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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

The third film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series released in 2007.

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  • Apr 24, 2009
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The first Pirates movie was superbly well written and directed, capturing all the major elements of a theme park ride and somehow weaving them into a compelling story. The writers (Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio) balanced a range of elements that everyone wanted to see, the casting was great (except the ever-abysmal Keira Knightley) and Gore Verbinski gave the whole thing a really interesting look. Since pirate films have been death in theaters for years (Cutthroat Island took both Renny Harlin and Geena Davis into obscurity), overall the whole thing was a great success.
I watched a 'making of' documentary when the second one was being released, and the writers were interviewed. Reading between the lines, their point of view was simply that the first film was self-contained with no intentions of sequels, and now they were ask to stretch the story for another two films. Oh crap. This smacks of the Matrix Problem, that all the major character arcs were completed and the story's universe has nowhere to go after the first part. Mix this with audience test screenings - that everyone liked Barbossa and the Shakespearean-esque 'comedy' of Pintel and Ragetti - and it's not looking so hot for the rest of the franchise, especially since we'll have to bring Barbossa back from the dead.

The second film did surprisingly well story-wise, mainly due to a really successful addition of an entirely new element - Davy Jones - which was pulled off with flawless special effects. And even though the major characters from before bumbled around and had very little to do emotionally, visually it had enough happening to keep the audience interested.

Unfortunately, the whole thing falls apart in the third installment, where they try to incorporate yet another layer of characters - some sort of world pirates league - with some pot-induced mind-bending hallucination scenes, while tying up the manufactured loose ends. Every five minutes all the characters change their agendas, every sequence leads to another action sequence, and it's like watching an extended music video. And wow did they extend it - the first film was pushing the limits at 143 minutes, the second went further with 151, and the last part clocks in at 163 minutes. That's almost 3 hours, and there's just not enough to justify this being any longer than 110 minutes at most.

Naturally, Jerry Bruckheimer's not far away when films get loud, bad and confusing (I love the Onion article on his deal to screw up Thundercats, quote: "I won't rest until I get every last scene wrong.") It's a shame that Pirates ended this way, but you know something's wrong when they try to make Keira Knightley a leading lady. The only positive is that CGI is absolutely amazing these days, but it would be nice to have a decent story too.

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May 08, 2009
I don't have any problem with long movies as long as I'm being entertained--I love Bollywood flix and 2 hours and 45 minutes is standard running time for them. But your right about this flick. It just didn't go anywhere I wanted to be.
May 08, 2009
Too bad to, I loved the first two PotC films. This one just fell flat.
 
April 24, 2009
Wow, great review. This was in the rental list but I'll take it out now. 160 minutes is way too long for my ADD. I'll just wait for it to be on the tube. :)
April 24, 2009
Thanks! Yeah, we had to break the viewing into 3 nights. Btw, it's available on Netflix Instant viewing.
 
April 24, 2009
Absolutely agree ... this third installment made no sense and definitely came off as an attempt to extend the franchise and bring in a few more $$. Unfortunate.
Nice assessment. Great review!
 
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review by . May 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The most important thing to know about the Pirates of the Caribbean movies before going to see one is they are not popcorn movies, at least not in the common sense of the word. They are great special effects festivals, that's for sure; but they also require your undivided attention to know what's going on. (Especially the last two.) So if you're looking for something fun and mindless to rob you of two hours while you stuff your face and enjoy an AC set on the "arctic blast" setting, Jessica Alba …
review by . January 04, 2011
I have decided to rewrite this review now that I have seen the first two movies, and may I say, this film isn't all bad. It's not as good as the first, but of the same quality as Dead Man's Chest. The main problems associated with this film are that it has too many characters, too many subplots, and is too damn long. It also leaves too many unanswered questions (especially regarding Will and Elizabeth) that I know won't be answered in On Stranger Tides because Keira and Orlando …
review by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I have to say I thought this was just going to be like the other movies just as good, but when I actually saw it I had to see it again, to rejudge what I have to say about it, the acting was worst then the beginning ones, I always thought movies are supposed to get better as the sequels keep going, but this one.. I really disliked. I really enjoyed the other movies they have made, this one just didn't cut it maybe I had higher expectations for this to be a better/nicer movie. …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Great use of surreal visualizations in this film. Also could not forget Keith Richard's as dad to Johnny Depp.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
i have to say im glad this is the last pirate movie with will turner and elisabeth swan in it because their characters are getting a little played out. but all in all its a great movie well worth the watch and the wait.
review by . July 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I liked the first two movies of the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy [Blu-ray], I thought Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End (Widescreen Edition) was a weak finale. The special effects are superb and acting is decent. Johnny Depp still steals the show and has some great lines. However, the plot is extremely convoluted and comes close to being ridiculous. Some parts are just boring, like the search into Davy Jone's locker - with the ship sailing upside-down and an invasion of crabs. I've watched …
Quick Tip by . December 30, 2009
Poor follow-up that falls flat due to a weak plot that fails to tie up loose ends, too much innuendo and relies on weird, misplaced humor.
review by . July 09, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
As I mentioned before, Pirates of the Caribbean had two sequels, filmed at the same time.  The third film is something of the biggest in the series, yet it is also a film that will sometimes make you question just what the second film was there for, and at the same time wondering if perhaps Disney was a ltitle too self-indulgent and overreaching.  The second film was sloppy but still fun.  Despite having very little story or plot involved.  The third film has a ton of story …
review by . November 24, 2008
We own the whole collection of Pirates movies. In my opinion the first is the best. This was probaly my least favorite of the series. However it's still a good movie. I highly recommend Blu-Ray instead of DVD. The picture is fantastic, you won't regret it. I noticed someone else said the movie had issues playing on a PS3, that is what we use to pay our movies and we have had no problems.
review by . January 18, 2008
The first POTC harkened back to the mid 20th century, during an era where studios pinned their hopes on grand adventure movies with romance, action and comedy spliced in as needed. The second POTC was pure comedy, hilarious, nonsensical and ridiculous as only Disney can be and still be funny. This third and final installment of POTC is deadly serious. With less comedy and less romance than the previous two, At World's End is really a drama with episodes of comedy, adventure and suspense added in. …
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a rollicking voyage in the same spirit of the two earlier Pirates films, yet far darker in spots (and nearly three hours to boot). The action, largely revolving around a pirate alliance against the ruthless East India Trading Company, doesn't disappoint, though the violence is probably too harsh for young children. Through it all, the plucky cast (Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush) are buffeted by battle, maelstroms, betrayal, treachery, a ferocious Caribbean weather goddess, and that gnarly voyage back from the world's end--but with their wit intact. As always, Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow tosses off great lines ; he chastises "a woman scorned, like which hell hath no fury than!" He insults an opponent with a string of epithets, ending in "yeasty codpiece."!

In the previous The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow was killed--sent to Davy Jones' Locker. In the opening scenes, the viewer sees that death has not been kind to Sparrow--but that's not to say he hasn't found endless ways to amuse himself, cavorting with dozens of hallucinated versions of himself on the deck of the Black Pearl. But Sparrow is needed in this world, so a daring rescue brings him back. Keith Richards' much ballyhooed appearance as Jack's dad is little more than a cameo, though he does play a wistful guitar. But the action, as always, is more than satisfying, held together by Depp, who, ...

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Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 24, 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
Runtime: 167 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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