First off, I am happy to announce that the wedding of Erich and Laura Neumann was very successful last Saturday at the Capitol Theatre. Everyone in attendance seemed to like the unique venue and had a good time.
This weekend, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens up and the franchise gets a reboot, with only Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush (and a Keith Richards cameo) returning from the original trilogy.
Penélope Cruz joins the cast as Captain Jack’s former love interest and Ian McShane (Deadwood) as her father, Blackbeard.
Together, if they are not fighting each other, they must deal with zombies and mermaids in order to reach the Fountain of Youth.
The movie actually draws inspiration from the book On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers, which also inspired the Monkey Island series of video games (whose creator also credits the Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland ride for the game’s ambience).
Rated PG with a warning of violence, Pirates is playing in 3D at the Grand 10 and Capitol theatres and in 2D at the Paramount.
Also at the Paramount tonight, if you arrive by 6 p.m., there is a red carpet premiere event with a pirate costume contest, in-theatre giveaways and other chances to win prizes.
Charlotte Brontë’s classic story of Jane Eyre has already been adapted numerous times to both the big and small screen and the latest is opening at the Paramount Theatre this weekend.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is getting stunning reviews as the mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer but discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret. Based upon 82 per cent favourable reviews according to Rottentomatoes.com, the website’s consensus is that “Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) directs a fiery and elegant adaptation, while Wasikowska delivers possibly the best portrayal of the title character ever.”
Next week, movie fans get to see two big sequels a little early, thanks to the Memorial Day long weekend in the U.S.
Opening on Wednesday at the Grand 10 is Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom in 3D as the lovable panda with the voice of Jack Black is back with his menagerie of martial arts mates to again battle the forces of evil (it opens next Friday at the Capitol Theatre).
And the boys are back to battle another hangover (this time in Bangkok) in The Hangover Part II, opening on Thursday at the Capitol Theatre with a special advance screening on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is rated G with a warning of violence and The Hangover Part II is rated 18A with as much potentially offensive (and often hilarious) material as the first one had.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.