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Pirates and Sequels

June 2nd, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 3 Comments

I saw “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” yesterday, on the big screen. Unfortunately it wasn’t surprisingly good.
(“Sequels are typically bad” still applies).

On Metacritic, Pirates I, II and III scored 64/8.8, 53/6.6 and 50/5.2 successively. I can understand that. (That’s critics/users, and >60 for critics, is a “favourable” score.) I am unfortunately able to say I enjoyed Spiderman 3 more than Pirates 3. Of course that does not mean Spiderman 3 was better than Pirates 3, maybe just that I was less able to suspend my critique. Blame my friends for that one. ;) I walked into Pirates 3 “knowing” it would not be very good. Of course, I still found it enjoyable, but there were a number of things that bothered me rather significantly. Oh, including the ending, but maybe that’s just me. There exists some reviewers/critics that do think 3 was better than 2. However, if you didn’t like the second very much, you probably won’t like the third. And if you enjoyed the second very much, you’ll most likely enjoy the third very much. But this shouldn’t be news to you.

I came across an “Ask Yahoo” question, Are there still pirates in the world? It claims “Modern-day pirate attacks are shockingly violent”. Um, I’m sorry? Were the pirate attacks of old, not shockingly violent? Or are we just so desensitized by “Hollywood violence” to not even realize how violent the “Hollywood movies” themselves are? I suppose the use of AK-47’s and rocket propelled grenades just makes it that much more obvious that it isn’t some far-off “fantasy realm” we are talking about.

Friends pointed out that I am to blame that sequels are so often bad. (Yes, me, and people like me.) We go and see sequels whether they are good or not, meaning there isn’t so much of a financial incentive to make sequels worth something. Ag, so what. If I enjoy watching bad sequels, why not make bad sequels for me to enjoy?

While on the topic of piracy, I have wondered whether I ought to “pirate” bad movies, to avoid giving them as much money? Hehe. More trouble than it’s worth, it’s a nice service that the video shops provide, and I’m prepared to pay for it. In either case, “piracy” is a propaganda word in this context. As is theft. Let’s just call it “unauthorized copying”. Theft is when you take something from someone, and they then no longer have it…?

So, which do you think was better, Spiderman 3, or At World’s End? (Try to avoid spoilers, but if you must, just remember the spoiler warnings.) And what examples can you think of, where the sequels were as good as (or better than) the original? Some suggestions made on Frances’ birthday (I know two females named Frances) included Terminator 2, Star Wars III (of the new trilogy), and “Busty Babes 2″. ;)

Interestingly, while “Busty Babes 2″ was supposed to be a not very imaginative fictional title to illustrate a point about varying perspectives about what might be considered “better”… it turns out there was indeed a movie called Busty Babes. Hence, one could argue “Busy Babes 2″ is indeed better than “Busty Babes” (the first), in the sense that the latter actually exists…

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  • 1 Pienk Zuit // Jun 6, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Gisteraand gaan Pirates kyk. Dit was so deurmekaar dat ek nou nog nie weet wat helfte van die tyd aangegaan het nie. Spidey 3 was vir my oraait, beter as 2.

    Ek kan nie aan nog sequels dink wat beter was as no 1 nie. Maar ek kan wel aan sequels dink wat so sleg was dat dit no 1 se memories heeltemal gespoil het: Highlander 2, Matrix 2.

  • 2 Gericke // Jun 6, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I still have to see Pirates, but Spidey sucked big time for me…

  • 3 Steve // Jun 11, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Pirates 3 > Spidey 3. However, that was entirely due to Johnny Depp. Besides Sparrow, the rest of the movie was not good, but his brilliant performance carried it into quite enjoyable.

    Both movies were too horribly corny for words, though.

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