Just when he s needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), that witty and wily charmer of a pirate, is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), El... more »izabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack s the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates way of life. From exotic Singapore, to World s End and beyond, from Shipwreck Island, to a titanic battle, this adventure s filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humor and seafaring myth and magic. Everything has led to this twisting, turning, wild swashbuckling ride in this final chapter of the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy.« less
"The very end of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" was more like the end of a play's first act, after which the audience had to endure a nine month intermission. The second act--"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"--begins practically where the last film left off, in which Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) made an unexpected return after Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was swallowed by the kraken. Not surprisingly, such a surprise ending got me all revved up for yet another round of swashbuckling fun, and I spent the year on pins and needles. If only this new film lived up to my expectations: while it is very entertaining, and while it is still worth recommending for sheer escapism, I'd be lying if I said that it matches the quality of the first two films.
Part of the problem is that everything about this film is simply too big. The number of new characters alone is quite distracting, especially since they all make important contributions to the story. The subplots are piled on top of each other, resulting in a film that's needlessly complicated and overly energized. I'd be hard pressed to give a decent synopsis, because in all honestly, I'm not sure I caught on to everything. From what I can gather, it seems that the instigator of this new story is Tia Dalma (Naomi Harris), the mysterious voodoo woman responsible for Barbossa's resurrection (which, in my opinion, was explained far too casually). Apparently, he's one of the nine pirate lords, and the time has come for them to join forces against the elusive (but undeniably evil) East India Trading Company, now under the control of the dastardly Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander).
But one of the lords--our beloved Captain Sparrow--remains lost, body and soul, in Davy Jones' Locker, meaning that Barbossa and regulars Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) have to sail to the ends of the earth to find him. I mean this literally; they eventually spill over a waterfall that would put Niagara Falls to shame. But it seems this is the only way to reach the Locker, which is like a pirate's version of purgatory. We actually get to see this otherworldly realm during one of the film's most baffling scenes; Sparrow is in a surrealistic desert landscape, commanding the Black Pearl crewed by hallucinogenic clones of himself. This scene was constructed with an unwelcome mixture of comedy and pure weirdness, and I simply didn't understand the purpose of it. Was there really no other way to represent purgatory?
By the time Barbossa and the others come to the rescue, Witty Jack has become Funny Jack, which completely works against his character as established in the first film. He was introduced as a flamboyant conniver, undeniably charming and full of biting wit. However, despite a well-developed sense of humor, he was never reduced to pure comedy relief. I can't say the same in terms of "At World's End"; Jack Sparrow has become the main source of the film's humor, ready with slews of one-liners, a seemingly incurable urge to argue, and snappy retorts. I distinctly remember an unnecessary moment with his Good/Bad conscience, classically represented by miniature clones atop his shoulders. Why I remember this, I don't know; it added absolutely nothing to the story, save for a couple of humorous lines.
And then there are the hordes of subplots, all of which prove that every character has at least three hidden agendas. For one thing, the relationship between Will and Elizabeth is suffering: Elizabeth is forced to come clean about her role in Jack's demise; Will is still obsessed with rescuing his father (Stellan Skarsgard) from an eternity of servitude on the Flying Dutchman. Jack and Will fight for the severed, still-beating heart of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) because, in one way or another, they'll both benefit from it being stabbed. Davy Jones, now under the control of Beckett, is both frightened and excited at the prospect of reuniting with Calypso, the sea goddess who broke his heart (literally) before taking on human form (whose form, I dare not say). Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat)--one of the nine pirate lords--takes special interest in both Jack and Elizabeth. Tia Dalma's significance increases dramatically, albeit not in a way that's easily understood; by the time her true nature is revealed, one can't help but wonder what the point was.
Ultimately, it becomes an exhausting process of trying to figure out who's doing what to whom and why. Jack alone changes allegiances more times than I can remember, and each time, he proposes yet another intricate plan that everyone knows is only for his benefit. But that's too limiting; overall, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is an overstuffed film, sure to disappoint--but not entirely let down--both new audiences and diehard fans of the first two films. Still, I'm giving it four stars because it delivers in some very key areas: the special effects are incredible; the basic story between Jack, Will, and Elizabeth is engaging; the action scenes are plentiful and frenetic; Hans Zimmer's score is robust and energetic. And yes, we even get what we've been promised from the very beginning: a special appearance by Keith Richards."
