After the craptacular disappointment that was Pirates of the Carribean 2: Dead Man's Chest, it was with a sense of "anything has to be better than the last one" that I went into Pirates of the Carribean 3: At World's End. While Hoyts Regent on Manners refused to make the experience more physically comfortable by providing a modicum of heating on a rather cold late May evening, the movie itself proved enough to keep me entertained for its nigh on 3 hour length.
That's not to say the movie does not have its flaws. The final 45 minute battle scene is utterly preposterous for all its spectacle, and, even with multiple Johnny Depps appearing in several scenes, I still felt there was not enough of Captain Jack Sparrow and a bit too much of Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom's characters (love story? Pishtosh). Almost every character was a stereotype (especially the Pirate Lords), the moral of the film seems to be that piracy/theft and deceit is preferable to the rule of law, and the film technically wasn't limited to the Carribean, but it was a fun film to spend most of an evening watching.
Of course, there were some unresolved issues that paved the way for another sequel (please, no...), but at least this film actually had a resolution (unlike the last one). And at the end, everyone seemed to have enjoyed the show despite the chill, and really, what more can one ask from a film than that?
Verdict: 8 out of 10 bottles of rum
Oh, and Suzanne won! Wonder what I will get as a prize...