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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dessert: Moo Cow Frozen Yogurt @ The Gardens Mall

For those who don't know already, my house is within 10 minute walking distance of Mid Valley and The Gardens. In school days that meant I was hanging around there 3-4 times a week on average, but now that I'm immersed in the working world, I don't get to spend half as much time as I would like there. That means I miss out on all the new shops opening in the mall, like this one for example, Moo Cow Frozen Yogurt located one floor below GSC Signature in Gardens.

I have to give it to Mid Valley / Gardens management for knowing how to make full use of space. Before there used to be nothing in that space except for some chairs and benches. Now, there's a brand-spanking new frozen yogurt stall there, complete with tables and chairs. Who would have thought?

The frozen yogurt concept should not be alien to most KL-ites by now. Another frozen yogurt chain by the name of Tutti Frutti has been springing up like mushrooms all over the Klang Valley. The concept is interesting - fill up your cup with whatever amount of yogurt you want, slap on whatever toppings you want too, and at the end you pay according to how much the cup weighs.   

At Moo Cow, things are a bit different. Yes, there's the familiar topping section and yogurt-dispensing levers are all still present, but here customers don't have a free reign on their serving sizes. It's more traditional in that sense, where you just pick the flavour + toppings and get charged a standard rate. Besides that, while Tutti Frutti may have different flavours at every outlet, the Moo Cow in Gardens only has their Original yogurt and whatever seasonal flavours of the day they may have - it was Wheatgrass and Root Beer while we were there.

I won't say whether Tutti Frutti or Moo Cow has a better concept. Both have pros and cons to me. I appreciate how Tutti Frutti gives me free reign over the amount of yogurt or toppings I want, but Moo Cow definitely wins in the quality and price department I think. Also if you're the kind thats always looking out for healthy food alternatives (I'm not one of those btw), then you'll probably be hooked by the emphasis on healthy toppings at Moo Cow. This I can definitely vouch for, as the toppings are healthy choices like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and apricot bits.

I, being a purist, went for the original flavour yogurt. And because I don't like toppings, I just had some chocolate sauce as my topping. But being a purist, one mouthful of the yogurt and I knew that this was truly yogurt! If you have ever been to an Indian restaurant and like those sweet lassi drinks, then this is definitely for you. It tastes nearly exactly the same, except that is a drink and  this is like ice cream! I know some might find the flavour too overpowering, and I think the owners know it too, hence the choice of other seasonal flavours. But for those who just love plain yogurt, then you're really in for a treat at Moo Cow. =)

Wendy went for one of the seasonal flavours, namely the Root Beer flavour with sunflower seed toppings. The seeds were a recommendation from the staff, because she didn't know what toppings would go with root beer flavour yogurt (which is very understandable). Kudos to the staff for knowing their stuff though, because the two things combined very well together. The root beer flavour was sweet, taking a bit of an edge off the original yogurt taste perfectly, while the sunflower seeds provided a little bit of savoury tinge to balance out the sweetness of the yogurt.

The root beer flavour was also unique because we could actually taste a bit of fizz in the yogurt, like as if it was carbonated yogurt. It's not surprising because the root beer is mixed in after the yogurt is made, so obviously there will be a bit of fizz inside. It's definitely something worth giving a go, and will appeal to the tastebuds of many.

So in a nutshell, Moo Cow is definitely something you have to try at least once. Bring a friend or two along as well so together you can try all the flavours! This is an experience not to be missed... :)

Moo Cow Frozen Yogurt | Facebook
Lot T-K02, 3rd Floor,
The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Food: Duduk Cafe @ Solaris Dutamas

Duduk Cafe

Adam and I seem to be addicted to buying group discount vouchers - one of our latest being the Groupon Malaysia for Duduk Cafe, a little comfy bistro nestled in the abyss that is Solaris Dutamas in Mont Kiara. The deal gave us two customized burgers and a milkshake each for only RM 35 instead of RM 75.90 :D

Mont Kiara isn't really a place we go to often because it's pretty out of the way from where we usually are. However, a few Thursdays ago, I had to be in the area because my CPA exams were held there and we pounced on the opportunity to visit Duduk Cafe and Solaris Dutamas for the first time.

