Pirates of the Threequel

Thanks to John and Yvonne watching Sammy after a noon time tofu dog bbq (don’t ask), Kimi and I managed to see Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End this afternoon.

Short review: Kimi hated it, I kinda liked it.

Regardless, getting out of the house and being able to see a movie? Definitely worth it. We couldn’t remember the last movie we had seen together. (Apparently, according to this very blog, it was Pan’s Labyrinth.)

To be honest, I fell asleep during the first two, and this one I stayed awake through, so could follow the plot better. It’s weird how over-plotted it is, but I’m glad they aren’t dumbing it down. It still feels ridiculously overblown for an anti-historical movie (by which I mean they seem to be intentionally ignoring any actual history of actual pirates) based on a carnival ride.

The tone of the first scene is grim and realistic and not for kids. That tone has disappeared completely somewhere around the fifteenth Jack Sparrow mug for the camera (or about 90 minutes in). The climactic fight scene is so ludicrous that Ed Wood would not deign to include it in a work from his oeuvre. It is in fact impossible to watch the CGI pirates sailing around on CGI ropes in the CGI maelstrom and not have completely shattered any sense of immersion and disbelief suspension that you had held on to up until that point.

But, I did laugh out loud, and it was pleasant diversion. Keira Knightley isn’t hard to watch either.

In contrast, Kimi felt it was boring, stupid and pointless, and completely wasted the star power of everyone involved.

So, your milage may vary.

If you see it, stay until after the credits are over, there’s a bonus scene.

2 Responses to “Pirates of the Threequel”

  1. slacy Says:

    You should have gone to se Ratatouille! We saw it with Issac last Saturday, and it was great! He did pretty well at the movie, mostly staring at Andrea and a bit of sleeping. I like the ‘Pirates’ series, so we’ll just have to wait for this one to come out on DVD…

  2. Stephen Says:

    We’ll be seeing Rat-a-too-ee this Friday 🙂

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