It took a lot of magic to lift the curse of the bad sequel but the fifth Harry Potter movie managed to do it. Like the four previous movies it was well made. I even had the impression that less of the story got lost when the book had to be compressed to fit into the time-frame of a movie. But maybe that is just because the fifth volume was less dense than the previous ones.
A bunch of new characters were introduced and I was especially pleased by the performance of Imelda Staunton. She portrayed Dolores Umbridge just as nasty and wretched as J.K. Rowling describes her in the book.
Last Sunday my wife and I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End in a local cinema. And like Spider-Man 3 the movie didn’t impress me very much. A confused story, inconsistencies, superfluous subplots and missing scenes spoiled the party. And while the second part at least contained a lot of slapstick the third part was dark and depressing. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a really good movie but its sequels fall short of it unfortunately. A friend of mine even wondered whether the scripts were written by the same people who came up with the sequels of Highlander. 🙂
At the end of the year big film-studios will probably once again complain about the box-office results and blame it on movie piracy. But it will of course not occur to them that people don’t like bad sequels or the hundredth bad copy of Finding Nemo.
Snakes on a Plane … what a trashy title for a movie. When I first heard about it I was sure that it wasn’t worth watching. But the enthusiasm of a fellow worker and the surprisingly good rating in The Internet Movie Database made me reconsider that decision.
To be honest I actually like well done trashy action movies where people have to fight murderous animals like in Jaws. And I was hoping that Snakes on a Plane would fall into that category. Fortunately I was not disappointed, all the necessary ingredients were there: decent actors including Samuel L. Jackson in top form, good special effects, a high body count and the mandatory scary moments. And as a special bonus the annoying passengers were eaten. 🙂
So in the end it was good entertainment, not a classic but definitely fun to watch.