Category: Wet ‘n’ Wild

I remember being in Disneyland with the whole fam the day this movie came out and my Dad decided we should drop by the Downtown Disney AMC and see it (it doesn’t take much convincing to get him into a theater). I hadn’t been overly impressed by the trailers, but I had just been on the ride, so it seemed as good a time as any to check it out. And I have to say, the energy of that audience was electric. I have never experienced anything like it (outside of a midnight showing for a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movie). There was gasping, cheering, laughter and when the screen went black, there was actual honest-to-goodness applause. It was amazing. I left that theater feeling like I had been a part of something awesome.

However, I also left the theater feeling really confused. TCofBP‘s plot is more than just a little convoluted, and it took several more viewings plus a lengthy explanation/play-by-play from my siblings for things to finally become clear. So, I am going to try to keep my synopsis short and simple and hope I make sense.

Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is the daughter of the Governor of Port Royal, and a bit of a pirate fangirl. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is a blacksmith’s apprentice (who actually does all of his master’s work) and has a thing for Miss Swann. When Elizabeth falls into the sea from a corset-induced fainting spell, the gold medallion she’s wearing (that originally belonged to Will) sends out a signal to a ship of cursed pirates who come a-calling. Meanwhile, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), former captain of the cursed crew, has arrived in Port Royal searching for a ship and revenge on his traitorous first mate (Geoffrey Rush). When the pirates kidnap Elizabeth, Will teams up with Jack to get her back.

There. That wasn’t so bad, was it? Johnny is positively inspired here (and deservedly received his first Oscar nom). Captain Jack is one of the coolest characters to swagger across a movie screen, ever. Keira hadn’t done much before this (unless you’re a Bend It Like Beckham fan), but Pirates of the Caribbean catapulted her onto the A-list. Orlando does some of his best acting, but let’s be honest, he’s pretty much here for his looks and not much else. Geoffrey relishes the part of nasty Barbossa and it’s no wonder that he came back to play the part three more times.

The music is perfect–a consummate pirate theme. The costumes are sumptuous (I got to touch Johnny Depp’s actual costume and almost died right then…but that’s another story), the sets are mindblowing and the swordfights are epic. My only quibble (aside from the confusing plot) is the excessive gore. These are Disney movies, people! Can I take my Grandma to see it? No, no I can’t.

In honor of Jack’s beloved ship, here is Wet ‘n’ Wild Fantasy Maker’s Black Pearl. The name is misleading, because this is a straight up black creme. Nothing pearly about it. What makes it special, though, is it’s amazing formula. One coat! And it also dries pretty fast, making it my go-to petticoat polish. ~K

Some people didn’t like Nora Ephron’s Bewitched.  I am not some people.  I happen to love it.  Granted, the story is a little out there—okay a lot out there, but it works for me.  I’m going to say mostly because of the actors, particularly Will Ferrell (hilarious, there’s nothing else I can say), Nicole Kidman (having more fun than I have ever seen…her…have), Michael Caine (who doesn’t love him?), and Shirley McLaine (she was born to play a crazy witch).

Here’s a quick plot run-down: Nicole Kidman is a bona fide witch and she’s decided she wants to just be a normal girl, much to the chagrin of her warlock father, Michael Caine.  She moves to LA, where she bumps into a washed up movie star, Will Ferrell, who’s looking for a Samantha to his Darrin for a rebooted Bewitched TV show.  Because he is such a hot mess, she falls for him and agrees to do the show.  He proves to be a jerky prima donna, which makes Nicole mad.  There’s a bit of spell casting, a little falling in love, and a whole lot of laughs.

This is one of the most oft quoted movies in our house.  Watching the movie, you have to wonder how much of it was ad-libbed by Will Ferrell.  As a warning, Will Ferrell is very comfortable with his body, and he doesn’t mind showing it off.

Steve Carrell makes a funny cameo, as does Kristen Chenoweth.  No matter what anyone else says, I think Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman are great together.  He is actually taller than she is, which had to be an interesting change of pace for her.

Wet ‘N Wild’s Under Your Spell seemed like a good fit for Bewitched, since both Nicole and Will fall under each other’s spells (Will quite literally).  This polish was a lovely color; it reminded me of black cherry soda, which I have always loved.  This picture is two coats and a top coat.

This is another ManiCurve polish brush, which means the brush is super fat and unwieldy, at least for me.  I think with more practice, I might learn to like it, but for right now, I just don’t.  I always get polish all over my cuticles, which requires a lot of tidying up.  I don’t like that.

Although the polish was impressive, I didn’t fall completely under its spell.  Bewitched, however, is a totally different story. ~E

Personally, I think a movie that has Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, and the Dwayne the Rock Johnson in it would be hard pressed to be anything but awesome.  So unsurprisingly, Get Smart is pretty awesome.

Watching it this time around, I laughed like crazy when Steve Carell is in the airplane bathroom (trust me, it’s funny) or when he is dancing with a rather large woman while undercover.  Steve Carell is perfectly cast as the bumbling Maxwell Smart, an analyst working for the secret government agency CONTROL, but who longs to work in the field.  After CONTROL’s nemesis organization KAOS attacks their headquarters, only Maxwell’s and Agent 99’s (Anne Hathaway) identities are unknown, so into the field they go.

I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, since there is a traitor amongst the agents working for CONTROL, but all the actors seem to be enjoying themselves.  Dwayne Johnson has a great scene where he is stuck working in an office after everyone’s identities are compromised and he takes out his frustrations on a co-worker with a stapler.  I think the best part is Alan Arkin’s (the head of CONTROL) response.  Terrence Stamp is great as the leader of KAOS, and Bill Murray makes a funny cameo.  Oh, and James Caan makes an appearance as the President of the United States.  He does his best exaggerated impression of George W. Bush.

I thought this movie would be super easy to find a nail polish for, but I struggled.  Shouldn’t there be a million polishes out there with spy names, or any that have names having to do with intelligence (since the movie is called Get Smart)?  Well, there probably are, but I didn’t have any in my possession.  I went to Wal Mart and happened upon Wet N Wild’s Undercover, which seemed like a promising name.

To be honest, I haven’t used a Wet N Wild polish since probably high school.  I decided to give this one a try and there were pros and cons.  First of all, I’ve never been a huge fan of pink and red nail polishes.  I know, those are the most obvious color choices for polishes, but I have never really liked them.  As you can see, this polish is kind of a dark, dusty rose color.  Once I got it on, I actually quite liked it.  I thought the color was a nice match for my skin tone.  Second, I’m not a huge fan of cremes, but this one worked for me.  I put on two coats and left off the top coat, and I didn’t have any issues with damaging the paint job.  I might start leaving the top coat off altogether when I put on cremes.

Now for the cons.  The brush is weird.  I don’t know if it’s bad, or if I just wasn’t used to it, but it’s called a ManiCurve Pro Brush and it is huge.  I am not the neatest when it comes to putting on nail polish, and this made my sloppiness even worse.  On the plus side, it got my nails covered pretty quickly.  Maybe I’ll have to give the brush another chance to come to a decent conclusion.

Like I said, I was not surprised that I liked Get Smart.  Wet N Wild’s Undercover on the other hand, for the most part, left me pleasantly surprised.  ~E

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