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Doug Wright Reporting
This is the movie season of the threes, "Spider-Man 3", "Shrek the Third" and now the most anticipated of all "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End". Number three in that series.
All of the original cast members are back and as the title implies Capt. Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Capt. Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann all navigate treachery, tenuous alliances and uncharted waters as they sail right off the map in order to fight for their very survival.
Lord Beckett, who controls the heart of and thus now has the allegaince of Davy Jones, is determined to rid the world of all pirates paving the way for unfettered, global domination of the East India Trading Company.
The threat brings all the pirate Lords together to forge a plan to fight back.
This film is really complicated making it tough to keep it all straight. Everything unfolds amind a wash of non-stop frenetic action staged with spectacular but, overwhelming special effects. Like "Spidey 3" and "Shrek the Third", Pirates falls victim to "more can actually be less." We certainly get more action and more thrills, but less character development and less compelling story in a much longer movie.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is absolutely critic proof and it will undoubtedly set all kinds of records this weekend, but I'm only giving it a generous 3 stars and it's rated PG-13.
Oh, by the way, wait through the ending credits for a final, rather important scene.