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3.4

Awesome33.08%
Worth A Look: 18.8%
Average: 16.54%
Pretty Bad: 18.05%
Total Crap: 13.53%

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
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by William Goss

"This World Is Not Enough"
3 stars

With agendas abound, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End' completes (for now) the saga of Captain Jack Sparrow and company as they dash back and forth across the high seas in search for booty both on- and off-screen, yet this third installment – or rather, the second half of the first sequel – manages to be sorely lacking in what the title itself inadvertently spells out: A-W-E.

Let’s see if I can’t keep this simple: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) team up with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) to rescue one Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Davy Jones’ Locker and proceed to summon the pirate lords of the world – including Singapore’s Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) – in a final stand against the East India Trading Company, whose main man (Tom Hollander) has seen fit to employ Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) in his campaign to rid the seas of pirates once and for all.

Truth be told, there is a bit more business regarding Will’s father, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), and the goddess Calypso, but I don’t exactly have nearly three hours to spell everything out. That task is instead charged to the returning likes of director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. However, the ambitions of last summer’s Dead Man’s Chest have returned to haunt them, as so much fuss is made in regard to tying up the byzantine plot laid out by that film that the proceedings suffer from a dire deficit of the sprightly spirit that made the first one such an unexpected pleasure.

While not the sole source of fun and merriment, Depp has undoubtedly been a crucial component to the series’ appeal, and while his re-appearance a half hour in proves aptly surreal, given his purgatory environment, similar manifestations of his own instability only distract as the film goes on. And go on, it does, as Sparrow and others spend an inordinate amount of time yammering on about their corresponding courses of action. Such sequences are akin to observing a particularly flamboyant game of Risk, and while the better portion of the final hour is indeed devoted to a whirlpool-centric climax, the action seems neither worth the wait, nor as impressive as select sequences in Chest that ran under ten minutes instead of over forty.

That in and of itself is the key failing of End: the plot is so aggressively numbing that it anchors down the film, and there never seems to be any wind in its sails to make the proceedings go by with any genuine excitement or ease. The story may be hard to follow, but it’s even harder to care about, and while the action comes in spurts, it’s never nearly enough to distract from the chore at hand. It’s escapist fare that one finds easier to shrug off rather than surrender to, with a plot simply too dense to dismiss.

Otherwise, Verbinski and his crew do keep things in line with its predecessors on an aesthetic level, with the effects still seamless and still best represented by the likes of Nighy’s compassionate Davy Jones. Hans Zimmer returns to provide the score, which finds itself sidetracked early on by somewhat glaring Far Eastern influences and later on by Western cues. As the cryptic Tia Dalma, Naomie Harris keeps up her thick accent and marginal mystique, and as the ever-photogenic couple, Bloom and Knightley remain every bit as adequate as they’ve ever been. Thankfully, it's difficult to object to the return of Rush to the crew, and between him and Nighy’s passion beneath the pixels, the entire ensemble’s game feels raised thanks to them.

One could easily expect fans to easily forgive the narrative disarray, if only to gaze upon Bloom and Depp for hours on end, to see Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards make his long-promised appearance as Sparrow Sr., to chuckle each and every time the camera lands on the monkey (which it does, with disconcerting frequency), and to stay seated through the seemingly endless credits for a bonus scene, as they’ve been groomed to for the past four years.

However, for some of us, far too many lines seem far too fitting, easy fuel for embers of cynicism and griping, such as when two pirates assure one another to “take what you can” and “give nothing back”, and especially when the corporate-minded Lord Beckett repeats the maxim, “It’s nothing personal. It’s just good business.” Albeit in an entirely different time, place and capacity, there is one particular pirate who may have already summed up matters best in just five words: “I can’t get no satisfaction.”

