At World’s End or at a creative end? The movie was simultaneously tough to follow and mind-numbingly stupid. Another insipid sequel to what began as pretty good entertainment.
While it is a pirate movie, it was shocking to see so much death and mayhem in a Disney flick. Starting with the opening scene (which after the 169 minute running time felt like it was 2 movies ago) in which bodies are piled up in an accidental homage to Monty Python’s Holy Grail all the way through to the epic battle, staged in two parts, each with sufficient gore to have qualified it as rated R in my opinion. (Is the movie-going public and the ratings board so desensitized to on-screen death that even now with movie effects so realistic, death doesn’t rate even a shrug? That’s another post.)
The plot was lame and the bloody battles were downright unpleasant but at least the comic relief was top notch. Lots of laugh out loud moments, many of them featuring Barbossa’s henchmen. Depp’s take on Jack Sparrow hasn’t grown old for me yet. And a nice bonus with Keith Richards as his father. I still like Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa and he had some of the best lines of the film – worth turning on the captions to keep up with his classic pirate-speak!
Rating: 4 (out of 10)