Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

World’s End

Last night I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The kids saw it at Safeway the other day, and having just been allowed to watch the first movie, wanted to make sure we had the complete set.

I really liked the first movie, and thought the second was perfectly entertaining, but this one suffered from the same problem that plagued Spider-Man 3 and Matrix Revolutions: namely, the writers seemed to hope that putting in five plots, gigantic special effects, and endless action would hide the absence of a single good idea and clear story. And the final disposition of the main characters, especially Will Turner, is a total let-down.

You know it’s a bad sign when you’re watching a movie that features a guy with an octopus face, for goodness sake, and you react to some new plot twist with the thought, “Now that’s implausible.”

[To the tune of Bombay Dub Orchestra, “The Berber of Seville (The Berber of Suburbia Mix),” from the album “Bombay Dub Orchestra“.]

1 Comment

  1. Mr Pang, I am danny bloom in Taiwan, from USA. You are a futurist? Cool. I wonder what you might think about my idea of polar cities for the future survivors of global warming in 2500 or so.

    http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

    Much info about this on google under term of “polar cities” , go look or see my blog here: would love to know your POV pro or con. polar cities. do you think they might come to be?

    http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

    also, re cyberspace, so what;’s next. email me and tell me. i am a reporter in Taiwan and online to the world. i do not live in any physical place. I live everywhere. SMILE

    email me danbloom GMAIL

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