Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End(2007)
After Dead Man's Chest, we find our heroes Will (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free that kooky Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker.
The squid-faced Jones has formed a dark alliance with Lord Beckett (Hollander) and the East India Trading Company. Their aim: to rule the seas and wipe out the last of the Pirates. But Pirates from the four corners of the globe, including the cunning Singaporean Pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), make a final stand. The titanic battle is a fight for their lives, fortunes and freedom-loving-Pirate ways.
Made back to back with the disappointing sequel ‘Dead Man’s Chest’, director Verbinski looks to up the spectacle again with this trilogy maker and also features the much touted cameo of Rolling Stone Keith Richards.
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So I felt equipped enough to handle the third installment. Plus I had a clued- up companion, and had an excessively large cinema full of very excited people to share the experience with. And I’ve been on the ride- these films make much more sense if you remember that they spring from an amusement park.
This is one of those franchises that attract lynch mobs of fans, so no spoilers here. At the close of the second film, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was in Han Solo-style trouble, languishing in a particular brand of hell known as Davy Jones Locker. And his motley band of pirates wanted him back- all for their own devious ends- which is where we find them. Except that the evil British East India Trading Company has declared a state of emergency making piracy punishable by death. And then it’s on!
However, there is always a limit as to how much disbelief you want to suspend, making this storyline patchy at best. The action is often allowed to completely overwhelm the story. In fact, the action is often used to mask the gaping holes in the tale. It’s a bad move, it patronizes the audience. It’s the cinematic equivalent of entreating someone to look the wrong way while you steal their fries.
On the plus side, the pace of the film is absolutely cracking. The crew must get a boat and head to Davy Jones Locker, and they do! Jack Sparrow needs rescuing, and it happens! It’s incredibly well punctuated. This is a relief, because at close to three hours the length is intimidating.
And the cast! Wow. It’s been a real star maker. They’ve really created a family film here- there’s someone for everyone to enjoy. And yes, Keira Knightly is very good, and it’s nice to have a tough female lead. Orlando Bloom by comparison, still looks elfin, and earnest and not particularly appealing. Which is good, because he has to yield to Johnny. And he’s not particularly flamboyant this time around, probably because he appears to be insane. And he’s accompanied by none other than Keith Richards, in what must be the most touted cameo EVER. Shame it’s only two minutes long.
Despite the holes, this is a rollicking good time. There’s action, drama, mystery and love. But sadly, they couldn’t resist leaving the way open for a fourth installment. Dead men may tell no tales, but dead horses aren’t as forgiving.
[Reviewed by Beatrix Coles]
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I struggle to understand the appeal of PoC3... I can see the joy in Pirates 1. Pirates 3 are muddled, ridiculous messes of films - they make little sense, or at least don't manage to interest the viewer enough to take notice of the plot.
This is ultimately dull, boring eye candy. Johnny Depp, I say, is on the decline.
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