I can has links to your PotC:AWE discussions please?
So I finally got to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End yesterday. Non-spoilery reactions: Thought it was a HELLUVA fun ride. I think, generally speaking, that the third tale in a trilogy can go one of two ways: the writers run out of ideas, so they rehash old things and spend time deep in character development (which may or may not be kind of a bog-down), or they do their best to over-the-top everything storywise that has gone before, with more! and bigger! and thicker! PotC:AWE is of the latter category, and while, sure, I can imagine a tighter story and I admit that the plotlines left me "wait, did he...?" at times, I'd MUCH rather have a story that runs a few steps ahead of me and makes me catch up than one that bores me silly. And by the end, everything was answered for me--what more did I want, eh?
I'm glad the thing was almost three hours, because there was plot and there was character development, and they did all they could to tie up the plotlines and make them nifty, too--there was exactly one scene I thought went on interminably long, but it wasn't in the last hour, I'll tell ya. And I loved the ending; I thought it was clever/gutsy/lovely/bittersweet/cool/hopeful and made me wish to death that I was writing fanfiction in the PotC universe. And the post-credit tag was pure gold. I mean, the freakin' fannish potential! I'm really gonna have to meta on this one a little later.
Anyone want to point me to their reaction posts? I skipped all of them last week because I didn't want to be spoiled, but I'd like to read them now. Even if you hated it, yes, I want to see!
(I anticipate there will be spoilers in the comments; you've been warned!)