I was reluctant to watch this movie, because of its lack of box office success (175 million gross) and mediocre press, and the controversy that followed, with the producer, Jerry Brockheimer, the co-lead actor, Armie Hammer, and the director Gore Verbinski accusing critiques of writing bad reviews before the movie was released to be critiqued.
But I always enjoyed Johnny Depp’s performances, so I thought we would sit together as a family and give it a try. Here are my thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed this Disney movie, and so did my husband and teenage daughter. While it was not a blockbuster at the likes of Marvel creations, it was funny, with several laugh out loud moments, most of them involving either the banter between the two main characters, or parts including the white horse, that plays a rather large role in this film.
Granted, it is not a movie to watch over and over again, but it is charming, the plot engaging and there are no boring moments throughout the entire running time. It is also a movie one can watch with the entire family, without it being so lacking of action, that older children would have problems enjoying the story. There are not very many bad things I can say about this film, with the exception that Armie Hammers acting felt on a few occasions a little flat and that the main villain was somewhat predictable.
If you have not seen it, it is worth renting. Currently it is also available on HBO.
Here is a peak at the movie via it’s trailer: