July 9th, 2006

Pirate - Calico Jack's flag

Plague

Friday's sore throat turned into the most painful sinus infection I've ever had in my life, with an intermittent dry cough. For most of Saturday, the sinus pain was intense enough to induce vertigo and nausea. So I'm going to do a lot of lying down and wishing I was dead for a little while. No, there isn't anything you can do to help; I just need to keep my fluids up and get plenty of rest, and take some OTC painkillers and sinus meds that I already have in the house, while my immune system finishes analyzing and responding to the situation.

I wouldn't mind, though, if somebody else who saw the movie would explain to me why the latest Johnny Depp movie from Disney is called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest when, so far as I can tell, there are no pirates in it? And I don't mean that there are pirates in it and they're historically inaccurate, I mean that none of the characters are actually pirates. Ex-pirates on the lam, yes, but there is no actual piracy in the whole movie unless I blinked and missed some.

Other than that, and Disney's usual mucking around in mythology and getting it all wrong, I thought it was a really good ghost story. In fact, the lead supernatural villains pass the test that supposedly no horror film has ever been able to pass -- they show us the supernatural bad guys in close up and broad daylight, and they're still just as scary as if you'd only gotten glimpses of them in the dark. Maybe more so. And Naomi Harris is both amazingly sexy and remarkably good as the Conjure Woman who seems to be the original source of Jack's powers. And one or two scenes had some vaguely interesting dialog, although the only one that comes to mind is the argument between Jack and Elizabeth over which is more likely, Jack becoming a hero or Elizabeth becoming a pirate. But that's one more than none. So yeah, it's very nearly a state-of-the-art ghost story. But I'm not crazy about ghost stories, or horror films in general. I went in with low expectations; I came out feeling the movie more or less lived down to my expectations and was, at least, no worse.