Just Watched: Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back again, after four long years. Only this time, there’s no Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) around. In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, we saw him with the map the “Fountain of Youth”. This time around, there are a number of forces trying to reach the Fountain for their own selfish reasons. Sparrow meets Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) again and is obviously surprised to see him as a privateer working for the British empire. Then there’s Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the most fearful pirate of them all and the mysterious Angelica (Penélope Cruz), with whom Jack has a rather interesting history. Throw the Spanish conquistadors and some beautiful yet creepy mermaids in and you seem to be all set for an entertainer, and that is exactly what you get. But the down side is that it doesn’t really live up to all the hype, and that is a sad thing in any major film franchise.
Rob Marshall, who is supposed to be a “safe” director manages to make most of the film predictable and this is something that doesn’t work for the film. Performance wise, I felt Johnny Depp could have been way better. His character is living up to the stereotype and is appearing a little stale although there are moments of brilliance. Geoffrey Rush is brilliant and so is Ian McShane. Judi Dench has scene too and she’s done pretty well in it. The star of the show has to be Penélope Cruz. Besides being drop dead gorgeous she charms you with her exuberance and also has an amazing on-screen chemistry with Depp. I don’t thing she’s gone wrong in a long time and I just keep becoming a bigger fan of her with every movie. Hans Zimmer’s music is wonderful too.
If you want to have a fun evening at the movies, this film is a very good watch but lower your expectations a little bit for you may not get what you want.
By the way, this is the first film I saw at Glitz Cinemas, Dehradun’s first multiplex, which is a good thing as Hollywood flicks used to be dubbed in Hindi before this for all the cinemas in town. Thankfully there’s an exception now.
Personal Rating: 7.4/10
Just Watched: Kurbaan
Came back to Dehradun late last night and managed to catch this flick a while back. Stuti had written a good review for it to publish in the forthcoming online issue of Off The Record… (OTR). Shruti, too, had said that it was good. After being in awe of the soundtrack (especially the amazaing title track, which you can listen to here), I decided to watch the movie in one of the theaters here (no multiplexes here, you see; and this theatre Payal is horrible!)
For a Hindi movie dealing with terrorism, this one is a great watch that has wonderful performances by the cast especially Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi (Yes, Yes. Exactly, Exactly), Om Puri and Kirron Kher. The cinematography and background score (Salim-Sulaiman) are top-notch. While there are quite a few glitches (Karan Johar is the producer, after all), they can be forgiven. The screenplay is superb and this makes the film a gripping watch. The issue of terrorism is dealt with neutrally. Watch out for the brilliant classroom interaction scene. The dialogues too are very well written by Anurag Kashyap (Yes, the same Anurag Kashyap) and Niranjan Iyengar. In this way, it betters Fanaa, which was the last movie with a similar plot. Rensil D’Silva, take a bow!
Personal Rating: 8.3/10
The Barista outlet at Vasant Vihar was one of the most frequented hang-outs when Yashik was in Dun over the summer. I wasn’t very surprised when he asked me to take a photograph of the place.
Walking in the alleys of the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. This was clicked by Yashik.
This is one of my favourite snaps for a variety of reasons. It has Yashik walking towards my house when he had come to visit Dun. I can say that the picture was captured at the right time.