Pirates of the Caribbean III Review

Yes, I’ve seen it despite the abysmal reviews: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. And you know what? It’s heaps better than Shrek 3 or Spiderman 3, and in fact it’s better than the previous film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest as well.

Nobody would call this film “art” or even good film making, but it was damned entertaining. It runs nearly 3 full hours, and I didn’t look at my watch, unlike during Dead Man which I did nothing but look at my watch and that was only 2-1/2 hours. Like its predecessors, there’s a little surprise at the very end of the credits. Hang around. This film won’t win any Oscars, but I believe Keith Richards ought to win one for playing himself so well, in a splendid cameo as Sparrow‘s dad.

This was scattered, rollicking fun. There wasn’t a whole lot of point. The cross, double-cross, and triple-cross was confusing. But ultimately, it just didn’t matter: it was fun. This film is a fitting end, and I hope they leave it there because it’s a good way to end: on an up note. I’m sure greedy heads will prevail, though.

Besides being an adventure film, this is full of comedy of the “bust a gut” variety and you’ll laugh your way through it. There are any number of continuity issues if you try and think too hard, but don’t bother, it’s not the point.

There’s allusion to many things including the original pirates ride with the beloved line “show them your starboard side, dearie” and such.

Yo ho! Yo ho! A pirate’s life for me.

And plenty of bad teeth. Don’t forget the bad teeth.

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