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I have to say that -- storytelling flaws notwithstanding -- POTC3 gave me enough of what I wanted (and pretty much expected) to feel satisfied. Naturally I would have been happier with more (better script, better use of various characters), but I'm not displeased.

I really want to find someplace around here that does tall-ship day-trips. I'm definitely in the mood to be out on the sea. (I know there's a schooner out of Rockport; I wonder if there are others?)


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May. 28th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
The beginning drove me batty and I had some issues with too many crazy Jack scenes. But the well done ending more than made up for it. I just wish they would have editted down the film a bit.
May. 29th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
It sounds like (from your post) that you watched the 3 movies in fairly close succession, in which case, yeah, I can see how that would contribute to an overload of Crazy Jack scenes. I didn't mind it so much because I'd had a break between movies.

I definitely thought the story could have been tighter, and the thing that did sort of frustrate me... well, two things. One, a bunch of significant character deaths that felt a bit like punking out. Gov. Swann's was effective for me, but... well, poop. And I wanted Norrington's to be bigger than it was. (Actually, I wanted Norrington to become part of the doomed crew of the Dutchman, I guess.)

Two, it felt like they too often introduced big things that they then didn't really capitalize on. The main example of that was introducing the entire Bretheren Court, who get the great moment of everyone raising the colors... and face off against a huge armada... but who then... contribute absolutely nothing to the big end fight. They get them all together (and do an okay job of making each distinctive), but none of them actually do any ass-kicking. I'd agree that at that point in the movie, a tighter focus on the Pearl vs. the Dutchman was a good idea, but I would have liked more of a sense that the other Pirate Lords were there to do more than sit back and cheer. *shrug*

And, third, I guess -- the folklore nerd in me was faintly annoyed at the build-up of "Calypso" as this big sea-goddess personification. Might have worked better for me if there had been an aside about it being only one of the names used for her or something. But that's a complete nitpick that I don't expect most folks to have noticed. What I really wanted was for her to be identified as Olokun, Yoruba god/goddess -- identification varies -- of the sea, mostly because a lot of Yoruba myth provides underpinnings of Vodun, and hey? Tia Dalma? Vodun? Hello? ... Nevermind. And I would have liked Sao Feng to have a different name for her. (Ma-Tzu, anyone? Feh.)

(I guess if I'm being picky, I also would have liked some different visuals to go along with the Attack of the 50-Foot Woman homage, there -- and more of a sense that she had transformed into sea/weather related phenomena that had actually seriously destroyed the EIC fleet. *shrug* I got that she was the maelstrom, I just wanted a clearer sense that it had affected more than just the Pearl/Dutchman battle. And finally... heh... I loved the scene between her and Jones, and I wanted just a little more closure on the two of them. Although katie_m remarked that it was hard to beat a final shot of him falling into a deep, wet hole that was essentially *her*. :P)

But hey, those things aside, I still got a rush from a lot of the movie, and it had a lot of elements that really pleased me.
May. 28th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
ah, you've made me wish we could all teleport to penobscot bay and go out on the "victory chimes". a very cool schooner.
May. 29th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oooo! That looks pretty neat! But definitely not a day-trip.
May. 29th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
yup. and too true, it's about a 6 hour drive just to get up to deer isle. meep.
May. 29th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
They must do a ton of sailing stuff around here (hello, island) and I REEEEEEEALLLYYYY want to find some and yet i have not bestirred myself to find anything. you keep reminding me. it must be done!

yarrr, matey. yarrrr.
May. 29th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yaarrrrrr! Yeah, you would totally think there would be *some* sailing opportunity like that near you.
May. 29th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
sailing a tall ship
I suppose I should be ashamed to admit that we haven't yet gone out on the Spirit of New Zealand:


It's usually used as a sort of leadership/team/independence/all-that-good-stuff-building medium for secondary school kids, etc. But it bookends those trips with sailings for adults. It's in Wellington every few months or so -- when it is, I walk by it on the way to work. It's a nice ship -- good vibe to her.
May. 29th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: sailing a tall ship
Ooo, pretty! You should keep that in mind; it seems like it'd be really cool.
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