I know gene Siskel has been dead for ages and I am no movie critic, but we have watched the fourth installment of the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise and just yesterday evening we watched the hometown shop Hangover 2. So without much ado, here is my summary of the two movies.
POTC On Stranger Tides is not a bad movie, it just falls short of the previous three. In fact, one could argue it’s a good thing that Hollywood released the movie not in 2003, when the original was released and revived a whole genre. Would that have been the case, the movie would have been a moderate success, but wouldn’t have created the followership the first three did. The writing is poor – possibly suitable for the 4-8 year old demographic, but even these kids are not challenged following or predicting the plot. The jokes a reheated repeats (and even Ceasar said more than 2000yrs ago: “Repetita Non Placent.” I don’t like repetition.). The plot is way too simple, no surprises. I read that the goal of the writers was to simplify the story, because the previous three movies were too convoluted. To that end the mission was accomplished, but the writers did not do a favor to the movie or the audience. In summary, it’ a pirate movie, that rides on the successes and coattails of it’s the three predecessors, however with predictable jokes and a very thin story line.
The Hangover 2 is a different animal. Do you remember in the 80s all the really big hits came in different versions and so-called maxi singles. 1984. Frankie Goes To Hollywood and released “Relax” followed by “Two Tribes” There must have been 10 different mixes for each of these two songs. It was still the same song, but you loved dancing to he different mixes anyway. Of relax along, there was a Radio Edit, a New York Mix, an Extra Beat Mix, a Long Version etc. Same thing with Two Tribes and who can forget the “Young Adult Version Of Rage Hard”. Anyway, The Hangover 2 is a carbon copy of the first Hangover which took place in Las Vegas. The Hangover 2 is The Bangkok Remix. The problems, jokes, the paranoia, the characters and the plot is the same as its predecessor. The variation comes by weaving any Bangkok and Thailand stereotype into the movie. If you laughed hard in the Hangover, you will laugh in the Hangover 2, ….well, too. Caution: This is not a children’s movie unless you want your children to ask you many, many questions over the next 10 years.
That’s it, I will not provide any thumbs, but the Hangover 2 gave me clearly more entertainment and laughs … and I love pirate movies.
Enjoy this movie Summer of repeats, reheats and sequels, prequels and what appears to be a general lack of imagination and risk taking.
P.S.: The Hangover 2 will explain why bangkok is called Bangkok and not something else.