Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End contains all the pieces that made The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest successful — a killer cast, snippets of comedy, and lots of adventurous action. Sadly, At World’s End is nothing more than a money-grubbing sequel that tries to outdo its predecessors with more ships, cannons, characters, and parlays. In addition, the film forgot one important rule: avoid mediocrity.
When we last left Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), he was condemned to Davy Jones’ locker for eternity. Not for long.
As the Black Pearl descends off the edge of the map, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), Will (Orlando Bloom), and the resurrected Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) attempt to rescue Captain Jack from the void of the locker. With assistance from the mysterious Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) and a pack of other pirates, all involved must unite the nine pirate lords to help defeat Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), and the East India Company.
With At World’s End now part of the trilogy, it seems as though the Pirates vehicle was stuck in a ditch after Dead Man’s Chest. Even though the gas is applied in At World’s End, the wheels spin and the car goes nowhere. In the end, the characters converge and a few unexpected twists occur. Blah, blah, blah...
This is what happens when sequels attempt to one-up their predecessors; the result is clutter and chaos. Either everyone involved had too much rum in their system or too much greed in their hearts in making Pirates 3. Walt Disney Pictures’ eye was on the prize, not the production. To boot, throwing in Keith Richards, as Captain Jack’s father, only adds cameo cash-in value.