Anyone who has read a few of my reviews knows that I can put up with a lot of nonsense in movies. I don't mind over-reliance on CGI, confusing plots, surprise twists, or even movies claiming to be 2+ hours that actually seem more like 6. But if there's one thing that I cannot stand, it is the opening of a seemingly interesting plot line that is subsequently never resolved or even addressed again. In Pirates 3, I swear to god, there are easily three or four interesting twists introduced, none of which go anywhere at all.
It's wasn't so bad though--there were some great piratey action scenes, the special effects were really well done, and the plot itself, while somewhat convoluted at times, was all in all intriguing. Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow was as amusing as ever, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann was still hot, as well as suddenly and inexplicably a badass with a sword, and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner remained as boring as ever.
The cast of characters includes pretty much everyone from the first two movies, as well as a few new faces--so needless to say there are about a squillion people to keep track of. Elizabeth, Will, the resurrected Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and many, many others set off to rescue Jack from Davy Jones' locker (i.e. purgatory of some sort) after he was eaten by the Kraken in the 2nd film. Afterward they must join together with all the pirate lords in order to make a final stand against the evil Dutch East India Trading Company which has been evilly using Davy Jones and his vessel, The Flying Dutchman, to evilly rid the seas of all pirates. Everyone cheers for the pirates to win so that the seas can once again become...well not really safe for anyone being that pirates are not so much lighthearted and funny but rather more interested in pillaging, plundering, and killing off their victims. So...thanks for that, Disney.
Anyone who enjoyed the first two movies will probably like this one as well, as it is fairly consistent in terms of style and imagination to its predecessors. However it is certainly not without its faults, and like Pirates 2 I think a good half hour of some rather dull and pointless scenes could easily have been trimmed off. The first Pirates movie is still far and away better than its sequels, but if you have a spare 6 hours and free popcorn refills, then it's not a horrible way to spend an afternoon.