Release Date: May 25th, 2007 by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgård, Bill Nighy, Chow Yun-Fat, Geoffrey Rush, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander.
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
BASIC PREMISE: Will (Bloom), Elizabeth (Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Rush) sail through the treacherous seas to battle Captain Sao Feng (Fat) in Singapore while trying to rescue Jack Sparrow (Depp) from the Kingdom of the Dead and fighting off Davy Jones (Nighy) and The Flying Dutchman ghost ship.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End suffers from the same ailments as the last Pirates movie, which includes an unfocused plot overstuffed with one-dimensional characters and not enough of the offbeat, slapstick humor found in the first movie. Good luck trying to figure out the plot within the first hour because most of it seems episodic. Jack Sparrow, the liveliest character of them all, barely shows up at all to provide the much-needed comic relief, with the exception of two brilliant scenes: when he notices thousands of crabs carrying his ship through The Kingdom of the Dead and when he has weird hallucinations of many Jack Sparrows around him. So, without much comedy, there’s just drama, romance and action left, but it even fails to live up to the expectations of those parts. The drama feels muddled and confusing while the romance between Will and Elizabeth is very contrived. Co-writers Ted Elliot and Terry Russo, who also teamed up to write the previous Pirates movies, include too much boring dialogue with surprisingly few thrilling action sequences. On a positive note, director Gore Verbinski shows off as much CGI as possible, which does create some awe-inspiring moments. The make-up effects of Davy Jones’ crew, in particular, look quite impressive. If only the screenplay were more focused and allowed for more of humor and thrills, this would have been much more satisfying, especially given the excessive running time of 2 hours and 48 minutes. If you make it through to the end, be sure to stay for an important scene after the end credits.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Unfocused, convoluted and low on humor and thrills. Not enough scenes with Jack Sparrow.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 5
IN A NUTSHELL: Brilliant, awe-inspiring CGI effects, but bogged down by an unconfused, convoluted plot that’s low on humor and thrills.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
The "P" Menu