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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 26, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Johnny Depp at sea

I just may have to declare next week Johnny Depp Week on this blog; he’s starring in “Public Enemies” as 1930s gangster John Dillinger, and of course he’s terrific. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him on the big screen (“Sweeney Todd” came out a year and a half ago); he’s not one of those actors that overwhelms us with his presence, but rather leaves us perpetually wanting more. (Christian Bale, who co-stars in “Public Enemies,” has been rather more visible; there were moments in the film where you couldn’t help but wonder if he was thinking of summoning the Batmobile.)
And though no one will mistake the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies as the highlight of Depp’s career, his Jack Sparrow remains a comedy triumph and seemed just the thing to revisit for the weekend — particularly since this sort of twitchy silliness is quite the opposite of what Depp’s doing in “Public Enemies.” This clip irresistibly puts together some Depp highlights from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” the second movie of the trio (and the last good one). My favorite line isn’t included — the one where Jack Sparrow, urged by Elizabeth to seize the moment and do the right thing, swaggers off with an airy “I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by” — but these are some good ones, particularly the very to-the-point “Hide the rum.” Have a lovely weekend, all.

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