Sometime back, I highlighted a few summer movies that I was eagerly anticipating. While I ended up skipping Superman Returns and X-Men 3 on reviews by friends, I managed to catch these two:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Saw this on the big screen end of July, the weekend right after my daughter’s term test. The kids loved it, especially the fighting within and on the wheel – great piece of stunt work there – and the fun and adventure, as always.
For me, it was nostalgia all over — we’d watched the first movie a week prior, just to get in the mood – watching the three leads go on one wildgoose chase after another.I was quite dismayed at the hint of a shift in Elizabeth’s affections … yes, I agree with Suisan that there’s something there … and the ending was a dead giveaway as to the main objective of their next adventure, which I hope comes around soon.
Still, it was a pretty good follow-up to their maiden voyage, Captain jack Sparrow is still funny as ever, the chemistry amongst the trio is still just as great although there weren’t enough of those scenes, and the cliffhanger at the end left me hungering for the 3rd instalment.
BTW, Suisan got into a discussion with some ladies over the possible triangle, and if you want more posts on pirate romances and other paraphernalia, then be sure to visit Suisan (who’s still obsessing over where the compass is pointing), Kristie, Bev, Sybil, jmc, C2, Beth (who fantasizes about being a pirate, but thought the movie sucked) and even Stephanie at The Midnight Hour. C2 is a fellow Orlando fan … doesn’t he look dashing in that pirate getup? I mean, I like adorable scoundrel Johnny too, but Orlando’s a nice contrast, all honour bound and sacrificial.
Mistress of Spices
Saw this on video last week. I was looking forward to it (synopsis here) and was a little crestfallen at the tepid chemistry between the two leads. It wasn’t engaging like in the Bride & Prejudice. And in case you were expecting some song-and-dance fantasy MTV moments, there aren’t any.
This film is totally made-for-Hollywood. It was still a good effort by Ash, although Dylan McDermott seems to be reprising his Bobby role from The Practice. Don’t think I’ll be keeping the video. I’ve seen really great ones in this movie genre (think Bend it Like Beckam and Monsoon Weddings) and this cross cultural romance still leaves a little bit more to be desired.
A friend from work thought Ash looked slutty in the red outfit (image above) she wore for her dinner date with Dylan’s character, Doug, towards at the end of the movie. I thought it looked quite sexy on her, on second look. The cinematography is gorgeous though. The colours and all the little snippets about Tilo (Ash’s character) and her customers were great too, despite the lukewarm treatment of the relationship.
That said, there were some tender moments in the show which were well handled, like the one in Doug’s apartment (below), and who could forget the beautiful image of the couple lying on a bed of chillies when the credits rolled.