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Re: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

A lot of the criticism you gave At World’s End revolved around things that were left unexplained. Through my nerdy searchings on the internet, I heard that Verbinski cut out quite a lot of material, due to the length of the film. If a director’s cut is ever released on DVD, would you add that in to your review? I think your opinion might change a little then.

I agree with most of what you said in your review but I still had one of the best theater experiences in a long time (probably the best since The Return of the King) I might e‑mail you again as regards to what I disagreed with. By the way, I’ve almost all your reviews and I think your the best movie critic on the web. Keep up the good work!

While I concede it’s possible that an extended cut might clear up some of the problems with POTC: At World’s End, I have to think that the main effect would be to make an already bloated 168-minute film even more bloated. Plus, my biggest problems with the film are the sort of thing that no possible additions could fix.

I suppose it’s theoretically possible (though unlikely, I think) that on the cutting-room floor is footage that makes sense of Davy Jones and Calypso’s relationship arc, or even Barbossa’s return. But no restored footage is going to fix the ruined ending, for instance. It didn’t need to be longer. It needed a better story and a better ending.

The worst thing about At World’s End is that it now sucks half the fun out of last year’s Dead Man’s Chest, which I loved at the time, and still enjoy. The two films are so tightly tied together that I can’t properly enjoy Dead Man’s Chest, knowing that there’s nowhere to go from there.

Sigh. At least we still have the original.

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