So I saw Pirates 3 and I thought I'd thought I'd post some of my thoughts about it. Spoilers throughout, so I won't bother with the spoiler tag. You've been warned! First of all, Pirates 1 is easily one of my favorite movies. Love the story, music, acting, etc. It really was laid out as what could have been a great trilogy.... (Again, spoilers throughout. This entire thread is going to be loaded with spoilers so if you haven't seen Pirates 3 you should leave now. The movie is worth watching and I am going to post some major spoilers..) That being said, it just wasn't up to par. If you weren't aware, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly had both told Disney that they would not be signing a contract for a 4th movie. Disney obviously saw their characters and their relationship as disposable at that point. There's nothing happily ever after about seeing somebody once every ten years, I don't care how good that day is. It was a BS marketing scheme to keep Jack's character alive and well, and ready to do another movie. After all, Depp is making millions from these movies. He has no reason not to want to do a 4th, and Disney has no reason not to want to make a lot more money. What a bummer though. Sure the third movie had some cool scenes, but there are about 10 (yes ten) characters at the beginning of 3 that have loose ends from the 2nd that needed to be tied up by the end of the 3rd: Jack was dead. Norrington wasn't sure what side he was on. Will wanted to free his father from the Flying Dutchman. Elisabeth and Will's relationship was in question after the whole "love triangle" mess in 2. Davy Jones' heart was in the possession of England. Captain Barbosa was back, randomly. The fortune teller lady was introduced in the last few minutes of 2. Elisabeth's father had lost his position and he was kind of up in the air. So that's 8 loose ends at the end of 2... Now let's start 3. Immediately there are a few more loose ends created: (Not necessarily in this order) The asian pirates are brought into the script for about 5 minutes. WHY? So Kiera could become the Pirate King? Come on. That could have happened so many other ways. And oh yeah, the crackan (or however you spell it) was now dead. We don't see this though. Davy Jones was in love with said fortune teller. Elisabeth and Will seem to get married Why is Captain Barbosa back? For the 9 pieces of 8? I wasn't sure. Yeah he is a cool character but leaving him dead wouldn't have hurt 3. Elisabeth's father is dead. Will he come back too? Nope. Norrington is killed. Well that was easy. Killing Jack did nothing but create an opportunity to make a very cheesy world flipping scene. Ok just kidding he's not dead, he's back and good as new. Will and Elisabeth get officially married. Oh good happy ending? Nope.. Davey Jones kills Will, and is then killed by "Will's hand". Will and his father live happily ever after on the Flying Dutchman? Am I missing something? What takes the cake though is after the credits you see "10 years later" and Will comes ashore and smiles at Elisabeth who is waiting. How cute... How horrible. What a horrible existence. Jack is ready to set out and find the fountain of youth. Well great. I can't wait for 4. All that being said, I'm sure I left out some more plotholes or just bad plot aspects, but honestly I did enjoy the movie. I would watch it again and it was a fun movie in general. I still think the plot was so over the top that it really left no room for the audience to really catch up to it. There was so much happening (some things ridiculous) that all you could think was "Well the special effects are cool". This just goes to show that once again another trilogy is much worse than it could have been due to the "To be continued" factor. They should have had one story with 2, and another story with 3. 2 was pretty decent and had left me pretty excited for 3. They should have just written 3 a lot differently without adding a ton of new things. 2 had introduced enough plot to definitely last out the remainder of the trilogy. So, what are your thoughts on Pirates 3? I would give it a 5 out of 10.