Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Reviews
Let me preface by saying Curse of the Black Pearl will always be my favorite Pirates and I didn't much enjoy Dead Man's Chest but At World's End fits nicely between the two as far as ranking goes. The most visually stunning moments were the snow and ice, the stars and Shipwreck Cove. They looked so real I thought I was there. There were many laugh out loud moments including Pintel's pronunciation of macabre as "macabree." However, if you asked me to name the star I'd easily say Jack the Monkey stole the show. Counting favorite moments again would be the phallic hand telescopes. I burst out in laughter both times. The "Up Is Down" sequence was beyond amazing though totally unrealistic. (Heck is anything realistic in this film?) For a brief moment you get to set Davy Jones's true form and that was quite cool. Calypso, who could have been quite spectacular, was given an extremely limited screen time almost as if she was thrown in as an afterthought. And though Keith Richards only graces the screen for mere moments his performance was memorable. But wait! Pirates wouldn't dare leave out its trademark mandatory over-the-top sword fight! And it doesn't. And it's silly. Plus, remember the two guards Jack sneaks past on the docks to commandeer the Interceptor? Well, they pop up in a quite humorous moment in the end. Watch for it. Can I end by saying, I think Orlando Bloom is gorgeous but his good looks are often ignored by the drooling Depp fangirls. No longer! As Captain Turner (at the very end) Will lets his locks hang loose and sports the trendy pirate bandana. And I think I drooled right into my popcorn. I am glad filmmakers didn't make the stupid mistake of putting Jack and Liz together. The movie ends set up for a fourth despite the fact that some actors said no more. I hope we will see more Pirates. It's a franchise I wouldn't mind seeing pop up again and again.
My final word is see this film. It cleans up the mess the second film left behind.
The plot is ? well, your guess is as good as ours. There?s much sailing to and fro; something about a magical navigation chart, presumably to match Jack?s magical compass; lots of crosses, double-crosses, triple-crosses and so-many-crosses-it?s-basically-a-porcupine; and mini story arcs for even the most minor characters. Is the story confusing and out of place, absolutely!! Do I really care, no not really. This film is still a good time to watch. Again this franchise is not willing to have an Oscar on its plate, it is more of a popcorn fun film. Do I recommend it, yeah. Would be great to see a very smart Pirates of the Caribbean film. Yes!! Fun time.
As we arrive into the third film in the series, things have taken a much stranger turn. Ever more so than the final movie. It is certainly a dispatch from the previous films, where the theme becomes slightly abstract, and plot devices tend to muddle the overall story. The world is changing, and in it, there is no more room for piracy. Under rule of the King of England, the Caribbean islands have begun executing all known pirates, associates of pirates, and even surprisingly... the children of pirates. We enter the film at the gallows and witness hanging after hanging in a strongly dark montage of death. This certainly sets the tone for the remainder of the film. William, Elizabeth align themselves with Captain Hector Barbossa on a mission to find Jack who was 'lost at sea'. It's unknown how much time has passed since we last saw him, but it could be inferred that it is not too long after his meeting with the Kraken (a giant sea squid under the control of Davy Jones). Everyone has lost some part of their hopes, or has betrayed each other at this point and even Davy Jones is under the control of the East India Trading Company.
This is perhaps the only movie where I really criticize the direction in the whole pirates film series. It is such a departure from the previous film, that perhaps it's even stranger than the following movie 'On Stranger Tides'. I thought that although there has always been a sense of the mystic in the Pirates movies, this one gets really abstract and convoluted. I understand that perhaps Gore Verbinsky, was trying to wrap up the original trilogy in this entry, but the writing and characterization really gets lost along the way. Johnny Depp changed the most, not physically mind you, but he really portrays Jack as an insane man. I'm not entirely sure why he's so nuts in this one, I but I think it takes away from the charm that is Captain Jack Sparrow. Other characters have become somewhat dulled, especially Orlando Bloom ask Will. He doesn't seem that interested in what's going on around him, even as he interacts with different people throughout the film, he and Keira Knightly seemed a little lackluster. Bill Nighy remains my favourite character in the series, and really excels as a somewhat deterred yet still delightfully aggressive Davy Jones.
The real shame is the plot, as there are a couple of really big plot holes, especially when it comes to the use of Calypso. I thought that there was a reason she was there in the final battle, and that the pirates had a trump card up their sleeve, but she really didn't serve much of a purpose. In the end she was almost a non-event. If she was always this powerful, why didn't they just use her from the start? Perhaps that simpler idea is what they wanted to avoid, to push the plot along for almost 3 hours, which makes this movie the longest entry in the series.
Overall it's not a bad ending to the original trilogy of films, but definitely the most perplexing and complicated of the series.
Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow is as interesting a character to watch as ever, but there's a lot to "At World's End" that could have been left on the cutting room floor.