The boys saw this last week but held off on judgment to allow the rest of the world to catch up. As usual the fellas have been placed in a soundproof chamber so as to not influence their answers (and so they didn't claw at each other). Who's right? Who's wrong? You decide!
Where does this rank among the trilogy?
I've got it second, behind Dead Man's Chest but in front of the original. Now this may just be because I've forgotten much of the first one, and I generally like the second parts of big franchises best (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, LOTR: The Two Towers).
Personally I can't really rank this one, as what it does more than any other is bring the entire trilogy together. It doesn't for a moment stand on its own. At Worlds End never has any time to be ANOTHER pirate story. Instead it takes the previous two movies, ties both of their stories together and does something I haven't seen before. It makes the entire Pirates universe bigger, rather than smaller.
What could the film have used more of?
Way more Jack Sparrow! What other recurring character in our current movie universe offers this much entertainment? Sadly he's become a second fiddle to the Bloom-Knightley romance and that's a real shame.
More scenes in which Keira Knightley professes her undying love for film critic/reporter C. Robert Cargill. She really can't say that enough. Aside from that I think they had enough of everything.
What could the film have used less of?
The aforementioned romance. POTC threw in some love angles for the first two but it was taken to a whole new level here. We were bludgeoned by the romance. That's easily the weakest part of the movie and deleting it would have given us 35 minutes back, which would have solved the length, the other main issue of At World's End.
Whiny film critics who can't decide whether there was too much going on or too little plot. Honestly, this movie had the right amount of everything for me.
Do you want to see a fourth one or are you contented?
I'll always take more of this franchise, as long as Depp is involved. This is a known commodity - funny, adventurous, and with big summer style. I'd never pass on the concept of another one, though without the original writers and Gore Verbinski involved I'd have a ton of worry heading into the theater.
Only if they have a great story and can do it right. This one ended perfectly, and several of the character's stories are done. I wouldn't mind seeing another film or trilogy if they could find a story that's REALLY worth telling, or wanted to take the series in a brand new direction. But if this summer has proved anything it's that we've pretty much had our fill of sequels that exist only to make money.
Any other Disney rides you can think of that warrant a movie adaptation?
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been attempted throughout the past 90 years but never with anything nearing success. And who wouldn't want to see Splash Mountain featuring the latest en vogue starlet and a script written in crayon?
I remember the Country bears being...no wait. That'll never work. Haunted Mansion was pretty spiffy - you know, as long as they don't give it to someone like Eddie Murphy...no wait. That won't work either. Oooh! Star Tours! Yeah. A movie surrounding that big battle that they fly you through on Star Tours! I think that ship was called the Death Planet or Death Star or something. That movie would be awesome! That and Captain Eo! Who can get enough of Michael Jackson? (cough)