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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Genre: Action/Adventure
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Gore Verbinski
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Naomie Harris, Chow Yun-Fat, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgard, Bill Nighy, Keith Richards
Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

In Short: One movie too many, this jumbled, boring and way too long third visit to the world of the Pirates of the Caribbean is a sad end to the popular series.

Sad Sequel
Three is No Charm
by Jenny Peters

For a franchise that began so wonderfully five years ago with “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” this third installment known as “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” makes for sad viewing. Yes, Johnny Depp is still charming as Captain Jack Sparrow, Keira Knightley breathtaking as Elizabeth Swann, and Orlando Bloom heroically handsome as Will Turner, but that’s where the similarities end.

For “At World’s End” has none of the freshness, magic or charm of the first, nor the goofily funny sequences that made “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” a worthy sequel. Instead, this jumbled tale that tries to tie up the Davy Jones story floated in the second flick is just a mess.

At World's End
At World's End

Even sadder, all of the actors, including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who appears as Sparrow’s rouge pirate father, seem to be struggling to keep themselves interested. Most seem to have lost that battle and are just going through the motions, which leads to a general feeling of ennui that pervades the film, even in the midst of the extended final sea-battle sequence, as the pirates battle the British forces, who have aligned themselves with Davy Jones and his undead crew.

Chow Yun-Fat in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley

Huh? Why, you might ask, are the British on the side of the undead in this one? Therein lies the question, one of many plot points in the flick that seem to be incoherently cobbled together. It’s never quite clear what the heck is going on in this close-to-three-hour nonsense. Who is still alive, who is dead but not acting like it, who is really and truly dead, why the world’s pirates all band together to chase Davy Jones (when it is Captain Jack’s problem of paying off his soul-selling debt to the guy that is at the center of the story); it’s all a muddle, and never really explained. It just makes no sense.

And perhaps the worst sin of all, this “Pirates” offering is boring, even when the assembled talent is gamely swashbuckling around, in that finale that feels interminable, rather than supremely exciting as a grand ending to the trilogy. What came in five years ago with a delightful and triumphant roar goes out with a dull whimper. As a real pirate would sadly say upon viewing this confusion, “Arggghhh!”


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