Becky and I took the kids to see the third installment of Pirates of the Caribbean at the Colorado Cinemas in Castle Rock, Colorado on opening day. The Yahoo movies website at Pirates of the Caribbean describes the movie as follows:
“Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones’ locker, while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the Seven Seas.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is the third episode of this popular epic and it’s number one at the box office right now with almost $175 million in sales. It’s almost three hours long and unfortunately it feels like it’s three hours long with new characters, a crazy totally unrealistic and outrageous story and writers and directors who tried to include every ethnic background on the planet to appeal to a wider audience. In a word – “absurd”.
Like millions of other movie fans I was looking forward to seeing this flick, but it was a real let down. The characters have turned into super heros now, only they are not as believable as Spiderman (can’t imagine why) and the story’s as goofy as it guessed. The best of the Pirates saga was definitely the first one “Curse of the Black Pearl” where the characters were fresh and vulnerable and the fact that the ghosts of the Black Pearl were cursed. Like the second one, “Dead Man’s Chest”, not much of this movie made sense.
Even though the kids are fans of Pirates of the Caribbean, they liked the first one the best and this one better than the second one. They still thought it was Worth The Trip and Corban and Bianca said it was a Don’t Miss It. Which should tell you something about the intellectual value of this film since they are in 1st and 2nd grade.
Unfortunately, it’s a movie that is much more suited for kids, but came out with a PG-13 rating and is too graphic for the biggest fans of this film (Hollywood should have figured that one out) with a sequence in the beginning where they hang pirates, including little kids and our kids hated that part of the movie. We wouldn’t have taken them to it again had we known that it was going to be as graphic as it was. They all liked Shrek the Third better.
I have to agree with the critics on this one who have given it a C+ and suggest that you wait for the rental and save your time and money, unless your kids are pirate fans like ours and you just want to take them to see the characters. There are better movies out right now, like Spiderman and Shrek the Third.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Don’t Bother
The Kids Review
Corban – **** Don’t Miss It
Bianca – **** Don’t Miss It
Conroy – *** Worth The Trip
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