I'm staggered at the reactions here. BO hasn't been great either. I saw it with a 10 year old and 12 year old - not a hint of boredom from either, frequently laughing out loud. And DEFINITELY not too long.
The characters were stronger, for me, than any of Aardman's other movies (Wallace and Gromit excepted - I had other issues with that film!), and like most great comedy, much of the humour is character-based. Honestly think this is their strongest film, I can't really explain some of the negative reaction. Critics loved it too.
Makes me kinda depressed about the implications for the state of the nation, frankly.
So, let me get this right - the fact that some people (me included) found Pirates slow and unfunny has implications for the state of the nation.
I presume this is slightly tongue-in-cheek.