The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the second installment in The Lord of the Rings series, the plot following Frodo and Sam continuing their journey towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli who reunited with Gandalf to join the Battle of Helm’s Deep, and Merry and Pippin who join the Ents to help plan an attack on Isengard.…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, starring Johnny Depp, Kevin McNally, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, with Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, and Keira Knightley. The five installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to On Stranger Tides, following Jack Sparrow (Depp) who must find the Trident of Poseidon to stop an old nemesis, Captain Salazar (Bardem) and his ghost crew. Positives: Great characters Good performances Great special effects Great score Good action Good humor Interesting…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 epic fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, and Geoffrey Rush.  Serving as the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to Dead Man’s Chest, following Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and Hector Barbossa who rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker,  preparing to fight the East India Trading Company, led by Cutler Beckett, who controls Davy Jones. Positives: Good story Terrific soundtrack Great characters Good action…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a 2006 fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Tom Hollander, and Bill Nighy.  The second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl, and follows Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) who discovers his debt to the supernatural Captain Davy Jones (Nighy) is due. Positives: Great performances Great visuals Good humor Great cast Great characters Great use of practical and make-up effects Great soundtrack Good story Negatives:…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, and Geoffrey Rush.  It is the first installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and follows pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Bloom) as they rescue the kidnapped Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl captained by Hector Barbossa (Rush), who become undead skeletons at night. Positives: Great performances Great characters Original story Great…

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the first installment in The Lord of the Rings series, and follows hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) who comes into possession of the One Ring and joins a band of eight companions who form the Fellowship of the Ring to journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the only place where…

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