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Movie Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean – At World’s End

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl is without doubt one of my favourite films of recent times. However, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is one of my biggest disappointments of recent times; it never recaptured the magic and brilliance of its predecessor. So now in 2007, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End arrives and naturally I am a little nervous.

Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) set off to save Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the land of the dead. At the same time Lord Cutler Beckett has formed a lethal alliance with Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) in order to take control of the seas and wipe out the remaining pirates. The pirates will make their final stand by summoning the pirate lords from across the globe, including the infamous Sao Feng (Chow-Yun Fat).

I have given a very brief outline of the story and the reason for that is because there is so much going on in this film I could write a whole review on the plot itself. I am not going to bore you by doing that, of course; however this is my main criticism of At World’s End. Some plot turns are not even explained, they just come and go because the story requires them to. This means at the end of the movie there are unanswered questions.

This is not aided by the dubious, random dialogue characters blurt out in certain scenes; there just seems to be no meaning to some of it.

Despite what I have just mentioned there is a lot to enjoy in the pirates' final outing. I am glad to report that some of the magic of the original picture has been restored, one thing being the return of Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. I loved his character in the first film and felt he was sorely missed in the second. Rush hasn’t let me down, bringing the character back in style; but I have to point out that it his character that gets stuck with a lot of the random dialogue.

One of the disappointing things about Dead Man’s Chest was the lacklustre turns from Knightley and Bloom. Well thankfully they have more than made up for that with stellar turns here. Both characters go out on a high, with Bloom clearly relishing and having a ball with his part, whilst Knightley displays her strongest performance of all three films. She also gets to fight this time around and she does it very convincingly.

Johnny Depp is back in top form as Jack Sparrow. I felt his character was a little overcooked in the second outing and here we get less of Sparrow, but it's so much more in terms of quality. Depp has created a legendary character that will be remembered for years to come.

As for Chow-Yun Fat as a pirate, well I am a huge fan of his work so I was excited about him being in the film and I think he did a solid job but nothing more than that.

The action sequences are so much fun and the special effects are fantastic. In particular a scene at the beginning of the film where a battle breaks out is brilliantly executed with action aplenty plus some hilarious gags thrown in, too. It’s a scene that reminds me so much of what the first film was all about.

I will finish by saying that Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End restores some much-needed magic back into the franchise but does still disappoint at the same time. Now the trilogy has been completed I have to say that only the first of the three films is truly spectacular.

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  • Cassandra

    why haven’t you seen the beauty of it? there’s more to it than you have explained, there’s the unveiling about what calypso really is and the story behind davy jones cutting out his heart. then there’s the love story with Will and Elizabeth that is slightly cheesy but enough to make a cute side plot. i understand that this is your opinion, but sir, we’re quite opposite, in fact i found it to be one of the best movies i’ve seen in a long time. so lighten up a little it’s not as bad as spiderman 3

  • PirateOfTheCaribbean

    I fully agree. I absolutely loved it and I thought it was the best movie ever. It was funny, adventurous, serious, romantic and a bit scary all at the same time. Maybe you just need to find out more about things like that – pirates, ships and all things to do with them. Once you have found something nice aout it you become addicted – look what happened to 3/4 of the world. Some like Johnny Depp, others like Orlando Bloom or Keira Knightley. Some (like me), get drawn by the action and the adventure or the way it all falls in together. There is something about the movie that makes them watch the next one. If there is a number 4 I will definately be watching it. My star rating: *****/*****.

  • andrew walker

    best film of the year and yet anouther film critic that hates it its a good job the fans do not care what thay think it is no 5 in the world charts and the will be a pirates 4 so jack can get his ship back