The sly star of 'Pirates': You don't know Jack

The reviews are in — and it’s Jack who turns in the best performance in the new Pirates movie. The character is antic and hilarious, and the film livens up whenever he’s on screen. The critics, who have little nice to say about this summer’s latest money-making machine, have nothing but praise for Jack.Take Robert W. Butler, of the Kansas City Star, for instance. He admits, "I was actually quite taken with Jack the Monkey, a member of the Black Pearl’s crew who runs circles around his human co-stars when it comes to acrobatic stunts and generating laughs." Moira Macdonald, of the Seattle Times, is equally smitten: "The attention to detail is impressive (watch the nuances in the performance of a tiny costumed monkey)…"Well, who did you think we were talking about?

The one good thing about the movie being 2 hrs. and 47 mins. long is that Jack the Monkey finally gets the screen time he deserves!Who else loves him — and where does he fall on your list of great movie animals? He’s no Hooch, but he’s not that poor Golden Retriever who had to hump everything in Because I Said So, either.

P.S. I actually enjoyed Pirates (after the fourth time I mouthed "What’s happening?" to the person sitting next to me). You may be ready to bolt, but stay through the credits. There’s a final scene that’s worth watching… even if it doesn’t include Jack.


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  • Dushenka

    I’ve just come back from the movies with my head still full of pirate songs, story turns and twists and whatnot. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED “Pirates 3″.
    To me, this is a blockbuster who challenges its audience with enough plotlines to keep them on the edge of their seat. I wasn’t bored for one minute and so enjoyed what the actors brought to their characters. The only thing that was less than ideal was the lack of fireworks/sparkle/passion/whatever between Liz and Will.
    Loved the filmakers sense of adventure though with the almost avantguard-is turn in Davie Jones’ Locker.
    Usually, blockbuster productions are so afraid to try out stuff – not so the “Pirates”… “Hey ho!” to them!
    I cannot believe why the critics didn’t like it. This is actually a popcorn movie where you have to bring your brain (otherwhise you’ll definitely be lost after two minutes)…

  • LMF

    I wish I had read this before we went to go to the movie today; my husband and I were so BORED that we ran out as soon as the movie was over. There is no way I am sitting through that again to see what happens after the credits.

  • Richard

    The Monkey had some very good moments. But so did the Parrot. And the cameo from the key toting Dog managed to keep the Sea Turtles joke going a bit longer. Props to the animal actors.
    And props to ILM for what were some really good special effects.
    I didn’t have any trouble following the multiple plots lines. (Just pay attention, people. Do movie critics pay attention to the movies they review anymore?)
    I enjoyed the the film and was lucky enough to watch with a packed house of lively Pirate fans last night. The cinema had hired a Johnny Depp look a-like who appeared in an amazingly detailed Captain Jack Sparrow costume. He gave everyone a gold coin as they entered for the show. Alas, it was only a plastic gold coin. But the dude looked like he had just stepped out of a Disney theme park. I was slightly amazed by the effort.

  • V

    Was anyone else depressed by the ending? (including the end of credits seen and the Will & Elizabeth ending before the credits)

  • V

    Was anyone else depressed by the ending? (including the end of credits seen and the Will & Elizabeth ending before the credits)

  • Adrienne

    I loved Pirates 3. I thought it was great. I saw the movie in digital projection which made the special effects (like the whirlpool scene) look awesome.
    The ending was sad, but I think it fits. And everyone should definitly stay till the end of the credits. That was a great ending scene.

  • leia

    It was a great movie! And has anyone reviewed Geoffrey Rush’s performance? He’s the BEST pirate, hands down! It’s almost scary how good he is at it. I don’t understand why Bill Nighy gets props, Geoffrey Rush seems so much like a REAL pirate, it’s scary. Somehow I felt like he held the movie together.

  • Anna

    I LOVED Pirates! Yes, I was a bit confused in parts.. but, generally, I was very entertained… I didn’t even realize how long the movie was until I left!

  • Maeve

    OMG why did you have to mention Hooch? I had suppressed that childhood trauma.

  • becky

    leia, I agree- Geoffrey Rush as Barbosa was the best performance by far to me- he’s so Piratey!!!

  • Pirates Rule

    At World’s End ROCKED and I hope they do make more pirates movies. Anyone who was bored or didn’t know what was going on (like this reviewer) obviously wasn’t paying attention. This film was written very creatively and intelligently. Far surpassed my hopes and expectations, and I will see it again and again and again…

  • Courtney

    I also enjoyed Pirates very much. I went in with an open mind and very few expectations, and thought it was great! I agree that the end was rather melancholy, but it could have been far worse.

  • Sandy

    Really enjoyed the movie, although there were story points I wished had been explored more. I understand that the whole Calypso thing was used to unite the Breathren, etc., but that was a lot of story to use just to move the primary plot along. And the Davey Jones/Tia Dalma deserved more than a 5-minute scene. That being said, I had little issue figuring out the plot and enjoyed it immensely. Liked the beefed-up animal roles too.

  • Jennie

    I agree that Geoffrey Rush makes the pirate movies much better. I disliked the second movie for many reasons (one being Rush was absent till the end), but I really enjoyed this movie. I felt it was a good ending. The monkey was adorable, and I’m glad they changed the character from spooky dead monkey to adorable companion.

  • Silvia

    I just hope Tia Dalma’s words aren’t as mumbled as they were in POTC 2.

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