The last time we left Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) he had sacrificed himself to a giant sea monster. It was a cliffhanger not unlike the end of the Matrix: Reloaded, Back to the Future 2 or even Empire Strikes Back.
The filmmakers knew Captain Jack would be back just how do you guarantee the audience will be back to grant him in his next installment.
In the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Captain Jack’s friends, well friends is a relative term when it comes to these movies, journey to the ends of the Earth and into the afterlife to save Captain Jack. You might ask why would they want to save him.
Well that’s deeply connected into the whole Pirates mythology and to be perfectly honest I was quite confused as well.
The third movie is a little less over the top than the second film. I have to say duller than second but like the second pails in comparison of the first.
The afterlife sequence is beyond tedious, the giant ocean naval battle is predictable and the performances silly. The saving grace and a must see of the film is the giant pirate meeting between all the pirate lords. This sequence is quite funny and well keeps in perfect spirit of the series.
Johnny Depp is really the only reason to watch these films and he doesn’t disappoint in this film. I especially love his sequence with rock legend Keith Richards. We all knew that scene was coming but when I first saw it, I had goosebumps.
Another fun sequence is the bathhouse scene where they try to spring Orlando Bloom from Chow Yun Fat’s clutches.
I really did like those scenes and a couple of the endings to the stories especially what happens to Orlando bloom’s boorish hero.
Now that we know they are doing a fourth Pirates movie you can see exactly where they plan to follow Captain Jack and why the rest of the cast is unnecessary. Here’s hoping they bring back Geoffrey Rush too.
(3 out of 5)
So Says the Soothsayer