A Pirates 3 Primer

The ticket is purchased. The plans are laid. This evening I will join my friends in storming the ship–er, theater for the earliest showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. I am excited, but it’s a tempered sort of excitement. I’ve already seen two “threequels” this summer, and they took some of the wind out of my sails. Still, I don’t expect to wind up becalmed tonight, despite an epic running time of nearly 3 hours(!).

Anyway, I’ve consulted with those who have seen the movie already, and their prognosis is decidedly mixed. A few reviews were trickling in yesterday, but they’re pouring in today. Let’s have a look:

To start with, there’s a review from the Mirror, which claims to be the first. The date on it is May 16th, so that’s highly likely.

The Flick Filosopher posted a review before my very eyes last night after an early screening. She’s geeking out.

Things over at Rotten Tomatoes are looking a bit brighter this morning. Last night, At World’s End was sitting at a very grim 38%, but by now it is hovering in the more promising mid-50s range, with more liking it than not. The original settled at 79% and the first sequel netted a 54% from critics. User ratings, so far, are higher than Dead Man’s Chest.

You never know what you’re going to read over at Ain’t It Cool News. This is no exception. ‘Ware the spoilers, if you care.

Jeffery Overstreet’s review went up this morning over at Christianity Today Movies. He seems to disapprove.

The Crosswalk review is sounding the same notes.

I’ll toss my own two cents in sometime in the next 24 hours.

~ by Jared on May 24, 2007.

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