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We all know that Captain Jack Sparrow is possibly the worst pirate that ever sailed the seas and his two partners in crime, Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), aren't much better. His sinking ship is always over stuffed with battles, slapstick nonsense and utter chaos, so why do movie goers love this character and his band of scallywags? I ask why because I don't know the answer and, being a life long Depp fan, I have always been bemused at just how popular these films are. The first part of the trilogy was acceptable, the second lukewarm and the third which I am about to review - well, here goes.......
Plot - is there one? I am racking my brains trying to work it out amongst the chaotic noise, shooting, explosions, ridiculous swordplay, gruesome characters, etc., etc.
It seems that Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) is trying to rid the great seas from all pirates. He's a malicious sort of chap and by his evil means has managed to retrieve the heart of Davy Jones which is still beating. He's also taken on board the menacing, barnacled crew of Jones's beloved ship, The Flying Dutchman.
In the meantime, our friendly and not so friendly heroes; Will, Elizabeth, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the dark and deep Tia Dalma, (Naomie Harriss) are out looking for the crazy rascal, Jack Sparrow who is wandering around in a deathly underworld. But before they can release Jack they have to outsmart Captain Sao Feng. Who the hell is he you might ask - a Chinese pirate of course! Another question - why do they need Jack Sparrow so desperately - because without him the film would be a total flop! He is also needed to join the other 8 members of the Lords of the Brethren Court. Yes, stay with me on this one - it is still a Pirates film and I haven't started reviewing Lord of the Rings. The nine famous world pirates can draw on their experiences and use their resources to outwit Beckett ad his annoying band of cronies from the East India Trading Company. So do they find Sparrow and blast Beckett out of the seas.............?
That's the best I can do on the plot because in all my years of watching movies I have never viewed such nonsense. For example, The Lords of the Brethren Court - I find the whole idea ridiculous. Surely Gore Verbinski (director) lost the plot with this scene when introducing nine such characters who are so culturally diverse or perhaps he wanted to be trendy and show that the film was politically correct. Whatever his reasons the whole scene left me cold.
This film runs for 168 minutes and it's a very long 168 minutes. The beginning is painfully slow and I found myself getting irritable with all the noise from the soundtrack. I just wanted to see Depp and as always he takes ages to appear. It's a long time to watch an unsteady ship full of buffoons, clambering and falling around like a class full of young delinquents. I didn't like any of the characters apart from Jack Sparrow, they were all false and cheated on each other and to understand their crazy motives you will need a degree in psychology which I don't possess. Usually, in a good pirate film you back one side but I didn't really care who won the battles. The characterisation was so bad - I didn't get to know any of them and I didn't want to.
The plot is waterlogged and even Jack Sparrow can't save the day. He's been given some funny lines and delivers them in his usual cheeky way. He looks cute with his dreadlocks, ribbons, dark eyes and full pirate, designer gear but most of the time spends most of his on-screen time bumbling around and cracking jokes. He doesn't come into the story telling like in the other two movies because basically, there isn't much of a story to tell.
The best scene in the film is where Johnny is delirious. It has a sort of Gulliver's Travels aura about the scene with excessive white lighting, showing Sparrow demented; talking to miniature Jack Sparrows as they climb down his dreadlocks. Great photography but the scene doesn't fit the movie - it would be better in something like The Matrix.
Where I think the director really messed up was when we suddenly realise the truth about the shattered heart of Davy Jones and his broken love. This sad melody cannot be heard properly for all the racket going on aboard the ship in the form of cannons exploding and the usual on board wars. It's just one hell of a row and I could see my poor husband wincing all the way through this scene - well, all the way through the film, if I'm honest. Davy Jones was such a terrific apparition in the second part of the trilogy but here he is just another active part of the sea shambles.
Even the sad story of Will Turner seeking to release his father from the slave underworld loses its moment due to the tidal wave of special effects from the over enthusiastic camera crew. The monumental love scene was ludicrous and had no poignancy whatsoever. However, it was nice to see the mysterious Calypso return to the stormy waters and there are one or two spectacular images that stand out and are as good as the images in the previous films. I loved the way the Black Pearl sailed through a sea of pure white sand, an aerial shot of a boat gliding through fields of stars and and a dwelling place haunted by baffling winds and dejected ghosts. The soundtrack by Hans Zimmer was one hell of a din and so loud and disjointed it left me feeling seasick.