The Toffee Nut milkshake. This was really yummy; there the was nice fragrant flavour of butterscotch and sticky caramel perfectly drizzled all around the glass. One thing that puzzled me however, was the lack of chocolate as the Toffee Nut description on the menu said it was "chocolate butterscotch craze". Didn't matter though, I think I kind of preferred it the way it was; without any chocolate.

Adam's Pink Panther, which was a concoction of strawberries and banana. I don't really fancy strawberry, but according to him, it was a good mixture. 

There was too much ice for my liking, making it seem more like an ice-blended drink from Coffee Bean instead of the smooth milky texture of a milkshake, but in the afternoon heat, I have to say, this ice-blended seemed like a godsend.

There seemed to be a lot more interesting shakes available on their menu. Kinder Bueno? Snickers? Yes, please! :D

Being Malaysian to the tee, we ordered all the toppings available (beef bacon, sauteed mushrooms, egg, cheese & chicken toast strip) for our burgers after the waiter told us we could have as many as we wanted. You can also add on sauces to your heart's desire (BBQ, mustard, black pepper, Tabasco, chilli and tomato).

The burgers came tall, and topped with the sauteed mushrooms we both ordered. A little surprising because the Chinese mushrooms were used, but no complaints there because they were juicy and aromatic, sauteed with a generous amount of garlic for maximum taste. One thing I have to commend Duduk for is their generosity with toppings & sauce... notice that the burgers have been piled on so much that both burgers arrived identical; the patties were totally hidden from view! :D

The chicken patty was pretty basic as chicken patties go. According to Adam, it was rather bland on it's own, but I thought it was all right mopped up with all the various flavours that came together with it.

The beef (see what I mean about generosity?) burger which I had. It was slightly more flavourful than the chicken, but still not top on my list of beef patties. It didn't taste as meaty as I would have liked, but it was made better with some runny yolk from the egg, the salty flavour from the bacon and the garlic-y mushrooms all together. In fact, I think the fun from eating these burgers come from the customization of it all, really. It's also a little reminiscient of a Ramly burger, thanks to the egg. I didn't really care much for the burger bun however; I found it to be too dry.

The one thing that really bugged me was the amount of flies there was. I'm not sure if it was because of where we were sitting or because of what we were eating, but the flies - both kitchen flies and smaller food flies - would stop bugging us. It's a shame, because we would really liked to have tried some of their dessert but the flies made sure we had an early end to our lunch.

After exam me.

Half day leave Adam.

The bar where the milkshake magic happens.

Simple & cozy decor
Duduk has got some tatami style seats as well as an outdoor section. I wouldn't recommend sitting outside in the day time because the construction work going on in the opposite building can get rather noisy (and well, this heat has been crazy anyway! :S) 

From flipping through the menu, Duduk Cafe has got quite an interesting selection of food. From their customizable burgers, to local treats, to even a range of Japanese and a pageful of yummy-looking desserts, I might come back again to give it another go if I'm ever in the area.

A tip for people intending to find Duduk Cafe - the Solaris Dutamas underground parking is a maze! Because the area is so big, look for the signs in the basement that point you toward Block D3. It's probably the best bet to park as near to the sign as possible, else you might have to end up traipsing around Solaris Dutamas cause the area looks really big. Unless of course, you're familiar with the area.

Once parked, take the elevator up to floor G3, and look for Duduk Cafe!


Duduk Cafe | Site
D3-G3-01 Solaris Dutamas,
No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beverage: Chatime @ SSTwo Mall vs. Gong Cha @ The Gardens Mall

Back when we were still in high school, there was this huge craze over bubble tea. I was one of those that could never understand what was the big deal about it, and I never tried, not until 2007 in Melbourne with Zhen Han did I finally start drinking bubble tea.

But it seems like bubble tea is making a resurgence! Thanks to better variety and quality of product (not to mention steeper prices), the bubble tea craze is definitely back in town. This post is going to be dedicated  to the 2 latest bubble tea outlets to hit the market - Gong Cha and Chatime. Which one do we think is better?

Of the 2, Gong Cha is definitely the less known one. In fact I didn't even know it existed until I went for my regular haircut at Jantzen at The Gardens, and passed this shop on the way there. Wendy and I were immediately intrigued. Firstly because of it's charming exterior decor, and secondly because of it's location.

