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The first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had Newt Scamander, witches Tina and Queenie and muggle Jacob trying to save a young but powerful man from being both destroyed by his power and that of being a pawn by a wicked wizard. In the end, it appeared the young man, Creedence, was dead and the villainous Grindelwald was revealed. The sequel picks up with an action packed escape by… Read More

Dead Men Tell No Tales comes six years on the heels of On Stranger Tides, and returns to the territory of the first three films.  We meet a young boy named Henry.  He takes a boat out to sea, ties a rock to his ankle and leaps into the sea.  He is saved by the flying Dutchman.  This is Henry, the son of Will and Elizabeth Turner. He tells his father he… Read More

After a somewhat lackluster reaction to At World’s End (don’t get me wrong, it made money) the franchise went quiet.  And it may be that it could have been just left at being a trilogy. But Disney wanted to keep it going, and four years gave us On Stranger Tides.  This time, they leave aside Will and Elizabeth Turner.  Will is apparently off being the new Captain of the Flying Dutchman, content… Read More

Holy. Crap.  THIS. MOVIE. IS. SO. LONG. Like, super long. It is ten minutes shy of three hours. Anyhoo, picking up where the last film left off, the Kraken ate Jack Sparrow and now Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner and Barbossa are trying to rally the troops to find and return Jack from Davey Jone’s locker so they can stop Davey Jones. And this ends up taking over an hour.  We see Sparrow… Read More

“Abandon Ship, or Abandon Hope”, declares Kevin McNally’s Gibbs. Disney was full of hope they had a franchise after the hit of Curse of the Black Pearl. To make sure they could recapture the magic, they kept on the director, writing team and…of course… Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow. Will and Elizabeth are engaged, Norrington has left the British Navy and now a bigger threat has arrived.  A man who seeks… Read More

Disney was trying to find ways to tap various IPs (they did not yet own Marvel or Lucasfilm).  They started to look to their theme park rides.  And they tapped the director of the remake of the the Japanese Horror film the Ring. And hired Johnny Depp. Young Will Turner was orphaned when a ship he was on (When he was much younger) was attacked by the pirates of the ship the… Read More

A trend began in the early 2000’s of making movies based on dramatic action shows from the 70’s and 80’s, but treating them as a joke.  This has had…decidedly mixed results. 21 Jump Street was part of the line-up of a upstart new network called Fox.  It was the story of a division of young cops who would go into schools undercover, posing as students, to bust drug dealers and the like. … Read More