And finally I come to a close on my watching of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with At World’s End, and oh boy is this one a doozy. I know I said Dead Man’s Chest had its weird moments, but it seemed like the studio really wanted Jack Sparrow to be much of the focus of this film. So with a script that shoves in more elements to an already stuffed film, At World’s End has too many things it needs to wrap up in order for it to be a proper film. I will hold nothing back against this film in its entirety and what I truly feel about it, so it will contain a few spoilers for the past few films and some for this one. There is almost three hours to this mess so I would love to take a proper jab at it having suffered through it.
Keeping with the Disney Sprint event, that I still need to finish despite it not exactly holding to the time restraint I put on myself, I decided that the last two posts will be to finish up the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy of films. Now I still hold to the fact that none of the Pirates films, except for On Stranger Tides, has a lack of great scenes. Each film has a stand out moment that makes me still reflect upon them…better than the sum of the trilogy as a whole. Dead Man’s Chest is where we start to see how the Pirates of the Caribbean series slowly descends into murky waters as to what it truly wants to be. We start to see just how silly the series can go all the while simultaneously showcasing its more serious tendencies. Both of these elements are not so much mingling well with another, but competing with one another over what wants to dominate the film.
This is the one Johnny Depp performance everyone knows about because it has been done to death. Pirates of the Caribbean is the series that never says die as it consistently releases films with great actors and fun performances…that just never pan out in the later installments. The Curse of the Black Pearl however was back when the world was just released to the phenomena that was “Captain” Jack Sparrow. There we saw the exact trajectory of Johnny Depp’s career, he was going to do this character for the rest of his life. Is this a good thing? Well I love Johnny Depp as an actor and I like it when he has good roles lined up for him, yet does the movie still hold up without his performance to ground it?
It certainly has been a long time since I have watched this Disney classic. The Rescuers is one not mentioned too much when recollecting the classics of the Disney catalogue. Often forgotten among other films like 101 Dalmatians and Lady & the Tramp, it never truly got the recognition by a widespread audience and many people today might remember the film but more in a passing lapse of remembering it. “Does that give the Rescuers a disservice or does it truly deserve to stand out?” is really where I feel the discussions always lean towards. Now where does that leave me…well let’s just say I think The Rescuers is a difficult thing to pin down.
I honestly don’t know what I was thinking when choosing this film. I avoided this for so long, knowing that anything that would spin off of Cars…is just asking for disaster. I thought it was about time to put this film to rest and what better way than to forget it amongst a marathon! So here is the 2013 Disney spin-off of Pixar’s marketing franchise, the film many wish to forget as the moment Disney just threw everything to the wind and gave up any shred of artistic creditability, the one film that I have been dreading whenever I think about a Disney marathon, this is Planes…starring Dane Cook. I mean really?! Dane Cook is not a bad guy, but he just is not right for this role. I’m just, I’m just going to dive in.
Treasure Planet is one of those forgotten Disney films, lost among the Lion Kings and Pirates of the Caribbean. It originally came out in 2002 and during that year it had some fierce competition in Lilo & Stitch as well as Studio Ghibli’s most famous film, Spirited Away. This steep competition say it buried and didn’t even fully make back its entire budget sadly. It’s still lost among the Disney library and often not brought up as many consider it to merely be an adaptation of Disney’s original Treasure Island, which was an adaptation of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Does Treasure Planet deserve to be a part of the forgotten Disney library, tossed away like many of its direct to video sequels?
So welcome to a new marathon of films I’ll be reviewing. With the 12 Days of Horror hopefully returning next year for another run in October, I wanted to keep things going with more themed marathon weeks. That is where the Disney Sprint comes in. The Disney Sprint will be a thing that can come on a whim, but must always stay for 7 Days. Whenever I want to review a Disney product I’m going to always do one of these. I grew up as a Disney brat, one who was mesmerized by Fantasia and who still enjoys the Goofy Movie to this day. So I thought why not run through some Disney films on my way of talking about something like Moana. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am, so let’s tap back into that Disney magic!