We were intrigued by the location because frankly we didn't think it was very good. Hidden round the corner at the Isetan end of Gardens, I know for sure this outlet won't get as many people walking by. I wouldn't know it was there unless I either walked past that area of the mall, or if someone had told me where to go. I'm waiting to see if their popularity will be enough to maintain their sales to meet costs over the next several months. Right now it does seem to be doing well though, since by 12 p.m. there was a sizable crowd gathered outside already.

For our taste test, Wendy went for the Gong Cha Special Milk Green Tea, 70% sugarregular iceadd pearl for RM 1 - RM 6.90 altogether. Yes I know it sounds damn technical, and it really is because customers actually get a choice between the different percentages of sugar and ice to put into your tea. For example, if you want less ice you can ask for 50%, or if you want MORE ice (I don't know who would want more lah..) then you can even ask for 150% ice. Doesn't it feel like they've got bubble tea down to a science?

Surprisingly the tea was pretty sweet even though it was only 70% sugar. Definitely the most unique thing about this drink was the Foam Milk that formed an interesting combination with green tea. They have two different types of milk, this one and the usual powdered creamer; this one is their specialty. The foam was sweet and frothy, and it actually tasted like santan towards the end. We didn't really know what was the best thing to do with the foam, so we ended up drinking the tea with bits of foam. In the end after the tea was all gone we were left with a big serving of foam, which was nice on its own, but really sweet and filling after awhile. Maybe next time we should mix the foam with the tea.
Wendy had heard of Gong Cha before, and had been told the 'pearls' here were better than Chatime. Unfortunately we didn't think so. The pearls felt tougher, although the green tea was rather refreshing.

For me, I went with the Milk Tea with Herbal Jelly with 70% sugar and regular ice at RM 5.90. It was refreshing and nice, but overall we felt the tea was not as fragrant as Chatime. Neither was the 70% sugar as sweet as the green tea. I would have preferred having normal 100% sugar. However the jelly was nice with good herbal taste, and it was springier than those at Chatime.

Enticing pictures to whet the appetite of customers
On the other hand, Chatime outlets seem to be springing up everywhere! So far I've been to the ones in SS2 Mall and Mid Valley, and I've heard there's one in Sunway too. I dare say that Chatime seems to have single-handedly reignited the bubble tea craze from out of thin air. 

A more acceptable queue at Chatime in SS2 Mall

If you think I'm exaggerating when I describe it as a craze, then you obviously haven't seen the mass of people thronging the Chatime booths at The Gardens at all hours of the day. Imagine there is a queue number system for people waiting to collect their tea, and there can be up to 30 numbers waiting at any given time!

No 2 and No 1 on the best seller list respectively.
But is it really worth all that hype? Both of us have had Chatime more than once, but this is the only time we took pictures (a total fail as food bloggers I know). Me being the strawberry fan, definitely had to give the Strawberry Pudding Au Lait (number 2 on their top best seller list) at RM 5.90 a go! Wendy is less fussy, and just went for their supposedly number 1 favourite, Milk Tea with Grass Jelly at RM 5.90, with an additional RM 1 to have it served together with pearls.

I didn't know what to expect from my strawberry drink, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetness and flavour of it. The yellow pudding also went very well together with the strawberry, so that was definitely a winner for me, something Gong Cha doesn't do. I've already mentioned the herbal jelly is better at Gong Cha though, but thought the pearls here were softer and more flavourful. (However, people have been telling us the pearls at Gong Cha have been better so we may have to do another test to confirm that. =D)

List of top 10 best-sellers to help you make up your mind!

At one glance it is obvious Chatime beats Gong Cha hands down at variety. That can be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. I like to think businesses should try not to offer too many varieties, because all that happens is customers are left stumped with too many choices. In the end I think customers probably end up relying on a top 10 list like the one in the picture above to make decisions. It also can't be very efficient for the business, since the staff have to learn how to make 10001 types of bubble tea. But then again it might not be that difficult - I wouldn't know since I'm not in the business.. =P

