Frankly, I enjoyed myself. Oh this not Oscar™material by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not as good as the first Pirates of The Caribbean film, but this movie entertained and it was fun.
Of course you have to accept that this is an unreal movie, like Pirates, or Alladin. So the heros are capable of amazing feats. There are no surprises in the plot, the film is capably written, acted, and directed. For summer popcorn fare this worked just fine.
Two things of note.
1) Alfred Molina stole every freakin’ scene he was in. The man is an amazing actor and his comic sense was spot on. He’s underworld business man was a great addition to the story and he never failed to bring a laugh.
2) If I were to cast the voice of Niven’s Puppeteers it would be Gemma Arterton In this film and in Clash of The Titans I was memorized and seduced by her voice. The effect I think Niven wants for his Puppeteers.
This movie was not enough of a hit with me that I will buy it on disc, but it was worth a morning’s matinee price.