PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT ITS END?!
Pirates Laws says it so, “It consists of extravagant stunts and special effects along with action proving the makers still haven’t cut the scars deep enough for the salt water to hurt too much.”
At World’s End carries on the style of the previous two. But it’s the enormous talent behind the screen that brings the Pirates to life, from undervalued director Gore Verbinski, producing juggernaut Jerry Bruckheimer and of course the crew and captains: Geoffrey Rush as Hector Barbossa, playfully evil Bill Nighy as the voice of Davy Jones and of course the one that always reminds us we’ll remember it as the day we almost caught Captain… (A cannon explodes dropping me in mud) …Jack Sparrow…
After the overly cheesy Will, facially exaggerative Elizabeth and always cool Barbossa rescue hallucinating Captain Jack from Davy Jones’ Locker, they team up to do battle with the evil Lord Cutler Beckett and the East India Company, which has gained control of the heart following Captain Davy Jones and his Flying Dutchman and is systematically wiping the map of the pirate population and their associates. The multiethnic Nine Lords of the Brethren Court must convene at Shipwreck Cove to debate how best to fend off Beckett and Davy Jones. At the same time, Ms. Swan is promoted to Captain, or demoted from God depending on how you look at it when you see it and Beckett ponders with the self-interests of Will Turner the significance of the Nine Pieces of Eight. Chow Yun-Fat contributes another heavily, exotic accented pirate playing the bird hating, Sparrow hunting Singaporean Captain Sao Feng.
And let’s not forget the sea goddess Calypso who was imprisoned by the very council that now may need her. If they set her free, will she kill them all, or help them defeat the mighty forces of Lord Beckett? But wait! There’s more! The Flying Dutchman can not sail without a captain. Dum, dum, dum…
The number one complaint of Dead Man’s Chest was its overly complex storyline and that doesn’t change at world’s end. It has a story coming in from all angles, overlapping and passing each other, but really that only gives it an extra set of breaths to fill when you watch it again on DVD, looking for new things you missed. Even so, if you pay enough attention, you’ll understand the story (or stories) and if you don’t, you’ll know enough to enjoy the boat ride. The CGI is fresh and new and doesn’t recycle old fights or scenarios. The cast gives delightful performances with comedy all around even with Barbossa’s monkey Jack stealing a few scenes. The swordplay is breathtaking and the elaborate cloaks and boots seem too real not to have existed leagues ago in time. With every portion of the credits of the film filled such richness, vigor, vim, more simply frankly, Depp, the film has earned its spot as iconic from all corners of the world.
Clocking in at around 170 minutes, some may find it a little yawning for comfort but it is an epic. The previous two were timed around the same lengthy number so why disappoint for the final section of this chapter. If they cut it we’d be complaining about some subplots being favored over other ones. Lord of the Rings was longer and had far more that could have been left on the cutting room floor of Mordor. Yeah I said it!
Will the Pirates finally hang their hats at world’s end?
Well so far the franchise has grossed over $1.6 Billion and with the third installment, it’ll top around $2.5-2.6 Billion. Would you stop with that kind of treasure? The satisfying thing about the third installment is that it ends right where it all began in the Curse of the Black Pearl: searching for a new fountain of life where X marks the spot.