I just got back from the Make-A-Wish premiere event. Oh man, was it a good time! Seeing Johnny in person was really one of the coolest things ever, and I swear, I’ve seen few stars more gracious with their fans, especially considering the time crunch and that his real job was to do the press thing. Orlando was certainly right up there also!
As for the film, I’m not going to post a detailed review here just yet (although I will be happy to answer questions) as it’s a film I need to contemplate a bit, which I guess is a good thing. It’s a complex, dense, plot with lots of double-crossing. My friend and I spent a couple hours at the bar after the film dissecting every moment <g> and I’m still going over it in my head before I write a more detailed plot review as I try to marry my hopeful expectation with the reality.
But in general, my initial reaction is mixed. It’s got some amazingly great moments interspersed with some astoundingly awful moments, the thing is, the pendulum swing fast and wide. Greatness mixed with disappointment.
The basic plot, some of the twists, and ultimate resolution was brave, especially for a big summer movie generally not given to character and plot. I give kudos to the creators for taking the risk. Touch of destiny indeed <g>
But also, the execution faultered in some spots, severely, IMO. And there were a couple WTF moments. Overall, I'd give it a B- (although a C-/D+ for a couple of just terrible moments)
No, it's not as good as the first, (what could be) but an improvement over the second because you have resolution of the storylines. But I can say that no matter what, certain "camps" are going to be PO'd regarding those resolutions. But then again, that was a given....<g>
I will say this as it’s not too spoilerly, The performances are all wonderful, CJS is less of a buffoon than he was in DMC. And of course, Johnny is superb as always, at blending the dramatic elements with the humor very deftly. (Just so you know, without giving anyway any plot details here, it’s almost 15 or 20 minutes before Jack makes his first appearance in the nearly 3-hour film. Plot-wise, there’s reason for this. Dying-to- see-Captain-Jack-as-soon-as-possible-wise, the wait seemed interminable! ) Orlando, Kiera and the rest were a pleasure to watch.