Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
Initially, it looks like a superb film. It has that great signature feel of a Spielberg movie along with a rousing score by John Williams. A fun treasure hunt filled with action and adventure. But it seems everyone behind the ‘camera’ was having too much fun with the technology. Like they were given a bunch of new toys to play with, and they wanted to do everything possible. I think this more must be more attitude hurts the film.
The motion capture and photo realistic animation didn’t gel with the cartoonish looking characters for me. Like it blurred the line between a cartoon and a live action film, and I couldn’t shake the feeling this would have been so much better as the later. Though then I’m sure it would be compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and quite possibly come under fire for not breaking any new ground. It does have its moments, and it’s certainly never dull.
A solid animated adventure story like this might appeal to younger audiences. But some of the themes here, such as murder and alcohol abuse should be a consideration to parents of really young kids. Older audiences may get a kick out of this, but I doubt you’ll be able to shake the feeling you’ve seen something similar to this from Mr Spielberg before. If you’re a fan of his films you’ll probably enjoy this.
Best viewing format:
This is a big screen movie. It was available in 3D, but it’s really not necessary to shell out the extra cash to view that format. At home, a HD viewing will let you make the most of this.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
In a flashback, Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) is recounting a story where his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock is battling the evil Red Rackham (Daniel Craig). Sir Francis is caught laying a trail of gun power as he intends to blow up his recently captured ship. A great sword fight ensues, and the two characters repeatedly get the better of each other. Red Rackham would manage to put out the gun power fuse, only to then lose the upper hand and Sir Franics would light it again. This is the best action scene in the film for me because unlike the other action pieces that follow this, it never gets too absurd. The action stays within the realm of possibility for these two characters, and it is just a lot of fun to watch.