aragorn and Sean Astin as Sam blew me away. They performed their roles precisely and perfectly, and came away giving a good picture of the characters. The other characters didn't seem to execute their roles as well as these two, but they were still excellent. My one criticism is that Elijah Wood as Frodo seemed to be stuck with the same facial expression throughout the whole movie.

My, and probably most other peoples' favorite scene would have to be the battle at Minas Tirith. The awesome scope of the battle, with the special effects, sounds, and many close-ups of the action, make for a more than exciting scene. The visual effects are  especially stunning. There's also some wide shots with tens of thousands of digital characters marching on the battlefield, and it makes you think how dedicated and precise the special effects team was during this incredible scene. It's worth the price of the movie to simply to watch this on a large screen. 

This movie was awesome. It concluded one of the, if not the greatest trilogy I have ever watched. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, and would give anything to go watch it on a big screen. This movie deserved 9.5/10, and that is what I give it.