Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Director: Gore Verbinski
Main actors: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, and Geoffrey Rush
Reviewed by dairydead
In the age when “Ghost Rider” can pass for a legitimate action movie, good action/adventure movies are few and far in between. I believe the Pirates series is one of those rarities. Now I know a lot of complaint went into the second installment of the Pirates series, and most of it justified in my eyes, but I will offer a disclaimer right now, that i very much enjoyed Dead Man’s Chest. So there.
Right from the beginning we are shown the vast effects of the “war against pirates” as hundreds of folks are being led to execution, and i wont spoil anything, but this movie pulls no punches, as it shocks by breaking a Hollywood “rule”.
The stage set is one of persecution of the pirates. The order is in full effect, and pirates are getting wiped out quickly, thanks to the new “secret weapon” the East Indian Trading Company has in Davy Jones and his Flying Dutchman.
The cast seen at the end of the second film quickly bands together to rescue the Pearl and Jack Sparrow from the Land of The Dead, so they can unite the Pirate Lords to summon Calypso. The cast has been fleshed out from the first two, and many supporting characters have more life and dimension to them. We see a lot of Jack the Monkey, Mr. Gibbs, and various other characters quite a bit, and taking control of the plot instead of being background characters.
Jack is back as his normal self, along with various facets of his personality manifesting themselves as separate beings in his mind, as he apparently has finally gone off the deep end spending time alone in the Land of the Dead. Jack, of course, is the main draw of the movies, and he does not dissapoint, with usual slapstick bits here and there,but never really branching out. That brings me to one of my complaints. Jack never really does much emotionally, whereas the second one brought some very human aspects to him, in this one Jack is more comic relief than anything.
The plot itself is extremely tangled and hard to follow, even more wandering than the second, but it fits the scope of the film. It might have been wise to have a tighter story, but the film is well done nonetheless, as it never really becomes overly huge.
The action scenes are incredible, as are the special effects, which are even better than the last. Some really cool, memorable scenes are present in the movie, showing off some of the most incredible special effects ever seen. This one sets the bar very, very high.
Overall, there is a lot of good, and a bit of bad about this movie. A lot of people will complain, no doubt. But if you want a fun ( and i mean really fun) action adventure movie with comedy mixed in, You should like this one. Basically, if you enjoyed the second one, this is more of it, with actual results. Take it as you may. But enjoy the movie, and dont take it too seriously.
Posted originally: 2007-05-25 00:48:28