I suspect that my early opinions would prove worthless to those of you who've read the source material or are very familiar with the "historical accuracy" (or lack thereof) of the piece. What I CAN say (without (justifiably) pissing off my local publicists) is the following: 1. It's a gorgeous movie to look at. The ships are amazing and Weir knows how to lens em. Period. 2. The action sequences are suitably bombastic yet grounded in reality. 3. Crowe is oddly muted, though the movie does stop on a dime to give him a few moments of Movie Star Drah-Mah. 4. Act II sags like the world's most pregnant sperm whale. It's not exactly boring, but the subplots seem to commit mutiny on the main story. It's one I'll be recommending (albeit not that vociferously), and I'm quite curious to see how fans of the books will react. I honestly have no idea if they'll be thrilled or disgusted, but I certainly hope they'll all enjoy it. If I type any more, Fox (and Miramax AND Universal!) may track me down and make me walk the cannon or something nasty and nautical like that. Was there a talking hermit crab in the original books? Called "Shelley the Chatter"? Cuz he has a BIG part in the movie, particularly when the Kraken shows up.