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Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

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Genres:
Adventure, Adventure Comedy, Costume Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Sea Adventure, Swashbuckler
Director:
Gore Verbinski Gore Verbinski
Starring:
Johnny Depp Johnny Depp
Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush
Orlando Bloom Orlando Bloom
Keira Knightley Keira Knightley
Jack Davenport Jack Davenport

6.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by bluemeanie
Added: May 25, 2007
As you have probably already deduced, 2007 is the year of the 'trilogy'. We've already seen what gluttony can do to a film, i.e. "Spider-Man 3"; and we've already seen what a lack of imagination can do to a film, i.e. "Shrek the Third". Still to come are "Ocean's Thirteen", "Rush Hour 3" and even "The Bourne Ultimatum". The biggest 'three' of the Summer, however, would have to be the eagerly anticipated "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End". The second "Pirates" film pretty much obliterated just about every record known to man, and the third installment is poised to do the same, vanquishing any and all records set three weeks ago by the web-slinger. This has easily been my most anticipated of the Summer films. The first film was a success when it shouldn't have been, helped revive a drowning Walt Disney Pictures, and thrust Johnny Depp from star to superstar. I fell in love with it because it felt like an 'event picture' - like "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" and what we thought "Spider-Man" was. The second film bested the first one and had me completely sold on the brilliance of director Gore Verbinski. It was exactly what it needed to be, and more, with an ending that made the wait for this third film almost unbearable. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End" delivers on that promise of excellence as, easily, the most exciting, enthralling and visually stunning motion picture 'event' of the year. It makes "Spider-Man" look pathetic, in comparison, and probably has the "Shrek" boys at Dreamworks shaking in their boots.

When we last left our beloved Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) he was...well...dead. He found himself sucked down to Davy Jones' locker. The third film opens with the usual players trying to find a way to rescue Jack. Why? Because they need all nine pirate lords together to summon the power of Calypso, the Goddess of the Sea. With her help only do they stand a chance at defeating the armies commanded by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander). This group is lead by the newly reincarnated Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), along with Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), as well as Jack's faithful crew. After managing to rescue Jack from his purgatory - and multiple selves - the mission then becomes to convince all nine pirate lords to summon Calypso and risk their own lives in the process. We also have a side plot involving Will Turner trying to save his father, Bootstrap Bill Turner (Stellan Skarsgard); a side plot revolving around Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and his love interest (Naomie Harris); and a side plot revolving around Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) and his allegiance to the alliance. By the end of the film, however, it has once again come down to a fight between The Black Pearl and The Flying Ducthman, while everyone else can do nothing but stand around and watch. The film ends with some satisfaction and some sadness, but as always, 'our' hero rides off into the sunset.

When it comes to 'big', no one knows 'big' quite like Gore Verbinski. He and producer Jerry Bruckheimer pulled out all the stops for the third film, and they put on quite a show. To say that this film features the greatest special effects sequences ever produced would be an understatement. This film features a final hour of the most amazingly beautiful special effects ever witnessed, and likely never to be duplicated. Who knows how many countless millions of dollars were spent on this final battle sequences alone. It boggles the mind. Alongside those special effects, however, he also manages to keep the story afloat and tie up all the loose ends from the second film. The opening sequence, alone, should let parents know that this film is not for small children, despite the fact that they can ride it at Disneyland. There is a lot of violence in the third film, just as there was in the first and second one, but amped up a little. This third installment is far darker than the previous two and it helps bring about far more treachery and sinister behaviors than ever before. If you don't pay close attention, you'll lose track of who's cheating who and who's getting what and who's getting killed and who's on what ship. If you pay close attention, none of that should be a problem.

As for our swashbuckling stars, Johnny Depp has some competition in this film, as sole star. Depp does an exceptional job, as always, with Captain Jack Sparrow, which will likely go down as one of the most memorable screen characters in film history. Depp never loses step with Captain Jack and he feels more like the Captain Jack from the first film than the second. But, his competition comes in the form of the resurrected Geoffrey Rush, who literally comes close to stealing each and every scene he is in. Rush is all fun and all pirate here and it is a welcomed return. Keira Knightley is given much more to do in this film and she handles it well, though I did dislike her big rally speech on the ship that seemed more like it should be coming out of Mel Gibson's mouth. Orlando Bloom is given far less to do here, until the end, but does it well enough. For me, Orlando Bloom has been more looks than talent. I had an interesting time watching how, one moment, his hands would look like they were covered in oil and soot; and how the next they would look as if he had just received a royal manicure. Bill Nighy chews up his scenery once again, but is not nearly as ominous and vicious as in the first film, a little of a letdown for me. As for the rest, Tom Hollander makes a fine villain, Stellan Skarsgard is always great and Jonathan Pryce leaves the film quickly. And - yes - Keith Richards is absolutely fabulous in his cameo as Jack's father, Teague.

At the end of the day, I enjoyed "At Worlds End" better than "Curse of the Black Pearl" but not quite as much as "Dead Man's Chest", even though I was glad to have Barbossa back and was even more excited with the final battle sequence. There was just more of an action/adventure sort of feeling to the second one, and I still think the sequence with the wheel is just incredible. Maybe if I see the third film again I will change my mind, but for now, the second one is tops. Regardless of which is better, "Pirates of the Caribbean" has officially cemented itself as one of the greatest motion picture trilogies of all-time, far better than "Lord of the Rings", I would say. It has also given us hope for the rest of the Summer, after the ogre and spider failed to deliver. This film also helps establish Gore Verbinski as one of the most powerful directors in Hollywood, a person who will probably be assaulted with offers for quite a while now. And with other films like "The Ring" and "The Weather Man" to his credit, he shouldn't have much trouble delivering. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World End" is one of the best films of the year, the best film to his this Summer, and likely one of the greatest ends to a trilogy that cinema will likely ever see. That said, I still didn't enjoy it as much as the second one. But I'll probably still give it a damned high score.

9.5/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 05/25/2007, 12:27 PM
I agree with every single word of this. This trilogy is amazing.
Luminaire #2: Luminaire - added 05/26/2007, 12:49 AM
Great movie and great ending, don't think its as good as Lord of the Rings trilogy though, but its still a damn good trilogy.
Ginose #3: Ginose - added 05/28/2007, 07:47 PM
Good movie. Better than the first two certasinly. But it felt very rushed. It gave up some excellent plot concepts for some pretty dumb jokes and it added one or two plot-points that were completely (no pun) pointless. Still, I was very satisfied with how it all ended. Great movie. 8.2/10
BuryMeAlive #4: BuryMeAlive - added 06/17/2007, 03:55 PM
Did I watch a different cut of the movie? Cause as much as I loved the first movie and enjoyed the 2:nd part, I found this one real dull, hard to follow and a lot of plotholes. This was a big let down: 5/10.
Nirrad #5: Nirrad - added 08/26/2008, 01:45 PM
Simply fantastic. Can't decided which one I like better, this one, or the second. This one was more epic than the others. 10/10 as expected.
Lucid Dreams #6: Lucid Dreams - added 07/17/2010, 03:18 PM
Not as good as the first two and I agree with Ginose that it felt rushed, but it was still a great movie. 8/10
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