Ryan Chartrand

When going to watch the third movie in a trilogy it is inevitable that you would have preconceived expectations or prejudices regarding the film. That was definitely the case when I saw “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”

I enjoyed the first movie in the trilogy. It’s not one of my all-time favorites or anything, but I was definitely entertained.

The problem arose with the second movie. It seemed like a forced sequel to me. I waited for hours and hours, but never got to the see the conclusion I was fighting to stay awake for.

By the end of the movie, I was thrilled to see the lights in the theater turn back on so I could get the hell out of there.

So, with the memory of last year’s “Pirates” movie fresh in my mind, I wasn’t too excited to hear about the trilogy’s finale coming to theaters.

However, when I saw the previews during a commercial break last week, I convinced myself that it might actually exceed my expectations. Dumb idea.

The movie starts where the last one ended. Only problem was, I couldn’t remember how the last movie ended. I patiently waited for a few lines of reminder dialogue, like in most sequels, but it didn’t come.

I had to wait until after the movie to Google a synopsis of the last movie just to remember the origin of certain feuds. Honestly, if someone hadn’t seen the first two movies, I doubt that they’d have a clue as to what’s going on in this one.

I felt completely lost through the entire movie, like I wasn’t quite getting the whole picture. Turns out, I was indeed following the plot correctly, it was really just that damn confusing.

You’ve heard the saying, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” Well, it’s definitely applicable to this trilogy. Captain Jack Sparrow is still seeking fortune and fame, and Orlando Bloom’s character is still after the girl.

The worst part was there wasn’t even a badass swashbuckling scene until the end of the movie! Sure, the special effects were amazing, but that was about it.

Once again, I found myself trapped in a never-ending movie full of men with bad teeth and eyeliner. The only character I truly liked was the monkey that rides aboard the Black Pearl.

The movie started at 10:45 p.m., and I was half expecting it to be light outside when I left. Amazingly, it turns out that it was only about three hours long.

As Cinematical.com writer Ryan Stewart puts it, “About seven hours into ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,’ someone stuffs a monkey into a cannon, lights the fuse, and sends it shooting across the deck to crash into another character.

That monkey is like us, the audience – bruised, confused, and unsure what it did to deserve this punishment.” I couldn’t have expressed my feelings more perfectly.

I was thrilled to hear that this was supposed to be the final movie in the series. However, I hate to inform you that the ending of this movie makes a fourth movie frighteningly possible.

For those of you who loved the first two movies, and even this one, I apologize. Walking out of the theater, I overheard several people discussing how much they enjoyed the film, but I just don’t get what you guys see in it. However, I will admit that monkey was awesome.

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