Another franchise, another definitive ranking.
I have more affection for the entirety of the first trilogy that Gore Verbinski delivered than most people seem to have. The movies that followed, though, had no idea what was appealing at all about those first three. Diluting the weirdness, pushing Jack Sparrow forward even though he ends up with little to no reason for being around, and then introducing new characters with a great need to connect them familially with established characters all combine together for little more than the definition of corporate cash grabs.
All I know is that I want Gore Verbinski to make more movies, and I wouldn’t complain if that Bioshock movie of his suddenly came together.
Below is my ranking of the franchise. Do check out all of my other lists. I have many.
“This movie sucked.”
“It’s a middling entertainment in the end. It starts pretty strong but ends weakly. There could have been more adventures with Jack Sparrow in his appropriate supporting role, but it looks like Disney doesn’t want to work with him anymore. So, if this franchise continues, we’re probably just going to get some kind of hard reboot if we get any kind of movie at all.”
“The plot is overcomplicated, the first third is dedicated to undoing the last moments of the previous film, and the tone, especially in the beginning, is too serious for its own good. And yet, it still wants desperately to entertain me at a cost of $300 million, and I keep being entertained by the excessiveness of it all. It doesn’t reach the tonal heights of the first, but I can easily imagine worse ways to finishing out this kind of trilogy.”
“Still, the buckles are swashed good and fun.”
“The movie is a film of extravagance, taking the huge budget for both sequels and throwing them at the screen in ungainly ways…The three-way sword fight between Jack, Will, and Norrington as they fight over control of the key on a beach, up a hill, into the ruins of a church, and then on top of and inside a rolling water wheel is action that’s always changing, never getting boring, and consistently visually engaging.”