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User Comments

3/04/19 Craptain Jacques Sbarro Mess of a movie. Here's an idea: cut out the filler from 2 and 3 and edit them into 1 movie 2 stars
9/17/12 roscoe overlong, no interest, no new elements, stale, hard to watch. 3 stars
3/04/10 dude too long boring confusing and talky 5 stars
6/09/09 freak boring as hell 1 stars
1/21/09 Anonymous. a little messy but sweet and sad ending. 4 stars
12/20/08 Scott kiera knightly is sooo hot in this film 5 stars
12/01/08 Roz Not as good as the 1st. Plot was an absolute mess and hard to follow. 2 stars
11/30/08 noops.... better than the 2 nd one but the first part was too good 4 stars
11/12/08 Michael M Elizabeth was the main character instead of Sparrow, and that's where this movie failed. 2 stars
10/10/08 man hated it 1 stars
9/17/08 Oiman Amazing music, action, and overall story. Callpso scene was unimaginative though. 4 stars
5/14/08 PAUL SHORTT ITS A KNOCKABOUT, SCATTERSHOT AFFAIR 2 stars
5/01/08 Charles Tatum Bloated but fun...like your mom 4 stars
3/10/08 RK notwithstanding the confusing twists and turns, it was fun to watch --- twice in a roll. 4 stars
2/16/08 daveyt confusing twaddle 1 stars
1/26/08 man boring overlong and reeeaaallly confusing 1 stars
1/16/08 Dani I love these movies. Great acting, amazing plot, hilarious dialogue, and hot actors. 5 stars
1/05/08 Pamela White vague plot but cute the movies are getting worse 3 stars
1/05/08 Ellen Tedious and unoriginal, very disappointing. 2 stars
12/30/07 Austin Wertman talky, too long, and confusing 3 stars
12/16/07 Jason Great action movie, cool characters and epic finale. 5 stars
12/08/07 zenny whatta mess 1 stars
11/28/07 Matt About 15 mins of good stuff and a ton of utter rubbish. Enough now-PLEASE! 2 stars
11/27/07 dude not nearly as good as the first two 1 stars
11/14/07 dude bland adn dissapointing 1 stars
10/10/07 Mango Waay too long and absolute waste of time. Hugely disappointed. 1 stars
10/03/07 wall dont bother 1 stars
10/01/07 Andrew Kercher Best SFX of 3, but 1st was the best overall. This one better than Pirates 2. 4 stars
9/14/07 dude waste of time 1 stars
8/31/07 fallon best movie i every seen and its not a waste of time 5 stars
7/27/07 pheonix not as wonderful as the lord of the rings, But , it is the best since then.. great movie! 5 stars
7/20/07 samantha this movie was the best of the three!! it was awesome!!! 5 stars
7/09/07 tom No story, way too convienent saves, more contrived than WWF. Depp's first sell out. 2 stars
7/04/07 kirsti this movie tied w/ pirates 1 as my favorite movie ever!!! lovelovelove this!!! 5 stars
7/04/07 PamE Loved it, though not as much as the 1st and 2nd 4 stars
7/02/07 RazorFang Peter Sobzcynski, you fucking idiot,this is a damn good movie! 5 stars
6/22/07 Dave bad 1 stars
6/19/07 lkeyser was awesome,looking forward to 4th one! 5 stars
6/17/07 Joe Smaltz fell asleep, but the damn cannons kept waking me up! 1 stars
6/17/07 Ron Newbold Excellent effects, Great cast, decent movie - the first is still the best IMO 4 stars
6/15/07 Qume Ah hah ha hah ha ha hahaha ha haha! 1 stars
6/14/07 romeo awsome movie ...people saying it bad hav no rights to watch eng movies.. 5 stars
6/11/07 Emily Brilliant. Sexy. Fantastic and stunning. Constantly keeps you in total AWE and is a blast!! 5 stars
6/11/07 Brian Mckay Stunning visuals, but a bloated incomprehensible mess. Verbinski, learn to fucking EDIT! 2 stars
6/10/07 Alice Beautiful settings but 3 movies is enough 4 stars
6/10/07 Jenna Walker I thought this movie was epic! Amazing! 5 stars
6/06/07 carl blast, xcellent, be rested non stop fun, super acting, lovely everything, wonderful, yeswow 5 stars
6/06/07 cher5253 Great movie can't follow plot try easier movies where everything is predictable 5 stars
6/03/07 COTBP was excellent, DMC was better,AWE tops them both put together Reesefire Black 5 stars
6/03/07 Zaw I didn't care what happens to any of the charaters. Marriage thing during battle was stupid 2 stars
