Ahab goes to the movie

A couple of quick movie reviews for you guys, as I had a bit of free time over the holiday weekend.

First up is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. I have seen both parts 1 and 2 of the trilogy, both of which I enjoyed immensely. I’m a big fan of “pirate” movies in general, as they usually have the three elements for making an Ahab-Approved movie: cool boats, sword/gun play, pirate wenches.

At World’s End had all three, thus I was satisfied. I will say that if you haven’t seen the first two, don’t go see part three because you honestly won’t have any idea what’s going on who is on whose side. Some reviewers said that the plot was hard to follow, I disagree on the grounds that it might be hard to follow if you have a short attention span or haven’t ever read a book.

On a gunny note, the movie did have one thing that I’d been praying for since the first movie. During one scene, there’s a bit of a Mexican standoff between several of the characters, which prompts Jack Sparrow to try and fire his pistol. I say “try”, because everyone’s pistol had just received a thorough soaking, and suddenly every character experiences a failure to fire due to wet powder. It brought joy to my heart.

Final review: I give Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 4 sails out of 5.

The second movie I watched was on DVD, an Australian set western called The Proposition. This was an excellent, intense character driven western. More in the vein of the gritty spaghetti westerns that are Clint Eastwood’s heritage, The Proposition held me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of its short 104 minutes. I strongly recommend renting or buying this one on DVD, especially if you’re a fan of the gritty, violent western.