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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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  • May 17, 2011
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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 and the Silver Surfer await. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End heaps on betrayals, negotiations, and debates of pirate law. If snappy dialogue and Johnny Depp didn't make it so much fun, At World's End would be a total bore most of the way through.

There's no Star Wars-type scrolling dialogue at the beginning of At World's End to bring you up to speed. So know that at the end of Dead Man's Chest, Captains Sparrow and Barbossa switched places, Sparrow defiantly throwing himself at the kraken while Barbossa was brought back to life to lead the crew of the Black Pearl. At World's End begins with Barbossa's rescue of Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones's locker. Meanwhile, the East India Trading Company is suspending suspected pirates' basic rights at will and hanging them en masse. Therefore, the rescue of Jack is only the beginning of the movie. The rest of the movie consists of the betrayals and negotiations and debates already mentioned as the pirates prepare to do battle with the Trading Company for ultimate sea supremacy. At World's End is one of those movies that appears divided: Section one rescues Jack, section two is preparing for the climax, section three is the climax.

At World's End does a great job of resolving all the loose ends at the end of Dead Man's Chest. A few of the endings may make Pirates fans pretty unhappy, though I personally was very satisfied with how the whole saga ended. I particularly like how the jealous boyfriend theme at the end of Dead Man's Chest was resolved. At the end of Dead Man's Chest, a questioning Will Turner looked on as Elizabeth Swann kissed Jack. As the audience knew, she did it in order to get him chained up to the mast of the doomed Black Pearl. Will couldn't see that, however, and so a jealousy subplot in At World's End seemed inevitable. Thankfully however, it isn't drawn out and so the love saga of Will and Elizabeth is brought out to an easy and fitting – if very unexpected – conclusion. The two characters are given time together, but it's just enough to satisfy us.

Who would see a Pirates of the Caribbean movie for the love story, anyway? You're not seeing it to watch Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom coo at each other, are you? No, you're seeing it to watch awesome action, supernatural storylines, brilliant one-liners, visual treats, and Johnny Depp lurching around like a drunk. Since At World's End is meant to be the last in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, all those things are in greater abundance than ever before. Depp plays his part to perfection as he slowly loses his mind in the afterlife. When he gets rescued, he bickers constantly with Barbossa over who has command of the Black Pearl. Depp and Geoffrey Rush, who plays Barbossa, are clearly in this series to have the times of their lives. Both are masterful, unrestrained hams in their parts. Chow Yun-Fat has a small part here as a Chinese pirate named captain named Sao Feng, but it's a waste. Yun-Fat is a popular and talented martial arts actor, and to see him depart from At World's End so soon is disappointing. He would have made the incredible climax even better had he been part of it.

At World's End is a visual treat from the very beginning. The scene where Jack sails to his crew in the afterlife is very memorable, as the Black Pearl glides along on sand with the assistance of rock-like crabs. Close afterward, there's another scene in which many doomed sailors in lifeboats sail into eternity. We see the true human face of Davy Jones, and the release of a sea goddess. The climactic scene is an endless, thrilling battle between Davy Jones's ship, the Flying Dutchman, and Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl in which the two ships circle each other in a whirlpool while firing their cannons as crew members of both jump from ship to ship. I'm making it sound campier than it really is.

The middle of the movie, in which the meat of the plot comes out, could have been a boring stretch. This was a major problem in Dead Man's Chest, but At World's End manages to avoid it because the writing is so slick and features much more of Jack Sparrow. Plus, there's more talk of the pirates' code that made The Curse of the Black Pearl so entertaining. In At World's End, we actually see the code written in book form, and Keith Richards as its keeper. One of the funniest scenes in the film involves a pirates' council debating what to do about the East India Trading Company. The pirates offer up offering trinkets because their special treasures have been taken, then there's a debate about the code, and then they explain why there's no pirate king – because the pirate king is democratically elected with each and every pirate voting for himself.

The humor in At World's End is slightly more in-your-face than it is in The Curse of the Black Pearl or Dead Man's Chest. It also comes at a more rapid pace.

There's so much more I want to say about At World's End. But, as public computers mean I can't sit here pecking out a masterpiece review with two fingers anymore, I can't say everything I want to. I might spoil something anyway. So I'm going to wrap up this review by saying that if Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End doesn't turn out to be the best movie I see all year, it's going to have been a very very great year for movies.

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May 17, 2011
Fabulous review! The one thing that would make the pirates franchise better would be if it had more 'chin' like Campbell LOL! (sorry, you got me started with 'hail to the king') ;)
 
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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 …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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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
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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
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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 . April 24, 2009
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 …
review by . July 09, 2009
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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. …
review by . August 14, 2007
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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 …
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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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