Michele Lyons | New York City | 10/31/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I awaited the opening of this movie with great anticipation, and was extremely dissapointed when I saw it. Whatever happened to Disney giving movies a happy ending? This was anything but. Way, way too much was going on in the story, and there were far too many extraineous characters that served no purpose. The four main characters, (Will, Elizabeth,Norton and Sparrow) were at each other's throats. If fact Jack Sparrow, my personal favorite character, did not seem to have a part written for him at all. The best scenes were given to the risen Barbossa or to Elizabeth. Jack seemed to spend the movie running frantically back and forth across the screen without anything to really do. The quirky behaviour which had been amusing and endearing in the first movie came across as bumbling and ineffectual in this one. I was sure that this movie would show us the instant that the Flying Dutchman's heart (his love and humanity) is taken back into his body; turning him from the monster he was into the man he had once been. I was waiting for the reunion of lovers; both the Sea Goddess and the Flying Dutchman, and Will and Elizabeth. Neither happened. And is anybody but me disturbed by the fact that it is Will's own father that cuts his heart out, and condems him to an eternal curse? At the end of this movie, everybody we care about is dead, cursed or abandoned and alone. This was a fantasy pirate movie, how about some fantasy story telling? This story was just depressing."
The Limerick at World's End
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 06/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There once was a pirate named Jack Who was constantly under attack The last movie's shocker Sent him to the Locker The trick now is getting him back
Though hardly a tried and true friend Barbossa leads them to World's End It wasn't a squall But a huge waterfall That sent the group clean round the bend
Jack's having some deep consultations With all of his hallucinations The stones that he grabs Turn out to be crabs That live there in vast populations
The Pearl now has too many bosses As over the waves the ship tosses At the time of the flash They upturn with a splash Leaving Davy Jones counting his losses
The viewer will not be dismayed To learn that they've all been betrayed Cross AND double cross Is how it comes across As each player has their own crusade
Lord Beckett commands Davy Jones Who is bound by the heart that he owns They get into port For the Brethren Court Driving fear into the pirates' bones
In an effort to keep things afloat The pirate lords call for a vote Jack fiddles the thing And soon there's a king Though the king feels more like a scapegoat
Calypso has longed to be free Once trapped by the pirates' decree She summons a storm The ocean to transform While howling just like a banshee
There's lots more to this soggy tale With its battle scenes of massive scale Tales of father and son And of loves lost and won But I won't bore you now with detail
New characters give it a boost Though Keith Richards' role seems quite reduced Added to that There's now Chow Yun-Fat But it's dreadfully over-produced
For almost three hours or more This movie you'll have to endure Though perfect in places It's full of dull spaces Though I wouldn't say that it's a bore
Rated: 3.5 stars
Amanda Richards, June 3, 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)"
What a mess.
Christopher Erickson | 01/02/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Who needs a plot when you have nearly three hours of mindless, uneven, disjointed special effects?
The first movie was great. The second was a teaser and the third is a reject from a Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Too many characters that don't contribute to the plot. In fact they detract from it. Calypso is an example of a disposable character that simply wastes screen time. And Barbosa doesn't seem to be all that important to getting Jack back after all. And all of the Jack antics that make the first film so great are almost completely missing from the third installment. And the bad guys were downright hard to figure out and identify as the central protagonists.
Maybe if they recut the movie down to 70 minutes they could salvage the best parts and end up with a fun story that isn't boring to watch.
I want my money back. "
This Movie Should Walk The Plank
Shinseng | USA | 05/19/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. What's the deal with Hollywood and FX bloated trilogies such as this series and The Matrix? First movie: clever, fun and enjoyable. Second movie: fun and enjoyable, new villans, but lingering doubts of what's to come. Third movie: the wheels fall off and we're left with a pile of garbage.
The problem with this attempt? Read the other reviews and see for yourself. Here's the nuts and bolts:
1) Frankly, FX driven action/adventure films shouldn't have a convoluted plot line that makes you scratch your head in confusion between the CGI eye-candy and explosions. Save that sort of thing for noir dramas, psychological thrillers, and foreign films.
2) When, in hindsight, you've got nearly seven hours of screen time invested in a franchise, is it too much to ask for some character development? Instead, too much time is wasted on secondary (and tertiary) characters who could have easily been eliminated to begin with and saved an hour or so of film. And while I enjoy Keira Knightly, her rousing speech to the pirates in this film was just totally unbelievable. She just doesn't have the gravitas to pull it off, it was almost as if she should have been holding some pom-poms while delivering it.
3) Set-ups that go nowhere, reversals that make no sense, and several characters dying in ways that give the audience no satisfaction.
In retrospect, perhaps I've been too harsh. After all, who can blame a movie that will steal your time, money and respect when it's a movie about pirates. Thieves of the sea! Perfect. But I'm still sending it to the briny deep..."