'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
(Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, et al / PG-13 / 106 mins / BVHE)
Overview: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) boldly goes where no pirate has gone before. Along with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the unconventional seafarer sails into uncharted waters and meets a new rival, Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), on the high seas.
Verdict: The third installment in the trilogy is very long, with a hundred characters and lots of plot, and most of the pirates, while speaking, actually sound exactly like "Arrrrrrrhh!!" ... so you're sort of just waiting for action to speak more clearly than words — truth be told! It does, eventually, and it does so in a way that's been designed to deliver maximum sensory blast. It's loud, the effects are cool, there are multiple Jack Sparrows and great Fish People, as well as a fantastic finale battle that'll simultaneously confuse and thrill you. As far as meaningless summer entertainments go, it does exactly what you want it to.
Oh yeah, and Keith Richards' cameo is what to look out for! The movie doesn't truly start until Richards pops in for a visit as Depp's dad!