Like Avatar, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series was actually shot using 3D cameras. However, unlike Avatar there’s seldom any sense as you’re watching the really pretty rubbish film that director Rob Marshall (Chicago) understands how to do anything interesting with the 3D format.
The 3D highlight actually occurs right at the film’s start, with most of the London sequence enjoying some effective use of 3D depth for both the ‘chase’ and courtroom parts of the sequence.
After this hope-raising start, though, the 3D effect is very underplayed, to the point where you seldom if ever feel its presence in any meaningful or worthwhile way.
Interestingly the London sequence was actually shot last even though it sits at the film’s start, so it could be that the relative 3D success of this sequence is down to the experience the crew picked up while shooting the rest of the film.
Overall, though, one good 3D sequence isn’t really enough reason to spend extra on buying the 3D version of the film rather than the 2D version.