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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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THE Reason the Pirating Life Came to an End

  • Aug 14, 2007
Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and the rest of the pirates are on a quest to bring Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) back from the land of the dead. Their journey is greatly been hampered because Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) is in possession of Davy Jones' heart and controls the seas, making himself and the East India Trading Company extremely wealthy and supreme commander of the world's waterways. With world domination in sight, Beckett wants to wipe out the last of the pirates. In order to do so he has to find where Shipwreck Island is, the place where the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court are meeting and keep them from uniting their pieces of eight. If the pirate lords succeed the sea goddess Calypso will be released and the power of Davy Jones' heart will be no more. Meanwhile Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Barbossa, and crew travel to the world's end.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END could have been an incredible movie. I was a tad disappointed after seeing DEAD MAN'S CHEST because it made the films a tight an interconnected trilogy instead of allowing each movie to stand on its own. Yet, DEAD MAN'S CHEST ended on such a cliffhanger that I was excited to see how everything would come together in AT WORLD'S END. Though the loose ends are tied-up by the end of the film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END was the biggest movie disappointment of the year so far.

I will grant that the film does explore some of the history and motives of some of the series more important secondary figures. I give the screenwriters and filmmakers credit for that. I will also give credit for beginning the movie in a truly swashbuckling fashion in the underworld of the Orient. Lastly, the scene of the meeting of the Pirate Lords was handled rather nicely especially the treat of seeing Keith Richards portray Jack Sparrow's father and keeper of the Code, Capt. Teague.

But those are the only things that stand out in the movie. The rest is an over-the-top, incoherent, convoluted, blundered mess. Let's start with action sequences. This is a movie that is supposed to be about the very real possible extermination of the world's last remaining pirates. The pirate lords all join forces to fight against the East Indian Trading Company and Davy Jones' Flying Dutchman. Yet, the battle that supposedly takes place is nonexistent. This is the biggest missing action sequence, but it happened several times during the movie. There's also the ten minute conversation the Jack Sparrow has with multiple variations of himself. Other than to illicit a cheap laugh, the scene serves no function and only makes the story even more confusing than it already is. That's not to say that the Pirate franchise hasn't been a little confusing all along. However, in the previous two movies, things were at least presented in a believable enough manner to allow for the suspension of our disbelief. That doesn't happen in AT THE WORLD'S END. Take the whole subplot with Calypso. The goddess of the sea trapped in human form by humans??? Where did that come from? Then when Calypso is released she looks more like a bad special effect from ATTACK OF THE 50 FT WOMAN instead of a powerful goddess. Or what about how things end up working out between Will and Elizabeth; I don't want to reveal what happens, but the way things work out is just way too weird. Or what about the Kraken, why didn't it appear again and threaten some more ships instead of just being written off?

I will say that for such a seemingly epic and supernatural movie, the acting remained consistent and pretty good. Johnny Depp is always a delight to watch, Chow Yun-Fat is a pleasure to watch perform, and I even felt a bit sorry for Will Turner a few times because Orlando Bloom stopped being himself and started to act. Still, the best acting in the world couldn't save this bloated mess from falling over a waterfall of tepidity. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END could have been the movie to keep pirates cool, instead it ended up being the movie that makes people thankful that and remember why pirate movies aren't made very often.

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review by . January 04, 2011
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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
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review by . July 05, 2010
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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.
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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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