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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (DVD, 2007)

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At World's End: Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (everyone returns for final chapter)

May 26, 2007
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Pros:Depp and Knightley are brilliant (again), the story is very original, lots of action

Cons:some lulls, length, couldn't live up to the original

The Bottom Line: I do recommend the film because it was great entertainment and kept my interest throughout. The characters are good enough to pay for on the screen.


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the third chapter in Director Gore Verbinski's huge tale of Pirates on the high seas. After the success of the first film in 2003, they went into production on two more, and the second one set all kinds of records when it debuted. Now the third one hits theaters to much fan-fare, and looks to continue the story of Jack Sparrow and his antics. At World's End picks up roughly where the second film ended, with the joining of Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), William Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush) in a quest to find the one man that can save the Pirates from extinction: Jack Sparrow. All of their enemies from the previous two films have joined together, and under the sail of the East India Trading Company look to eliminate all Pirate's and everyone associated with them.

In order to rescue Jack, the unlikely group must rally a few other Pirate lords, and in turn bring together the 9 Pirate Lords to stand against those who would seek to destroy them. It isn't going to be an easy task though, as Jack has become trapped in Davey Jones' locker and none of the Pirates really want to work together or stand up for a fight. The relationship between Elizabeth and William has become further strained as he fears she has fallen for Jack, and she bares the responsibility of sending Jack to a watery grave due to a sea monster intent on destroying them all in the second film. In order to escape the clutches of the ghost ship Flying Dutchman, to recapture Sparrow's original ship The Black Pearl, and to survive the onslaught of an armada of ships all will have to stand together to survive, or they will all come to perish.

There has been such a huge build-up to this film, that it would be hard for me to imagine Pirates 3 not bringing in more than $100 million on opening weekend. Though the second film had some plot problems it made a boatload of money, and this new film will do the same regardless of reviews. At World's End did have some problems within the story, such as having too many characters to keep track of, an even higher reliance on CGI enhanced action sequences and events, and an over-reliance on wowing the audience through visual representation rather than dialogue and character development. Above all that, I think that the underlying supernatural element of the film where many people who have died are able to live again may rub some film-goers the wrong way. In my opinion this has been one of the staples of the entire franchise, and even going back to the first film, it has been something that worked for the core fans of the series.

By far the best thing that this film has to over is a returning cast that consists of every important (and non-important character) from the first two films. Sparrow, Barbosa, Swan and Turner all return, and are joined by Chow Yun Phat as one of the Pirate lords. Depp is great as always in the role of Sparrow, and there are many moments that I found myself laughing out loud from his dialogue and character acting. Sure he isn't as original as in the very first film, but he is still one of the best characters on the big screen today. The film itself is very exciting, and still gives the audience that feeling of "what's coming next", but there are also a few detractors to the overall enjoyment. There are some lulls in the story, and the movie is almost three hours in length. It's a long one to be sure, but a lot happens before they get to those final scenes. I enjoyed this film as one of those popcorn-eating action films with some great moments of dialogue, and it is indeed better than Part 2. Standing alone from the others, it is very much worth seeing, and if you go in just looking to enjoy yourself, the film will satisfy.



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