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Round 1 of Official Reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

Published May 23, 2007 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney.
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The early consensus on Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End was that the film was not as good as the first installment but definitely better than Dead Man's Chest. Well, touché, as the first official reviews to appear for the film seem to agree with this notion.

Screening Report for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End


Some official reviews have appeared online for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds end claiming that, though the film is the biggest installment to date, it is not the best nor is it the worst. Have a gander to see what I mean.


Variety
The third voyage in the "Pirates" trilogy could be touted as "the biggest, loudest and second-best (or second-worst) 'Pirates' ever!" -- not necessarily a ringing endorsement, but honest. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" clocks in at more than 2¾ hours, but, unlike last year's bloated sequel, at least possesses some semblance of a destination, making it slightly more coherent -- if no less numbing during the protracted finale. A bountiful opening is assured. The running time could diminish this swashbuckler's staying power, but Disney would likely leap at "Pirates IV" in a heartbeat if the principals would enlist for another tour at sea.

In a sense, the two "Pirates" sequels feel less like movies than a shared event -- much like a concert where the audience sits patiently through lesser known numbers to hear the band belt out favorite tunes. A similar phenomenon occurs during the arid stretches (and there are several) in this sprawling, messy adventure, to be endured until Johnny Depp does something flamboyantly amusing or a new face like Keith Richards or Chow Yun-Fat graces the screen.



Village Voice
And so Disney's immense, booty-busting, pro-piracy epic has come to an End. I doubt very much that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is, in fact, the last we'll be seeing of Captain Jack Sparrow and, you know, all those other people. How could it be? Treasure remains to be squeezed from Planet Earth, great swaths of which are evidently held captive by the grip of this imbecilic Giant Squid. Far be it from me to spoil the conclusion of the picture, which may or may not hint at adventures to come. Not that I could even if I tried: Long before the third, fourth, or fifth climax in this endless, obligatory summer diversion, I slunk into my seat in a passive, inattentive stupor, fully submitting to the fact that I hadn’t the slightest idea what the hell was going on.


I have been told that the film can get a bit confusing, something that VillageVoice was sure to point out. Whatever, as long as its better than the second we should be guaranteed one hell of a ride.

Check out both official reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End by clicking on the bold links above.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End opens to theatres on May 24th.

For stills, posters, trailers, updates and more movie info, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Movie Page.

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