Oh, I haven't mentioned Keef - what is he doing on this set?. As much as I like Keith Richards and I know Depp adores him, and in a way it is a tribute to the great man of rock n roll, I just thought his apparition was far too corny. Great face, good gravel voice but not really necessary.
To sum up - I really tried to like the film but failed. Depp was cool but he always is and nobody else could ever take his place. Although Orlando Bloom is dashing in a young Eroll Flynn sort of way - he can't act for toffee and I remember on one of my previous Pirates reviews, a fellow Dooyooer commented that Keira Knightley was as flat as an ironing board. I couldn't have phrased it better myself.
Everything else was just an an overload, a bombardment of dark, daft tales, chaotic actions, drunkenness, raw beating hearts and sucked out brains. Not to forget gouged out eyes and other broken, snapped off body parts. I knew from the start when I saw the child being hanged that I wasn't going to enjoy the film. This is a family film but some of the scenes are too scary for sensitive children whether they are watching the film with parents or not.
There are bonus features with this DVD but after 168 minutes of sitting through these Caribbean escapades I didn't have the strength or the will to view any of them. If you really wish to know more about the features then here is a link:http://www.ultimatedisney.com/pirates-atworldsend.html
My DVD was a gift and it has been sat on the shelf since the end of 2007. I believe you can purchase it from Amazon for as little as £5.19.
I am awarding the film 2 ** which doesn't please me as this is a Depp film but it really doesn't deserve any more accolades than this. Watch it at your own peril.
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A few weeks passed since I have reviewed the first two films of the Pirates of the Caribbean series so it is high time to finish with the third one because the fourth one will be released soon. Okay, not soon enough. I would like to call your attention on Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) in this film. Despite the small role in this film he is quite a good pirate. Probably in the next sequel we can see even Mick Jagger...
Pirates of the Caribbean are adventure fantasy film series where the films make a sense together so it is worth watching all of them to understand the story. I can't wait to see the fourth one. I think this film series were made brilliantly and the actors' performance is outstanding. The film was directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring), the screenplay was written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. The classification of the film is 12 years and over. The running time is 168 minutes. For watching the trailer please visit: http://www2.disney.co.uk/DisneyMovies/pirates3/
Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Keira Knightley - Elizabeth Swann (Governor Swann's daughter)
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner (blacksmith)
Stellan Skarsgard - "Bootstrap" Bill Turner (Will Turner's father)
Bill Nighy - Davy Jones (Captain of the Flying Dutchman)
Naomie Harris - Tia Dalma (obeah priestess)
Johnathan Pryce - Governor Weatherby Swann
Geoffrey Rush - Captain Barbossa (Captain of the Black Pearl)
Jack Davenport - Commodore Norrington (Royal Navy Officer)
Tom Hollander - Lord Cutler Beckett (Chairman of the East India Trading Company)
Keith Richards - Captain Teague (keeper of the Pirata Codex)
Lord Beckett, the chairman of the East India Trading Company wants to control the oceans and executes loads of people whom he accuses with piracy. Among the people who "wait" to be hanged there is a little cabin boy too. He starts to sing and the crowd continues to sing Hoist the Colours.
(All the films have a special song but Hoist the Colours features far more heavily than A Pirate's Life for Me or Dead Man's Chest songs. Hoist the Colours was composed by Hans Zimmer and Gore Verbinski, the lyrics was written by the screenplay writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. In this film Hoist the Colours is a well known song among the pirates moreover the song has a speciality: it resonates through pieces of eight.)
After the execution of the cabin boy and some other people a piece of eight falls down from the hands of the boy. Later we can see Elizabeth in a boat as she is singing this song. She seems to be alone but actually she is accompanied by Captain Barbossa and his men. They are in Singapore and visit Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), the pirate lord of the South China Sea. Captain Barbossa gives Sao Feng a piece of eight which resonates so the song was sung and the nine pirate lords comprising the Brethren Court should convene. Captain Barbossa tries to convince Sao Feng to help him bring back Jack Sparrow, who is a pirate lord too and also the possessor of one out of nine pieces of eight (clear, no?)