All in all, it appears the battle for bubble tea customers is far from over. It's hard to pick a winner between the 2, since each have good and bad points. Gong Cha seems to be the healthier option with choices like wintermelon tea, green tea & even earl grey; whilst Chatime seems to target the younger market with a large multitude of more funky choices. Price-wise both Gong Cha and Chatime are about the same, with a cup of tea averaging at about RM6. For me, Chatime is definitely worth the money you pay, but Gong Cha is also definitely worth a try, because you may just find that more satisfying to your taste. =)

P/S - If you want to try Chatime but don't want to wait at the 45 minute queues in Mid Valley, try heading over to SS2 Mall. Parking there is still free, and the Chatime outlet there is definitely less crowded. If you make it there before the end of May, you even get 20% off for any Milk Tea with Grass Jelly drink. In fact many PJ folk pop by the mall just to get their fix of Chatime. You should too... =)

Gong Cha
S-238B, 2nd Floor,
The Gardens Mall,
Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.


G-K9, SSTwo Mall,
No. 40 Jalan SS2/72,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Monday, May 23, 2011

Food: Bread Basket @ Bangsar South

Often times people wonder if we always just have good things to say about the places we go to. I don't blame them; with the ever-rising number of food bloggers out there where some are paid for their reviews, it's not often one will come across a review that more dislikes than likes. This time though, we managed to find a place that we can safely and categorically say was an utter bad experience.

We ventured to Bread Basket after we bought discount vouchers from MilkADeal. The deal entitled us to a choice of 2 pastries, a sandwich, and a hot drink. It sounded like something good to have on a Saturday afternoon, so we went for it. Little did we know what was in store for us!!

The Unassuming Shop Exterior

Bread Basket is located in Bangsar South. For those who are unfamiliar and think it should be nearby Bangsar, be aware that Bangsar South is actually quite a distance from the more familiar places associated with Bangsar (think: Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre). If you know where S'mores is or have been before, then Bread Basket is in the same building as that.

The inside of the shop is small and simple, even smaller than what I was expecting. I think the kitchen at the back is bigger than the store front, but I can't confirm that. What you see in the picture is basically all the display shelves in the shop; not a lot I know. To the left of the guy in the picture is a small side table that holds an instant coffee maker. 

For our drinks, Wendy had a cup of tea and I went for a Milo. The weather that day was REALLY hot, and we were hoping for some ice cool drinks to bring down the temperature. But unfortunately, Bread Basket only serves hot drinks. If you're looking for something cold, then sorry sir, you'll have to go somewhere else. They didn't even have any ice for us to add into our hot drinks! So we were both stuck with 2 steaming cups of hot drinks on a sweltering hot day. Great.

Bread Basket also has no indoor seating. The shop interior only holds the pastry displays without any tables or chairs for customers (except for a couple of chairs for waiting people). If you come to Bread Basket, be prepared to sit outside. Like I said earlier, the weather that Saturday afternoon was just terrifyingly hot, and to find out we had to sit outside with only a little floor fan for company felt ridiculous. We took a picture of the "main table" that is just outside the front door. It looks like a very glamorous place to sit with a few girlfriends and gossip. Unfortunately unless your girlfriends are made of ice, they won't want to sit out there in the sweltering heat for too long. 

So after those 2 quick rants about drinks and seats, its on to the food!

From L-R: Butter Croissant, Mini Chicken Mushroom Pie, Mushroom Strudel and Hazelnut Bar

The pastry came first so I'll review that first. Since we each got to pick 2 pastries, we had 4 in total. Wendy went for the strudel and hazelnut bar while I chose the croissant and chicken pie.

First up is the Hazelnut Bar (RM 3.45). Sugar glazed and coated on the outside and sweet hazelnut on the inside, this was one of the acceptable pastries. It was a bit dry and tough, but the hazelnut flavour was present and noticeable so I pass this off as acceptable. Wendy was a bit more disappointed than I was, because she was expecting more of a nutella flavour to it. But for me, as a sweet pastry this one was edible.

Next up we have the Mushroom Strudel (RM 4.75). As you can see from the picture on the right, there wasn't much filling to the pastry. The filling tasted okay, accompanied with the smoky flavour of the sesame seeds, but this was also was slightly drier and tougher than we'd expected.

The Butter Croissant (RM 3.10) was no better. Although there was the croissant flavour and it did taste a bit buttery, the pastry felt like it had been on display since yesterday. Imagine us sitting around this tiny little glass coffee table, 4 pieces of pastry served in a small basket, and 2 of us using a cake fork and a regular knife (because they don't have proper cutlery either!) to saw through it. All that while sweat was running down the back of our necks. It was hardly a refined or polished sight.

