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We had a stragedy to see these two movies. Our theater shows new releases Thursday night, so we figured we'd go to the last showing of Pirates because everyone would be seeing Wonder Woman. But when we got there, the showing of WW was only about half-sold, so we went ahead and saw it.

And it was good. It had an overwhelmingly good score and it was mostly well-earned. I thought the story was pretty good. They nicely developed the origins of the Amazons, got her in to World War I. I thought there were a couple of continuity errors that I wish they had fixed, I don't know if they had problems between the shoot and edit, or what, but it was kind of jarring for me. Still, lots of fun. My wife commented on all of the names of women in the credits which was really cool.

There is no teaser of a future movie in the credits, so if you're desperate for the bathroom when the movie ends, go for it.

For Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, we watched the first Pirates movie on DVD Wednesday night as a prep to see the new one this weekend, and it was lots of fun, it's been ages since we've seen it. We saw the subsequent movies, and I have not been impressed and won't waste the time, space, and money owning them. I've also heard about the scores for the new Pirates movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and the studio complaints about Rotten Tomatoes, and I've seen the trailers, so I did not have high expectations. And I was surprised, it was much better than I was expecting. To me, they caught the light tone of the first movie along with the scary aspects and melded them well. We got back stories which made sense and nicely tied Salazar to Jack. It, too, had a couple of continuity problems that just didn't make sense. You'd think that when you're looking at 120-135 minutes that you'd be able to trim down some needlessly long sequences which would give you time to fix the problems. Which to me implies that they had script problems that no one caught and they had no choice but to release the movie with issues.

There is a teaser at the very end of PotC: DMTNT, but it is at the VERY end of the credits. I'm not sure which of the movies it refers to, it really didn't excite me. So there will be more Pirates as these movies make lots of bucks in Asia.

My wife had a major problem with Pirates: Dead Men -- they abused astronomy. This is a problem being married to a woman who has a PhD in astronomy. I have similar problems when people abuse what computers can do, but I think I might have a slightly higher willing suspension of disbelief when it comes to my field being abused on-screen than she does.

Date: 2017-06-06 01:51 am (UTC)
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My kneejerk was that you see more abuse of computers than astronomy, but I'm not actually sure that's true. Maybe it's true, but I'd have to think about it a bit. It's ok, I'm ex-military (infantry) along with IT security, and I majored in history. Basically, Hollywood is dead to me unless I just ignore everything I know. I've gotten decent at it. :)

Date: 2017-06-06 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraig
Oh yeah, I forgot about police procedurals. I've never worked for the 5-0, but I've worked with them, and along the way I picked up university intro level courses in bio and chem as well. Yeah, life ain't like that. :)

One of the biggest sins most movies show is small units bunching up too close, but of course that's because they want everybody to be on-screen at once. Seems like older movies either threw it all out the window, or actually listened to their military advisors. Later ones, not so much. And yes, you got the movie name correct - one of the grand ensemble casts that was common in 70s war movies - Caan, Cain, Connery, Gould, Hackman, Hopkins, Schell, etc etc. Saving Private Ryan was reasonable too - and they definitely got the SFX correct, much to the chagrin of some vets. It's been years since I was at a range, but the bullets pinging off metal in the beach scene takes me right back.

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