1 1/2 Stars
The final chapter in the ‘Pirates‘ trilogy is just as bloated and confusing as the previous installment. Lacking a compelling story yet stuffed to the gills with special effects, and whimsical nonsense ‘At World’s End’ is far worse than ‘Dead Man’s Chest’. Even the welcomed return of Geoffery Rush as Capt. Barbossa and the addition of Chow Yun Fat to the cast can’t save this bore. Clocking in at two hours and fifty minutes this entry suffers from the same excessive length and overkill that seems to be a hallmark of the series.
Returning to the well for a third time is Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orland Bloom. Their individual characters storylines are so convulsed and uninteresting that it becomes a burden to try and keep a clear picture of who’s doing what to whom. Ultimately this leads to frustration and then finally contempt for this harmless, but wholly unnecessary sequel. You know there is something wrong when Depp doesn’t show up until almost 40 minutes in. Subtitled ‘At World’s End’ a more appropriate moniker may have been ‘At Wits End’. All the goodwill has been drained from the series at this point resulting in something that is closer to a product than a film.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom
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