There was a time when a pirate was free to make his own way in the world. But our time is coming to an end.
The world isn’t big enough for the East India Trading Company — and pirates. One has to go. And it might just depend on who has enough wits, gunpowder, codes, love, loyalty, power and secrets.
Whoever doesn’t will get blown out of the water. Literally.
How far will they go to win?
To stab the heart of Davy Jones? To betray those who gave you their trust? To bring back those from death itself? Or will they just throw every rule, every code, out the window and do whatever it takes to get what they want?
Considering they’re pirates…take the last option.
In My Opinion…
My Rating: 3 Stars
If you look past the confusing, muddy, at least five (if not six) fold story line, you get left with a movie that’s good for a few laughs, a single clap for the visual effects, and lot of puzzled “what-just-happened-again?”
After a stunning first movie, an interesting second, the third really needed some tightening up before it hit the screens. The plots are so detailed, and so numerous, you get left feeling dizzy. Who just made a deal with who for what purpose? It’s the constant question. The dialogue is rather random, though with Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa again clashing sword blades, there’s room for a few laughs. Being a third, you expect a lot. The movie fell short (by a few hundred metres) of that expectation.
The sets and visual effects were again brilliant, entertaining to see and full of life (though a few left trails of question on their historical accuracy). There’s enough sword fights, blowing ships up, drama, cannons, guns and action to keep a person alive (no sleeping), though authenticity is a bit lacking. But it is an adventure fantasy movie after all. Some of the humour feels forced. Everyone spends their time preforming confusing plot movements that are undoubtedly invaluable — but you’re not quite sure why they’re doing them. Still, if you liked the first two, it’s worth the watch. Even if it’s just one watch.
In one word: Confusing.
They obviously had a handful of stories that the first two movies had created, and all story lines needed to be tied off. They did that, but at the cost of losing a huge chunk of fans. It seems to take forever to get anywhere and it’s hard to keep up with the rapid changes in the different character’s agendas. But they are pirates after all.
You can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest.
Trevor lives in a Kombivan. He has seen more of Australia then any kid he knows. He wears clothes his mum makes, has his hair long, and doesn’t like meat. His parents don’t have a fixed address or full-time work.
Trevor is different.
So why is that unacceptably strange?
Maybe, as they stay in a caravan park in a little country town, all Trevor needs to do is show them he’s not stupid. Show them being different is okay. Maybe he just needs to play football.
He’s never done it before. He doesn’t particularly like it. But he’s going to do it.
If he can handle Mr. Fuller, the infamous teacher and football coach, that plain doesn’t like Trevor. If he can’t, then he’ll always be different. And he’ll never belong…
“Why is it, Trevor Huon, that you never see fit to wear appropriate school clothing?”
Trevor looked down at what he was wearing.
“Why do we have to put with the sight of you in sandals, jeans — usually patched — and hair that constantly looks untidy, mainly because it needs cutting?”
Shut up… Trevor thought to himself and aloud said, “I don’t know, sir,” not so much to the teacher as to the floor.
“Neither do I. I suppose it’s too much to hope that you will deign to appear in proper school clothing, but it would be appreciated if you could wear decent shoes and socks, like the rest of us. Now sit down.”
In My Opinion…
Author: Simon French
Genre: Kids Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars
I had read a book by Simon French before, liked it, and so when I picked up this book, I expected a decent read. And I had it.
It’s not your run-of-the-mill book about a typical kid with a typical adventure. Trevor Huon is different. Unforgivably different to the “normal” kids. He doesn’t care that he doesn’t have a “real” home, or that he has no close friends, or that his parents aren’t like everyone else’s. He’s determined, stubborn — and questioning. Why stick at playing football when you have no friends, when your coach doesn’t like you, when you don’t have a particular love for the game? Because you want to prove something.
Maybe you want to prove that being different doesn’t make you dumb.
It’s a good book, well worth the read. The story-line moves along in a graceful arch, though never steady enough for the reader to figure out exactly what will happen. It’s not about the action or the setting, not about being intense or knuckle-whitening. The book is about the characters. The book is about being different.
Well written; deep round characters; realistic dialogue; and with a heart all it’s own — Cannily, Cannily, is a book you won’t forget.