Usually people save the best for last, but in this case we save the worst pastry for last. This was supposed to be a Mini Chicken Mushroom Pie (RM 2.10) that I picked out. Instead it was more like a Everything-That-Can-Go-Wrong-Just-Did Pie. Where do I start? The pastry was dry and hard; I was cutting through it like as if I was sawing wood. The filling inside, if you could even call it filling, was minuscule, and if there was any chicken in there it would take a few archeologists some time to find it.

Tomb Raider, anyone?
In a nutshell, it was just terrible. Of course, it might have just been our luck that on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm we happened to get all the last pieces of pastry. If I was optimistic then I would think that way.

And last but not in any way better than those mentioned above, are the sandwiches. These sandwiches had to be worth their wait in gold, because we certainly waited very very long for them! it took the kitchen about half an hour just to make 2 sandwiches, and there weren't even any other customers besides the both of us.

Out of 4 types of sandwiches, at first the counter girl said there was only 1 available, which was the tuna. Although that kind of cheesed me off, there was nothing we could do about it (on a side note, I hate when the things listed in a deal are not available. Makes me feel cheated.. -_-), But after half an hour when the sandwiches were finally ready, a ham sandwich miraculously appeared. So much for being out of everything else..=/

So was that 30 minute wait worth it for 2 sandwiches? Not. At. All. In fact I would have canceled it had I known it would turn out like this and if I could get my money back. Think I'm exaggerating? Take a look for yourself. Either one thin slice of chicken ham or a bit of tuna spread, HALF a slice of cheese, HALF a slice of tomato, and a thin piece of lettuce to cover up the tuna / ham, all between two pieces of rye bread. 

The bread was the most unique part, since it's not common to find places that use rye for their sandwiches. The crust was really hard but the inside was soft, but I guess this is a healthy alternative to white bread? But as for the rest of it..well..let's just say there isn't much else worth mentioning in this review. The tuna had a slightly spicy taste that actually tasted like it came from one of those Ayam Brand tins of tuna. Basically just don't order any sandwiches there. It will save you a lot of money and heartache. I'm just thankful we got all this off a discount voucher, so the damage to our pockets was much less. =/

So to conclude, are we going to come back here again? Not if we can help it. I think it's worth mentioning though that there are other reviews who paint this place in a good light, so don't just take our word for it. Do try it for yourselves and let us know what you think. =)

Bread Basket | Site
Unit G11, Ground Floor, The Sphere,
No.1 , Avenue 1, Bangsar South,
No.8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2241 3800
Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, 8am - 10pm, closed on Sundays

Friday, May 20, 2011

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Adam and I were pretty excited about the release of this Pirates movie; I think the trailer got us a little hyped up and so we decided to buy tickets in advance for the premiere on Thursday night. Which works, because then it's a little something to look forward to throughout the day at work. :)


So, there's this famed Fountain of Youth set far far away and because it's THE Fountain of Youth, obviously, it isn't going to be a breeze getting there. As though that ever stopped anybody in a movie.

The King of England is interested in the Fountain of Youth; however, the Spanish are already off on their way (Because, god forbid that Spain actually beat England at anything. Unless of course we're talking about football.) and he wants to get there first. To do so, he acquires the services of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), whom he has just captured, and Jack's old nemesis, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). However, upon hearing from Barbossa that his beloved Black Pearl ship has been destroyed, Jack goes off in a rage and escapes the palace.

Jack's escape from the palace - one of the more fun scenes.

Upon escape, he crosses paths with an exotic pirate-slash-ex lover, Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and we're treated with a totally random backstory on how he met and corrupted her in illitcious affair, resulting in her leaving the convent and resorting to the ways of piracy. (Drama much? :s) Because Jack will be of help, Angelica drugs him and gets him onboard the Queen's Anne Revenge under the watch of her father, Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane) whom surprise, surprise, is also heading towards the Fountain of Youth.

Trudging through forests to get to the fountain.

