Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a satisfying epic ending to a surprise-hit trilogy. This is a solid addition to a series that has set the standard for pirate movies and raised the bar for special effects. All the elements are there: swordplay, pirate lore, wise cracks, and cannon battles.
Even though it’s supposed to be mindless entertainment, I’m still ambivalent. So I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news. (No spoilers)
Good: The movie never lets up. There is never a dull moment as each entertaining action sequence rolls into another fantastic showdown that doesn’t disappoint.
Bad: The main flaw of the movie is the convoluted plot of endless betrayals and loosely-connected side stories, all which contribute to a three hour tour that you’re clearly aware of during the seventeenth climax.
Good: Keith Richards has a funny cameo. He does a good job of basically playing himself… but he probably should have just been left out.
Bad: The aforementioned confusion is lent to by each character having a different accent, each more difficult to understand than the last. It was hard to follow at times, especially the pirate conference where a myriad of multicultural factions yelled their lines in rapid succession.
Good: The visuals are amazing. The special effects are ground breaking, along with the elaborate costumes, awesome action, and sexy leading lady.
Bad: Among various crews covered in slimy skin, sea creatures, grungy hair, and dingy clothes, Keira Knightley somehow finds a way to bathe regularly and make a few wardrobe changes.
Good: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack is hilarious as usual.
Bad: Not enough Captain Jack Sparrow, despite his many hallucinogenic incarnations.
Good: The cast is packed with talent, even if you can’t recognize their faces under all the scars, facial hair, tentacles, and barnacles. Depp wasn’t the only one to deliver a great performance and no one stood out as being particularly awful.
Bad: Some of the actors are underutilized and wasted (Chow Yun Fat). And the “Willizabeth” love story is poorly done and unnecessary. It also sets up a mid-battle dialogue that had me physically cringing.