Thursday, July 06, 2006

Courage to Dare

Tonight, tonight, won't be just any night,
Tonight there will be no morning star.
Tonight, tonight, I'll see my love tonight.
And for us, stars will stop where they are.
Today, the minutes seem like hours,
The hours go so slowly,
And still the sky is light
Oh moon, grow bright,
And make this endless day endless night!

I'll be living la vida pirate at 12:01 tonight. But don't expect a review of Dead Man's chest from me -- ever -- because, like an expectant parent, I'm predisposed to love this second child as much as the first even if it looks like it was hit with an ugly stick.

If the headlong courage and bold audacity it took to take on two sequels to POTC amid the overblown expectations of passionate fans and the certain close examination of critics wasn't enough to garner my wholehearted admiration, then the mammoth magnitude of work that went into this film would be. As it is, courage is enough for me.

Oh sure, we could say the same about Lord of the Rings, Superman, Star Wars and any number of grandiose and highly anticipated sequels that required guts to write, stage, cast, direct, costume, produce, score, etc. But I wasn't emotionally invested in those films. It wasn't my kid. So if somebody says the kid is so ugly that they need to diaper both ends or is the reason some mammals bury their young, so what?

Nope, I'm not interested in reviewing, defending or picking apart Dead Man's Chest. I'm simply not objective enough. I'm a fan of few -- this is one of the few.

I'm not saying it's the thought that counts, but as I've read blogs and updates on the progress of the film, I've come to respect the extraordinary workings behind it. Stupid and naive of me? Maybe.

Funny thing about kids, though. Sometimes they bring us a handful of weeds and say, "look at the pretty flowers." Sweet. We love them. But they're still weeds.

Just look at those breathtaking photographs, people. Dead Man's Chest is offering us an armful of roses. Somehow, I don't think I'll notice if there are a few weeds.


Sal said...

Saw the trailer for the Barnyard/confused cows film yesterday for the first time - it looks insane. Meanwhile, have similar feelings to you about POTC2 - I want to love it, I hope I love it, I just desperately want not to be disappointed as I have been with other sequels. I'm seeing it tomorrow so all those months of anticipation will be over. I hope you enjoy it.

BionicBuddha said...

I enjoyed reading your film commentary...very entertaining and interesting blog site...thanks for sharing!!

Mystery Man said...

Why have I not discovered this blog earlier? It's GREAT fun.

By the way, I saw the movie yesterday. My boss/friend took me out to lunch and then the movie. Davey Jones was just AMAZING.

And with respect to your Superman post, I post very different thoughts, which centered around Lois, if you're interested. ( While beautiful, this movie failed because they ruined Lois. Singer paid homage in visuals only, not characters. A Superman movie is only as good as Lois Lane.

But I really enjoyed reading this blog today. Thanks!


MaryAn Batchellor said...

Don't know why you haven't found me, MM, but leave bread crumbs so you can find your way back.

Seen Dead Man's Chest twice now. The most amazing part of the film for me is that you could free frame almost any place in the entire two and half hours and the result is an amazing work of art.

It's breathtakingly beautiful. Wait til POTC3 and we see the Singapore sets.