Breaking the Bank to See a Double Feature

Another in what looks like a long line of “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies

The Mister and I busted open the piggy bank so we could see matinee movies this past weekend. Sunday the whole family enjoyed “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Our two sons  liked the first three flicks and were anxious to watch this latest iteration. Isn’t it amazing how many movies that Disney can make money on that were inspired by a Disneyland ride?

Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz team up.

This latest “Pirates” film as usual stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, a pirate in need of a ship. He runs into a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), who turns out to be the daughter of the notorious pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Captain Jack ends up as a worker on Blackbeard’s ship as they race against former pirate turned privateer Hector Barbossa (played wonderfully, of course, by Geoffrey Rush) and the Spaniards to find the Fountain of Youth.

Sidebar: As I watched Jack Sparrow and his fellow workers scrubbing the decks of Blackbeard’s ship, it made me wonder why in the world pirates would care whether or not a ship was clean or dirty. They sure didn’t care about whether they themselves were clean or dirty!

Jack Sparrow and Barbossa work together . . . for awhile.

There’s plenty of great action in “Pirates” to satisfy the guys. However, because it is a Disney movie, it seems fairly innocent (as in fewer deaths and blood being shed). I did enjoy the storytelling and the music, but I must admit that I’m not a Penélope Cruz fan. She’s harder to understand than the British actors and actresses!

“Pirates of the Caribbean 4” isn’t a must-see in the theater, but it does look great on the big screen. As will the fifth movie (the Mister predicts that there will be 10 total).

“Everything Must Go”

Will Ferrell lives in his yard sale.

Saturday the Mister and I saw “Everything Must Go,” which was in direct contrast with the fun of “Pirates 4.” I’m not a big Will Ferrell fan, but I was interested in seeing him in a dramatic role.

Ferrell plays Nick Halsey, an all-star salesman who sees his world collapse due to his alcoholism: He loses his job, and his wife leaves him, putting all his possessions in their front yard and changing the locks on the doors. His company car is hauled off, and he has hit rock bottom with absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel.

Nick Halsey and Kenny strike a deal.

Nick’s luck begins to change with the help of teenaged Kenny (well-played by newcomer Christopher Jordan Wallace), whose mom takes care of an elderly neighbor down the street. They both teach each other valuable lessons that will enable both to succeed in life.

Farrell does a great job with this role. He plays Nick as a nice guy who desperately needs to quit drinking. “Everything Must Go” may be one for the Netflix queue, but it’s worth seeing in the theater . . . if you have enough money in your piggy bank.

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