ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars

LUKE EVANS!

In my opinion, he’s the only one that looks better than Orlando Bloom with a moustache. Logan Lerman looks really young among all the other actors and since I haven’t read the book since Primary School and no matter how many times I’ve heard it, I can’t pronounce his character’s name – “D’Artagnan”. Give me Aramis anytime.

It seemed a little too action-packed, probably to factor in the 3D effects and as much as I liked a strong female presence, or girl power, I didn’t really get how Milady (Milla Jovovich) fitted in. Thank goodness for Luke Evans – who looks even hotter with glasses!

LOVE AND LIFE IN NYC

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Caught New York, I Love You some time back, but I didn’t feel much love at all.

Like its predecessor Paris Je t’aime, it is an anthology film that joins several love stories in New York. Featuring stars like Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q and Shu Qi – it is an ensemble you would want to see onscreen. The Ethan Hwake/Maggie Q segment made me blush cos Ethan Hawke was speaking really awkward stuff. Some other segments just made me feel more ‘lust’ than ‘love’.

I only liked two stories, which were directed by Brett Ratner and Joshua Marston. Brett Ratner directed this segment about a guy’s prom night after being ditched by his girlfriend (a 10-second appearance by Blake Lively). It ended up being the best night of his life – with his useful belt. Joshua Marston directed the segment where an old couple celebrates their 60th anniversary and rediscovers love for each other. Awww…

Anyway, I liked Paris Je t’aime better. Each segment brought out the theme better and there’s Gaspard Ulliel! I can still remember he charmed me the moment his messy hair, grey singlet, lit cigarette appeared onscreen. Not to mention he speaks smouldering French. Oohlala.

SAVVY?

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Finally watch POTC3 today. It’s totallyunlike me to catch it 10 days after the opening of such a fantastic movie.

Great action/effects, wonderful acting, more mysteries/questions unravelled and the story just gets more exciting? The scene with The Black Pearl and the crabs was simply amazing (unity is strength), Chow Yun-Fatt’s “Welcome to Singapore”, the Keith Richards cameo, the maelstrom, the treachery amongst the pirates, Calypso etc. Although the ending was sweet and all that, it was still kinda sad.

Plus, I have something to comment. Why does everybody leaves once the credits start showing? Are they giving out free popcorn outside the cinema?? If not, then STAY! I mean, it’s not like the papers didn’t say there would be a coda (definition: a conclusion or closing part) after the show. A true POTC fan would know there’s a coda? Unless they didn’t stay for the first two, then I’ve got nothing to say. Well, I don’t mean any offence to those who didn’t catch the coda. =/

JAR OF DIRT

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

It was thrilling but not as exciting as the first. Strangely, some parts reminded me of King Kong, especially the part on the cannibal island and the Kraken. Johnny Depp was still as charismatic and I must say there are many surprises in the story. There are even a necklace of toes, the cartwheel sequence and those ugly and scary creatures of the sea on the Flying Dutchman.

Watch out for the last part where a character from the first instalment makes a special appearance. Well, the movie ended with a really long commercial break that will last about one year? Not sure if my anticipation will last that long, but as long as it’s got to do with pirates, I’m in.“Aye aye Captain”