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2.0 out of 5 stars At wits end more like, 20 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
When the fist Pirates, Curse Of The Black Pearl, movie came out no-one really knew what to expect and if you're a regular reader of 352 you'll know that we covered Dead Man's Chest on its Grand Duchy release. For those that are new (shame on you) I thought it was bilge. But at least those involved with DMC seemed to know it was bilge and was therefore entertaining, in a willfully stupid kind of way. Spiderman 3 hasn't got as much critical kudos as was expected and with Shrek 3, The Simpsons Movie and dark horse Transformers a few months off, it's left to Gore Verbinski to mop up at the box office. And it will, without doubt. But really shouldn't.

Captain Jack Sparrow has been consigned to Davey Jones Locker and Pirates are facing extinction due to laws passed by the East India Trading Company. Davey Jones and The Flying Dutchman are under the power of Lord Beckett and Barbossa has been reincarnated by the voodoo magic of Tia. There's also Pirate Lord Sao Feng of Singapore to stir into the mix. Each of these characters battle for space and jostle for lines in a convoluted and crowded plot that makes about as much sense as sticking your fingers in an electric socket.

If you have been subscribing to the grapevine purporting that the latest, and supposedly last (more about that later), installment is much darker and thematically more rounded than the, rather more open 2nd, movie then, as any good party pooper will want to do, I can tell you: IT IS NOT. The opening scenes depicting mass hangings do indeed hint at a darker less kiddie-friendly vibe but it is soon business as usual as the gang start double-triple crossing everyone else and before you can say `what the cotton picking hell is going on?' someone else gets tricked and the whole thing goes dangerously close to disappearing up the Kracken's bum.

There's an intriguing series of hallucinations starring Jack Sparrow, that gives the audience more of what they've paid to see but, and it is a big BUT, Knightley and Bloom are so insipidly vapid and lacking anything other than strong jaw lines that you really wish for them to sod off and let the monkey have more screen time. Nighy and Rush ham it up again and (worst kept secret in history) Keith Richards' performance does raise a smile, it's not enough though.

Again Hans Zimmer's music is far too high in the mix and the expositional dialogue fills the time when the `heroes' (let's not forget that they are amoral thieves and murderers) prance about galleons searching for the edge of the world and argue over the heart of Davey Jones before an admittedly impressive final battle. Although in this climatic `war' only two ships actually do anything. Given that the whole purpose of the film has been to raise the great Pirate Army it proves to be somewhat of a misnomer.

Save for Depp, who himself borders on annoyance, there's no real performance here of any note, bar the monkey. I'm bound to take some stick for being a snob and being too pretentious to enjoy a summer blockbuster, but that's nonsense. Yes, I am aware that this is supposed to be fun and is merely entertainment, but that's the point, At World's End isn't fun, it's tedious and it is dull.

In fact at almost three bladder-stretching hours in duration, AWE is certainly two and half hours too long and is best forgotten about, there are much better things to see. By the way, judging by the `end', a fourth installment has not been ruled out, perhaps as a spin off for a certain Captain Jack Sparrow.
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