Shiver me timbers! Actually it was more like ‘shiver me bladder’ as I sat through 2 hours and 40 minutes of the 3rd installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s POTC. The first place I headed off to after the movie was the loo, tugging along my equally bladder-full kid. Sigh.
My sentiments? Well, I kinda enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 more than this one. For one, the ‘exhilarating factor’ in Part 2 was conspicuously missing in this one. The same thespians are there of course and they all played their parts well, with the exception of Kiera Knightly who played Elizabeth. Seeing and hearing her screaming and shouting, trying to encourage the pirates (French, Chinese, Arabic???, African etc etc) to ‘go to war’ was like eating plain tosai – plain and uninspiring.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was in his elements of course, and this time there were decidedly more of him, as he now suffers from auditory and visual hallucinations on top of his rum-fits.
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is still too asthenic and his facial hair is ironically still nicely trimed (despite the fact the others look like they haven’t seen shaver in a millennium) throughout the movie. The thoracotomy inflicted upon his chest (for the cardiectomy ~ removal of his heart) was badly performed (probably by a fly-by-night cosmetic doctor la) leaving a keloid laden scar.
There were loads of slap stick comedy but they kinda fell flat. I laughed out loud probably about 5 times throughout the movie.
And everyone has terrible dental hygiene!!!! Ugh!
And everyone needs a good bath and scrub!
To cut to the chase, in the end, the pirates won against the might of the East India Company. And everyone cheers!
Frankly I think the show overglamourized the pirates and the people who set out to destroy them were demonized. In truth, real pirates are real menace on the high seas, they will not think twice before killing anyone and plundering any ships that cross their path.
Oh well, it’ s just a movie. The ending kinda sucks though…
My final verdict: 6/10
Update: While talking with some students and Fibrate yesterday, I found out that most of them missed the real ending of the show which came after the credits! I only caught it because I was so busy looking for my son’s lost sandals! So guys, if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t leave the cinema so soon ya.