Pirates of the Caribbean 4: Law of Diminishing Returns

Pirates of the CaribbeanOur good friend Richard over at Filmstalker just directed us to several sites that have been reporting the following news about Pirates of the Caribbean 4 from Disney’s head of production:

“We’re going to shoot ‘Pirates 4’ in April and May of next year…We are going to release it hopefully in 2011 is the plan.” He said that this time they would only be doing one movie this time that would “hopefully be the first of another trilogy.”

I was a huge fan of the first movie and was mildly let down by the second and while I really got a kick out of Jack in the Underworld bit I found the rest of the third movie to be fairly painful. I am totally hoping that the Law of Diminishing Returns does not continue and that Pirates 4 manages to reboot the story with more focus on characters and less on the special effects and having Jack be so amazing that he can do anything and everything. I hate to be negative but I seriously doubt they will recapture the magic of the first one ever again in this series.

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Rusty James
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the pirates movies are all good.

Mercurie
Guest

I like all three movies, although I agree the first is the best. Like you, I hope the fourth does focus more on the characters. I also hope that like a lot of sequels it doesn't totally suck.

Andrew James
Admin

The first one is fun popcorn fare. The other two are complete shite.

Henrik
Guest

The first one is bad, and too long. The second one is horrible and even longer.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Like the first. Not keen on the second. Love parts of the third. No doubt, I'll see #4.

Michael W. May
Guest

Liked the first quite a bit. The law of diminishing returns kicked in quickly with 2 and exponentially with 3.

The fourth in any franchise seems to be where they can (not always do) make it good again. We'll see.

Kurt Halfyard
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I found the first one to be way too long and overblown, sure I like Depp's performacne, but nearly every singly supporting character (including Bloom and Knightly) were flat out boring. And they only got longer as they went along

I mildly enjoyed the second one only because it seemed to be a straight-faced-parody of a megabudgeted blockbuster more than anything else…but it was more exhausting than entertaining.

Didn't bother with #3 and am mildly upset if this chews up Verbinski's time when he could me making more films like THE WEATHERMAN….

Rusty James
Guest

Andrew, did you see the third pirates movie?

Andrew James
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Yeah I saw part three it was terrible terrible lemon terrible.

Andrew James
Admin

Excerpt from my original review:

"Picture your drunk uncle sitting around a campfire trying to tell you and your friends the story of the pirates of the seven seas; complete with character voices. Now imagine he's completely making it up as he goes along and also drinking more Jack Daniels as the story progresses. What would happen if this were the case? You'd misunderstand a lot of things he is trying to say, the plot would likely be very unnecessarily convoluted and he would just keep rambling for nearly three hours until he finally passes out. Loyal readers, let me introduce you to your drunk uncle: director Gore Verbinski."

Andrew James
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Even more elegant and succinct from the good doctor at BBC:

"Kubrick (in 2001) went from the beginning of civilization to the dawn of a new breed of human being in just over 2 hours. It's taken [Verbinski] 8 hours to get from point A to point A."

Rusty James
Guest

@ Didn’t bother with #3 and am mildly upset if this chews up Verbinski’s time when he could me making more films like THE WEATHERMAN….

I agree, except that prior to Pirates 4 he was in talks to do Bio Shock, a video game movie.

Kurt Halfyard
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@"e it was terrible terrible lemon terrible.e it was terrible terrible lemon terrible."

Fuckin' A, I just watched IN THE LOOP Last night. Maybe talk this on the next cinecast, which I assume you were referencing here. Awesome film!

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