Despite what most of his fans would say (it’s difficult to digest), as it stands Jonny Depp is overrated. When the credits began rolling, I was honestly not upset at how bad this movie was. I entered the theater expecting the sinking ships’ latest addition to be underwhelming. This, along with a no-name director and little screen-time for Orlando Bloom or Kiera Knightley, helped keep my expectations at bay. I’d dismissed the movie as an obvious cash grab with no real need for quality entertainment. Hollywood is predictable, and the outcome of this movie was as well. As I began standing up to take my leave, I can honestly say I was not upset with the film.
Until the clapping started.
I couldn’t believe it. The audience started clapping! How can this be? What are they clapping for? I saw the film because I’m in the industry, was with my family, and needed to use a gift card. If any of those three elements did not exist, I wouldn’t have even considered it – yet these people are clapping?
To quote a better time in the franchise:
“One good deed is not enough to redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness.”
– Commodore Norrington | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Such is the case in its latest attempt at appealing to the pirate lover in all of us using little more than amazing visuals and special effects; one good effect is not enough to redeem a movie of 129 minutes of boredom. This movie is bad. It tells no further story. It erases everything significant that came before it. It’s not nearly as funny as it is embarrassing.