First: it is REALLY LONG. After previews and commercials, you’ll be sitting there for more than 3 hours. So go to the bathroom before you sit down, and don’t order the large Coke.
The movie itself surprised me. This is not the campy teen comedy that “Curse of the Black Pearl” was. Oh sure, Jack Sparrow is still slightly high and bandy legged. He still has his one liners and his eye liner. But the opening scene of the movie is the mass hanging of hundreds of pirates and pirate supporters, including a singing little boy. The first 25 minutes of the movie look disturbing like “Les Miserables” of the Caribbean and Singapore. It’s darker, and more intense than the two before. Which makes it a better film overall. But don’t bring your ten year old.
The plot is essentially a continuation of the second one. If you can’t remember who ended up with Davy Jones’ heart, or what happened to the Kraken at the end of Dead Man’s Chest, you may want a refresher before this one. I was slightly confused for a few moments until it came back to me.
There are a couple of surprise deaths, a creative wedding ceremony and a fantastic performance by Chow Yun Fat. The meeting of the nine Pirate lords is very entertaining, and twice, the screen is completely filled with hallucinated Jack Sparrows, which is as much a tribute to Johnny Depp’s acting, as to CGI technology.
In all, I enjoyed this movie far more than I enjoyed Dead Man’s Chest, and in a completely different way than I enjoyed Curse of the Black Pearl. It feels as if the franchise has grown up a little, and the ending offered an opportunity for another, completely different, installment. So go see it, or rent it.
Just remember: this isn’t a kids movie.