This summer, Therese and I let our brain cells take a break to go see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Our writers’ minds got to working on how director Gore Verbinski and crew took a classic genre movie, updated it, and made this unlikely story a box-office juggernaut. Therese and I loved the first Pirates movie, and that love had nothing to do with Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom. It was the storytelling that hooked us.
TW: Yeah, right.
KB: What was that?
TW: Oh, nothin’. Carry on, carry on.
KB: Ahem. I saw PotC II when it released mostly because there was nothing else playing that weekend, fully expecting it was going to be a dog. Instead I was delightfully surprised. It’s a wacky story that’s frankly a little garbled, but I didn’t care because I fell in love with all the characters, from the lead protagonists to the most minor pirates. In fact, I was very impressed with the way the secondary characters were handled with such care. What about you, what did it for you? [Read more…]