The journey is perilous, however. To reap the benefits of the Fountain of Youth, one would need a two chalices from the Ponce de Leon, a mystical shipwreck, and even more challenging, a tear from a mermaid. To get there, Jack and everyone else will have to land at Whitecap Bay which is guarded by a bevy of ethereal and alluring yet deadly mermaids.

With so many parties - BlackbeardBarbossa, the Spanish - running against time to reach the Fountain, and so many obstacles, who gets there first?


(For apparently $55 million bucks,) Johnny Depp returns as one of his most iconic characters yet - Captain Jack Sparrow. As always, Depp tackles the part with the flamboyance and quirk that we've come to expect, but almost with too much aplomb. His Captain Jack Sparrow here was more over the top compared to the first three movies, at times, making it feel as though it was done to appease the children audience.

With the departure of Will & Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightly respectively), the movie desperately needed some star power and some feminine sex appeal. Penelope Cruz, Depp's partner in the 2001 movie Blow, reunites with her onscreen partner some ten years later. The quick, strong and tough female pirate (firate?) is a solid onscreen match for Jack Sparrow well played by Cruz.

However, together, I wasn't really sold on them as lovers because all we got were some very random scenes of them together and suddenly Jack was insinuating that his knees were going weak and all that. I'd much rather them stay as rivals, as equals.

On a side note, I hated that silly cowboy looking hat she's wearing as though she just came off a Wild Wild West movie set. -_-

Depp with Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa

Ian McShane as Blackbeard
Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa and easily becomes the most effective character here after Jack Sparrow. Depp/Rush's chemistry also beats that of Depp/Cruz's and scenes containing the two neck-to-neck, are the better scenes in the movie. Equally imposing and memorable was the dark, sinister performance by Ian McShane as Blackbeard.

Promotional picture of the mermaids released by Disney. Now, wouldn't you like to net yourself one of these?

And last but not least, I can't go without talking about the most interesting addition to the Pirates chain - the mermaids. It was very disturbing to watch beautiful mermaids, in all their splendour and sparkle, turn into things that would make Jaws proud. I think all the men in the cinema recoiled when the transformation happened. :p

All ivory and mesmerizing, the mermaids capsized boats and took down men who crossed Whitecap Bay. They hissed and snarled and lasso-ed their victims into the dark depths of water! This is not what I remember of Disney, yikes. (But really, the underwater scenes of the scary mermaids were done very well.)

The forlorn Syrena, played by Astrid Berges-Frisbey

Newcomer Astrid Berges-Frisbey plays the beautiful stubborn mermaid Syrena who refuses to cry for Blackbeard's agenda. She was impressive, but her partner less so. I think she'll have good things coming her way, this actress.

The customary hunk picture. Sam Claflin as Philip.

Sam Claflin was Philip, a missionary tasked by Angelica to be on the ship, who almost immediately fell in love with Syrena. He had some of the cheesiest lines ever written as the knight in shining armour to Syrena, but as good looking as he was and as charming his accent was, he didn't manage to make those lines any better. Even though the two looked very good together, his love sub-story felt rushed and underdeveloped.

The missionary and the mermaid.

To sum things up, the movie felt a bit choppy. It felt as though a lot of the movie was spent trudging around in the jungle searching for the fountain; I would have preferred more scenes out at sea, on board majestic ships. I wasn't on the edge of my seat for the ending... it was almost as though the ending came wayyyy too easily for our heroes. Make them work a little! Swashbuckle a little more! :p

Not nearly enough of this!

 Also, I'm not sure if it was GSC or the cinematography, but some scenes were too dark and I had to struggle to make out what was happening onscreen. Besides that, absolutely beautiful shots of the outdoors as one would expect from a Pirates movie.

Another saving grace though, Hans Zimmer proves that you can never go wrong with him at the music helm. The Pirates theme by Hans Zimmer is one of my favourites by him, and he reinteprets it again for this movie, having it run throughout the action. Splendid. I can even still hear it in my head right now :D

Final verdict: Watch if you're a die-hard fan of the Pirates trilogy and/or Johnny Depp and never really cared much for Orlando Bloom & Keira Knightly anyway. Or if you like a bit of mindless action to relax your mind. Don't bother with watching it in 3D. Oh and dear Jerry Bruckheimer, thank you for ruining my Disney Princess vision of mermaids. Seriously.

Yeah, now yours is ruined too, right?

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