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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End - It’s a thrill ride, after all…

Why did I enjoy Pirates # 3? I didn’t identify with any of the characters. I wasn’t much concerned with their fate. So why did I like this movie, when several people I know were very disappointed in it?



One friend was incensed that “no one was brought to justice to pay for their crimes.” She wanted a happy ending. And that’s when I realized, how true this movie is to the ride.

I have no idea how many times I’ve been on the Pirates ride at Disneyland. But I’ve ridden on it numerous times. A lot of the fun to me in the Pirates movies is seeing how they weave the dialogue from the ride into the action.

Pirates the Ride is all about the rape and pillaging. Oh sure, they tried to sanitize it a few years ago. But having the women carry bread and cakes doesn’t alter the fact that the pirates are still chasing them – and of course now the pirates get bread, cakes *and* women… But sanitized or not, they can’t disguise one fact: the ride has no heroes, only villains. At the end of the ride the town is sacked, the women have been carried off, and the defenders are presumably dead. (Maybe Disney didn’t want a lot of messy faux corpses lying about at this end; though there are plenty of faux skeletons all the way through.)

Funny, this sort of nihilism doesn’t seem very Disney.

So why is the ride so damn much fun? I don’t have a clue. But the next time I go to Disneyland, I’m sure I’ll go on that ride. I always do.

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