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Horrible! HUGE Disappointment
Why oh why do filmmakers think sequel equals more action and less character/relationships/story? Why did they make a film that doesn't stand on it's own (beginning/middle/end)? Honestly, if I saw The Kracken one more time....as it was, after the first time, I just closed my eyes and took a quick nap every time it attacked a ship. The point of Jack being a god to the natives was.....? Another excuse for an action sequence? The non-end so deflated the audience, that it was quiet and people just got up and left the theatre when the credits started to role. Much different from the last one, when the audience cheered at the end and stayed for the coda. In fact, this New York opening day audience was completely quiet throughout the whole film. Just who exactly were we supposed to be rooting for and rooting for them to do what? If I don't care about the characters, then I don't care about the action. The trio wasn't close this time around, no one cared about anyone. Why should I? Did Elizabeth still love Will and vice versa? No clue. Just when did she decide that Jack was more attractive? Or did she? Will certainly wasn't very surprised or moved to see his father again. Neither Will nor Elizabeth cared about Captain Jack, just wanted his compass to use him for their own reasons, they seemed perfectly happy to sell him out. Would they have turned him in to be hanged to save themselves? Get a clue writers and Mr Verbinski. If I don't care about the characters, then I don't care about the action. How the hell did Barbossa come back to life? Should George Lucas sue the writers for plagerism in the Elizabeth kissing Jack marching into the mouth of The Kracken sequence (it's the end of The Empire Strikes Back isn't it?) or was it just different enough for the screenwriters to get away with it.
And now it's just great! I know I get to see the continuation of this boring, over-cgi'd, non-story next year! And with everyone of my least favorite characters. Will I have to wait for the middle of the film for Capatin Jack to appear, since they have to sail to the end of the world to get him. I'll be asleep after the first five minutes if I do.
If they had just used the main characters and made another stand-alone film, then we could look forward to a new story and adventures of Captian Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. As it is, I will probably see the third installment next year w/no enthusiasm at all, just to see how the train-wreck ends, hoping all the while they will come to their senses and make the movie as wonderful and exciting as the first one.
I saw the first movie in the theatre 5 times and bought the DVD. I won't be back to see this one again and I certainly have no interest in owning it.