Justin Peterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
The third epic chapter of a series built on swashbuckling fun, that somehow ended up drowning itself in dullness.
"You're mad ... Thank goodness for that, 'cause if I wasn't this would probably never work ... And that was without even a single drop of rum."
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End should have been the ultimate tall-ship chess match on the high seas, but instead of getting to the point the film spends the bulk of its bloated runtime just talking everything up to an exhaustive extent.
"Still thinkin' of running, Jack? Think you can outrun the world? You know the problem with being the last of anything, by and by there be none left at all ... Sometimes things come back mate. We're livin' proof, you and me."
(Quick Hits) ... Spoilers:
- It is disappointing that a film that looks this great and has an excellent action-packed finale ends up being so lifeless throughout. While the original pirates was bursting at the seams with adventure and laughs, I did not feel any excitement watching this until the very end
- I like the idea of them bringing together this council of pirates from around the world, but they don't do much besides stand around and talk, hoist their colors, and then cheer when it is over
"Cruelty is a matter of perspective."
- The multiple Jacks in Davy Jones' Locker is amusing, but it just felt like the same plot beat of having to find Neo at the start of Matrix 3
- Instead of feeling like an actual character, Calypso just feels like a convenient plot device to eventually pull the story together and add some magic elements
- At least there are plenty of great shots of ships during the magic hour
- The Flying Dutchman along with Davy Jones and his crew just do nothing for me
- So the Endeavour does not fire a single shot at the end, and that whole armada does nothing????
- At least you can't go wrong with listening to plenty of that amazing pirates score
With a movie this overblown you would think there would be plenty to talk about, but instead it is disappointingly unmemorable minus the big ship duel in the giant whirlpool, and the Endeavour getting blown to shit.
I don't remember much about 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' ... so that is not a good sign.
"Take what you can ... give nothing back!"
Thanks for reading.
Happy movie watching ... Skål! 🍻