While Barbossa and Sao Feng talk the tattoo of a man in the bath starts to melt. Sao Feng thinks that the traitor belongs to Barbossa but in reality it is Lord Beckett's spy. The soldiers of Lord Beckett enter the bath of Sao Feng and everybody is fighting with the others. It is quite a chaotic scene but it is perfect for steeling the map. Will convinces Sao Feng to help him, Elizabeth, Captain Barbossa and his man so they get a ship and sail to rescue Jack Sparrow. They arrive to the icebergs and they are almost frozen but still no sign of the end of the world...
I think the story of this film is slightly too complicated. After watching the film for the first time I had some unanswered questions which became clear after I watched the film again. The film is action loaded and the story develops quite quickly. There are references to the previous films so to understand everything clearly all the three parts should be watched.
The story of this film wasn't as believable as the previous ones. I wouldn't like to spoil the end of the film but when the sea turns into sky... well it is not very usual, not to mention the character of Davy Jones and Calypso. Despite not being completely believable it was a great story and there were very moving scenes into it. I loved the action plots and the fast development of the story line. There were twists and funny plots in it as well. So I really loved it and I think it was a good screenplay and a good film too.
I was impressed by the performance of the actors. I really loved Johnny Depp in this film too. My favourite scene was when he had loads of Jack Sparrows on the ship. He was such a perfect match for this role that I wouldn't watch a remake of this film with somebody else in the role of Jack Sparrow. He was really fantastic and believable as a pirate.
I loved the performance of Keira Knightley as well. She was strong and brave and she acted so believably that I cannot imagine better. She was fantastic. I laughed when she had to take off her guns in Singapore. She had such an innocent face like saying upps, one more gun, oh, I almost forgot about this pistol, etc. As they looked at each other with Barbossa... I loved that plot.
Orlando Bloom was fantastic too. Actually all of them were fantastic so it is difficult to mention only one or two of them. There were too many characters in the film and most of them had some plots where they were outstanding. I loved Orlando's performance in the end of the film but I won't tell more precisely because that would ruin all. His performance was very believable all over the film and the chemistry between him and Keira Knightley worked very well. They could fight together and they loved each other very much and this came through clearly.
I liked also the scene where the nine pirate lords convene. It reminded me to the summit of the system lords from Stargate.
The soundtrack of the film was well composed and except the Hoist of Colours it is almost unnoticeable. The sounds make the film more realistic and make you feel the atmosphere of the scene. It was really outstanding and well composed. The song Hoist of Colours was a brilliant idea.
The pictures in the film are phenomenal and really beautiful. As there are various places the film takes place there are loads of places presented and all of them are very detailed and well presented. The special effects used in the film are fantastic too. I loved when Jack Sparrow had himself as crew on a ship and I loved the plot with the crabs too. The film was nominated for the Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup on the 80th Academy Awards but finally The Golden Compass and La Vie en Rose won the awards.
I read a few reviews and comments on this film right after I watched it for the first time and I tended to agree with them that this film was much weaker that the previous two. Then I watched it again and I understood loads of small details that weren't clear before and now I say that this was a brilliant film too. There were some supernatural plots in it but actually this is a fantasy film, why not. Watch it again and you'll see the little details you haven't realise before.
You can buy the film on DVD for 5.3 pounds on Amazon or on Blu-ray for 9.99 pounds which is a very good value I think. We have it on a 2-disc special edition as my husband loves the extras. I have to admit that I never watch them because it would ruin my experience so that is why I always write film only reviews.
Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy the film.
At Worlds End is the third part of The Pirates Of The Carribbean series and brings the current story-line/ plot arc to a less than satisfying close. When last we saw him, Jack Sparrow had been claimed by The Kraken and taken down to Davy Jones' Locker as payment for an unfulfilled agreement. Barbarossa had returned to help Elizabeth and beau, Will Turner, try and recue Jack and The East India Trading Company were making their own plans to rid the seas of the remaining pirate maruaders once and for all.
