Friday, June 01, 2007
At Patiences End
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is too long, has too many subplots (but no real plot), is too long, rambles badly, and, oh yeah, it's too long. The series has hit the point of diminishing returns for me. I really liked the first one, was okay with the second one, and unfortunately, didn't care much for the third one.
There's some fun stuff. ILM does the usual bang up job of the special effects. Keira Knightley is quite the hottie. Johnny Depp is his usual impressive self. Keith Richards does indeed make a cameo.
But overall the movie just seems, in the words of Jack Burton, to go nowhere. Fast. There's also some pretty questionable moral base for the actions of the supposed heroes, which doesn't set well with me, but I'd have to take the movie way too seriously to discuss that, and I don't. Did I mention it's too long? I found myself checking my watch pretty frequently in the last hour of the movie.
There were a couple of middle age ladies in the audience today who were obviously all about the Depp, and they giggled and cooed whenever he made a face or said something clever. I think that pretty much sums the movie up. If you like to see Depp do his thing, you'll probably have a good time. If you were hoping for a story that makes any kind of sense, well, you should probably pick another movie. This one could have used some serious editing.