Monday, June 04, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Movie Review

So the second movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) left off with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) locked up in Davy Jones' (Bill Nighy) locker and William Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Sparrow’s crew planning to head to World's end to bring Sparrow back from the dead. The third (and hopefully final) movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End starts with the Dutch East India Company in control of the Flying Dutchman because they now possess its Captain's (Davy Jones) heart and are using the ship and its crew to get rid of the Pirate menace. The protagonists of the movie each have different aims: Sparrow wants to kill Jones' heart so that he can become the Flying Dutchman's Captain and live forever, Turner wants the Black Pearl so that he can free his grotesque and really disgusting looking father, Captain Barbossa wants to free Calypso (the weird woman from the second movie who lived in that swamp) and Swann wants to bring back Sparrow from the dead because she feels guilty that she happened to be the reason for his death. Turner and Swann are also in a bad state in their relationship with Turner thinking that Swann is in love with Sparrow.

Quite a lot to keep up with and I think that's where the movie fails. There's just too much packed into the storyline and the movie seems to go on and on. There is much less action in this movie compared to the previous two and the real fight only comes towards the end with Hans Zimmer's stunning background score providing a zest that is incomparable.

Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow is brilliant once again and reminds us why this franchise became such a hit. He has created a character so amazing that even when Sparrow does something conniving and selfish, you just can't hate him. Bloom as William Turner was a disappointment. His character has become boring and it’s just tedious to keep up with his storyline. He didn't infuse energy into his character at all. Knightley was good as Swann and she got a decent amount of screentime. It was nice to see a special appearance by Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist whom Depp based his character on.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End isn't as pacy as the first movie and it confuses the viewer with its many complex storylines. However, it still has some of the unmistakable charm and thrills that the previous two movies possessed. There is the weird humour, the ugly pirates (a lot of them looked so unbelievably disgusting) and the awesome ships that the viewers of this series have become acquainted to. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is not on my list of favourite movies but I think it is worth a watch, just to see Johnny Depp fascinate and frustrate the audience one last time as Captain Jack Sparrow.

My verdict: 5.5/ 10


Uren said...

I'd give it 2/10...

Gaya said...

I liked it, t'was a super fun watch :)

Anonymous said...

I'd give it fail. Total waste of time.