Pirates of the Caribbean: At Wit’s End

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Over the weekend we took the entire family to see Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End, or “P3” as Son #1 likes to call it. We don’t hit the theater all that often — rather, we mainly rely on our Blockbuster Total Access membership for most of our movie watching — so we had high hopes for this movie going in.

All in all, my wife and I were somewhat disappointed with the latest chapter in the Pirate of the Caribbean saga, although the boys loved it. From the looks of the reviews over at IMDB, it seems that the majority of people agreed with our boys, as it’s averaging a 7.8 (that’s quite high for IMDB). In our view, however, the movie ran on far too long and the storyline was far too… Well… Jumbled.

I didn’t realize this going in, but the movie is just shy of 3 hours long (2 hours and 48 minutes, to be exact). Thankfully, Son #4 took an hour and a half nap during the movie or there’s no way he would’ve made it. Aside from that, the movie generally held our boys’ attention quite well, although Son #3 did get a little squirrelly as the movie wore on. Overall, it seems like they could’ve gotten away with a much shorter movie — in fact, I think it would have improved things a good bit if they had tightened up the production.

As for the story itself (and no, I won’t go into detail for fear of spoiling things for those who haven’t seen it), it really felt to me like they didn’t have a clear good idea of where they were going (or how they were going to get there), so they simply patched together a bunch of different subplots and called it a day. Here again, I think the movie would have been a good bit better if they had tightened things up a bit. Then again, they did manage to work Keith Richards into the script, so it wasn’t all bad. 😉

Based on what I read over at IMDB (which I visited after we went to the movie), there’s an additional scene after the credits that we missed. I have, however, Googled a bit to see what it was all about. I won’t mention what I found here because I don’t want to be a spoiler, but the information is out there in case you’re curious. And if you’re planning on going, you might want to stick around to catch the extra scene — if you’re not ready to bolt out the door after nearly three hours, that is.

Oh, and in case you’re looking for a good cheap source of movies (albeit not new release blockbusters like P3), be sure to check out our compilation of free summer movie promotions for kids.

Published on May 29th, 2007 - One Comment
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  1. Agree with you wholeheartedly. The fight scenes just dragged. After 10 minutes of fighting, I was ready to scream “JUST GET IT DONE!”
    I also had quite a bit of trouble understanding the diaglogue. Tia mumbles and slurs way too much, and it seemed like there always a lot of other noise in the film making it hard to hear the main story line. So much so that I leaned to dh 1/2 way through and said “next time I am going to the showing for the hearing impared so I can have subtitles!”
    So far my least favorite Pirate movie of the 3.

    And, always always always stay to the very very end of any Disney or Pixar film. There is almost always something that pops up after the credits. 🙂

    Comment by Karen — May 29th 2007 @ 10:37 am

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