Worlds End begins shortly after these events and continues the ongoing story-line with much pomp and flair that also includes a cameo by Keith Richards, on whom Depp partly based the depiction of his character Sparrow, as the father of his infamous pirate. The whole thing becomes ever more increasingly complicated as treachery and back-stabbing occurs and everyone tries to outdo each other in a bid to acheive a goal which becomes ever less apparent. Elizabeth and Will seem to grow more and more apart as they hide their own secret agendas and everything, for me at least, seemed to descend into an awful mess in which I didn't really have much of a clue what was going on. It's not a short film either and it's not just me! I turnedto my wife half-way through and asked her if she knew what was supposed to be happening and she summed it up perfectly with the words "no, but visually it looks really good!"
That about sums up the whole series, or at the very least the last two installments. The first Pirates was a surprise runaway success but the sequels seem to have gone the way of The Matrix! By that I mean if you took the best bits of part two and mixed them with the best bits of part three, you would end up with a very nifty follow-up movie! By stretching the idea over three films, it almost seems as though the creators are trying to make a good thing last as long as they can wring money out of it and disappointment cannot help but ensue!
The best thing here is Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and even here he is not that brilliant! Kiera Knightley looks tasty but plays her role with little substance or enthusiasm and Orlando Bloom seems to have turned Will Turner into a simpering buffoon, obsessed with saving his father which is very noble and all but not really too bothered who he hurts in doing so. Even the climax of the Elizabeth-Will romance left me groaning whilst the true end to the film itself leaves plenty of room for a fourth film to be made. Which reportedly they are filming even now!
Honestly if you liked the first film and thought the second was okay but not astounding, then really really please avoid this and keep your pleasent memories of the series intact! This is nothing but a complicated, convoluted mess and a sorry end to a mediocre affair that started off soooooo well.
*Film only review*
Once upon a time there was a film called Pirates of the Caribbean, an appealing and fun adventure romp with a trippy turn from Johnny Depp as a mad pirate captain, undead skeleton pirates, parrots, monkeys and anaemic but inoffensive performances from Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom as the romantic leads. To the Disney executive's delight, these unlikely ingredients went down an absolute storm with the viewing public, and so in true cash-cow tradition they decided to make a couple more. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the third in the trilogy, and despite being overlong, overblown and not a patch on the original, it is still a decent fun film for a family evening.
For a family film POTC 3 suffers from the curse of the ridiculously complex storyline, which I would need a whiteboard, marker pens and about two hours to properly explain. Basically, at the end of the first film we were left in the following position: nasty posh Englishman Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) is attempting to wipe all pirates off the face of the seas. In order to do this he has part allied himself with and part blackmailed Davy Jones, guardian of those souls lost at sea and played by Bill Nighy who wears a curious Scottish accent and an awful lot of CGI (he is part human and part squid). In order to ensure Jones' allegiance, Beckett has stolen his heart, which Jones cut out many years before after being abandoned by his lover.
So stand the baddies, and arranged against them are the characters of previous films. Firstly there is Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), whose father Bootstrap Bill Turner is part of Davy Jones' crew and so who has an ulterior motive for wanting to bring down the tentacle faced Captain. Then there is Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), who seems to have now fully joined the pirates and whose father is also being threatened by the Beckett-Jones consortium. Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) also reappears, now on the side of comparative good as all pirates are threatened. Captain Jack Sparrow, for many the main reason for watching this film, begins the story trapped in Davy Jones locker and has to be rescued.
There are also many minor characters, such as the pair of bungling pirates Pintel and Ragetti, the first mate Mr Gibbs and the Caribbean soothsayer Tia Dalma. The monkey (Jack) and the parrot also deserve a special mention (would it be cruel to say they sometimes outacted the romantic leads?). The first step of the film is to rescue Jack from Davy Jones locker, and there is then a complex series of double crossings as different characters try to achieve the aims of rescuing parents, defeating Beckett and Jones or obtaining eternal life. I'll leave the plot description at that - congratulations if you've made it this far!
A film this successful obviously has to have its good points, and I will willingly concede that it was an awful lot of fun to watch. There are some lovely lines in there, some fantastic silly moments, and as always Johnny Depp is very good value for money. His Jack Sparrow (sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow) is an eye rolling, hand waving, rope swinging tour de force, despite being more a crazy caricature than a proper actor. Depp fans ill be glad to hear there is often more than one of him on screen at a time - watch and find out! The appearance of Keith Richards as Captain Teague, Sparrow's father, is also an amusing moment, and comedy characters such as Pintel and Ragetti are good for a giggle.