6/03/07 lab chimp good but not great. worth the money for the special effects, acting v good, gusto-less plot 4 stars
6/03/07 Luji funny, emotional, hot hot actors...nice tie up of the multiple plots...loved it! 5 stars
6/03/07 Heidi Hernandez Excellant fantasy action packed adventure love story with just the right amount of humor 5 stars
6/01/07 Ole Man Bourbon Too short. I felt cheated. 3 stars
6/01/07 Katie Amazing movie.....best trilogy i've ever seen!! JOhnny Depp is brilliant as Jack Sparrow!! 5 stars
5/31/07 lauren i LOVED this movie how could u not it was action packed and has 2 of the hottest guys in it 5 stars
5/31/07 damalc not nearly enough sword fighting for a pirate film. better than 2, not as good as 1. 3 stars
5/30/07 Scott Vine Waste of 3 hrs. Big let down. Nothing new 1 stars
5/30/07 DS Better than the second, as good as the first! Please let there be another one! 5 stars
5/30/07 JP Great! Dont bitch about how confusing it was. Annoying children w/ your insignificant minds 5 stars
5/30/07 Dk better than the convuluted 2nd but still can't match number 1's charm 4 stars
5/29/07 Kurt I didn't care what heppened to any of them. what a mess! 1 stars
5/29/07 Jack Sparrow If you love adventure and swashbuckling battles watch this....If you don't, Bugger off 5 stars
5/29/07 ad the sequels made the first movie mortal, What a waste for such great actors! Wait for DVD. 2 stars
5/28/07 Ryan AAAWesome 5 stars
5/28/07 Jim Overlong and noisy, and Calypso isn't a goddess, she's a nymph 2 stars
5/28/07 Chris Thought the movie was the best so far and can't wait for the next one to come out. 5 stars
5/28/07 Pipina Truly great. But you have to love Pirates... 5 stars
5/28/07 Kate Was Will and Elizabeths son the boy from the beginning? 5 stars
5/28/07 Sasa If you love BAD movies you will love this. 1 stars
5/28/07 Dark Enchantress it was good expect it was confusing and had to much of kiera knightly...i hate her 4 stars
5/27/07 MP Bartley Fun, but WAY to much. Did they forget Depp is the star? 3 stars
5/27/07 kathryn was a little confusing and was more of an action packed film with tons of special effects. 5 stars
5/27/07 gr117 A total blast! 5 stars
5/27/07 devil/angel This film rocks i dont get wat u guys are on about this rocks! 5 stars
5/27/07 KingNeutron Best movie of the year so far. KRichards was very natural in the role. 5 stars
5/27/07 Emma Spectacular movie. Absolutely fantastic, loved it... Pure fun. 5 stars
5/26/07 Blondie This should have come with directions to understand it 3 stars
5/26/07 Mike Very confusing but something to do for 3 hours. Spiderman3 is way better tho. 3 stars
5/26/07 Cory The script's a mess in some parts and yet, the film works...much better than Spider-Man 3. 4 stars
5/26/07 Desperado I really am having trouble understanding why people didnt like it, i thought it was awesome 5 stars
5/26/07 PoisonElf No sense, no inspiration (same charaers/story as 2), unreasonably long, boring. 1 stars
5/26/07 Quigley One of the biggest disappointments ever. Great visuals, but the movie makes no sense at all 2 stars
5/25/07 Chris Pirates of the Carribean ROCKS!!!!!!! FOLKS 5 stars
5/25/07 Ara I can't understand how people dont understand this movie. Anyway gr8 movie! 5 stars
5/25/07 Sir spam-a-lot Okay, I shot myself. What now? 3 stars
5/25/07 Burnsy Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, me's a pirate. 5 stars
5/25/07 Snail This movie was EPIC. A lot more fun than Spider-Man 3 too. 5 stars
5/25/07 John I had no idea what the hell was going on 3 stars
5/25/07 Blizz Please, these movies are for morons. If you go see this, shoot yourself. 1 stars
5/24/07 Scott haller jack sparrow is hot 5 stars
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USA
  24-May-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 04-Dec-2007

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  24-May-2007




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