Jack is back in this lengthy but lustrious summer thrill ride

During sequel summer, the rum-flavored brilliance of Captain Jack Sparrow returns to “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” This movie has the predictable peg-legs, eye patches, and bad hygiene. More than that, it has fish-men, an undead monkey and a cameo appearance from a braindead guitar legend. It even has a giant voodoo priestess with a severe case of crabs. The plot is thick with self-interested characters willingly deceiving one another in order to feed their desires and obtain personal goals. At times it is more serious than the previous two and at other times more ridiculous. Even with all these positive things, its flaws try to push it away from greatness. After watching the first two movies of this series, the extra long, death-free sword fights intertwined with PG-13 laughs will not come as a surprise. Also, the unexplained gaps in the plot-line momentarily leave you lost, but none of this is new to the series. Specific to “At World’s End” is a scene between young lovers during what should be an intense action sequence. It may be well received by the innocent hearts of the younger crowd, but it was unbearable and annoying for me. This is a movie about pirates; less kissing, more killing! Another scene that was abortive and out of place was Keira Knightley delivering a lengthy “Braveheart” inspirational speech. During this, I was wondering: when is someone going to make fun of her for trying to be so strangely serious? That moment never came. Much of my admiration is due to a movie this large that will still take chances with an unsafe and possibly unpopular ending. Most of it worked for me, but I was left disappointed by the lack of an absolute end and open possibilities for a fourth movie. Then, there is the length of this one: the longest of the series at just over three hours. Sitting in a small, uncomfortable seat with sticky floors is the least of your problems if you’re forced to tolerate a heavy breather or an open-mouthed popcorn-chewer for that long. The word “torture” comes to mind. However, Geoffrey Rush’s enjoyable evil and Johnny Depp’s charisma and on-screen magnetism are more than enough to make this worthy of watching in the theater and buying on DVD. The elaborate costumes perfectly fit the uncommon tone of a uniquely-made action-comedy. The eye-seducing visuals make all descriptive words useless and inadequate. If you liked the first two, there are few reasons to dislike “At World’s End.”