A second plus point, and this applies to all the Pirate's films, is the soundtrack. Many modern films favour a soundtrack composed of popular songs, but composer Hans Zimmer (also of Gladiator, The Dark Knight etc) has instead opted for a grand, sweeping score performed by a full orchestra, with a mixture of big tunes and sea shanty type melodies played by cellos or violins. Pirate films take place on the sea, which is such a huge canvas: Zimmer's score is what brings many of the scenes to life.
A final good point is the special effects - which seem to have had a lot more time spent on their conception than was 'wasted' on the plot. The CGI of Davy Jones' crew, intended to make them look like a cross between ships, fish and people, is extremely impressive and almost believable, and the fight at the end benefits from the inclusion of a giant and terrifying looking whirl pool. Although you can tell a lot of this is obvious special effects, it is still done with thrilling panache.
But despite being a good piece of fun with wonderful music, POTC 3 suffers from a lot of problems. Firstly, there is that plot - oh dear lord, that plot. How they managed to turn a film based on a theme park ride into such chaos is beyond me. Everyone double crosses everybody else at least once, people swap sides purely for kicks, there are sub plots and pointless sequences coming out of the poor film's ears, and all of this contributes to a crazy run time of 169 minutes. Given that the original film has the perfectly serviceable plot of 'damsel kidnapped by evil pirates, pursued and rescued', I'm not sure how we ended up here!
Then there is the acting, which ranges from the great to the (frankly) amusing. I should state here that I have nothing against Keira Knightley - she is a target of unnecessary dislike from a lot of people, and that's unfair - but the idea of her as a pirate captain is a little beyond me. The problem is similar with Orlando Bloom. He is a nice looking individual, and made a very good elf, but the fact is that when he shouts to fire the cannons, no real person would hear his poor squeaky voice! Beyond these two, Geoffrey Rush and his ridiculous accent do a great job as Captain Barbossa, and Bill Nighy deals with the CGI quite well, but there is very little memorable acting beyond these two.
Overall, I would suggest that if this is on telly (or on BBC iplayer, as it was at the time of writing), it is worth a watch if you have a spare three hours or so. It is impressive at the time, good fun, a few pieces of nice eye candy for both genders and some very good laughs. But it is also eminently forgettable - there is no message that will stick with you once you have finished. So I'm going to go with a generous four Dooyoo stars, suggest you don't deliberately buy this, and hope against hope that the planned fourth film will go back to the swashbuckling, world conquering ways of the first. Otherwise this cow will not be getting any more cash from me.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy New Year.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (200&)
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Run Time: 169 minutes
Lead Actors: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hollander, Geoffrey Rush
(Written exclusively for Dooyoo).
***FILM ONLY REVIEW***
My introduction to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies came around 4 years ago, when I bought the first film, Curse of the Black Pearl, for a fairly low price. I thought it sounded ok, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. From the opening scenes, I was hooked, and I will still happily say there is no film that I have seen during the last decade which has caused me to grin all the way through quite like I did that first viewing of Curse of the Black Pearl.
So as the following two instalments were released, I was eager to see them. The second film, Dead Man's Chest, was slated by critics, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, although it didn't match the first. And now I'm going to give you my full opinion on the third film, At World's End...
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was released in mid-2007. At the time it was meant to be the final part of a trilogy, but it has since been revealed that a fourth film, On Stranger Tides, will be released in 2011. At World's End continues the story of the first two films. Apologies for anyone who hasn't seen them, but I may reveal some plot details from them.
Captain Jack Sparrow is stuck in Davy Jones Locker along with the Black Pearl, and appears to have become even madder than he was. Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner have joined forces with Captain Barbossa to travel to Singapore to visit Captain Sao Feng, and take the first steps to uniting the pirate brethren to stop the East India Company's rule of the seas - their seas. As for Davy Jones, he's not a happy bunny at all - Lord Beckett has his heart and therefore controls him and his ship, the Flying Dutchman.
For me, the things that made me love the first Pirates film so much were Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, and the all-permeating sense of FUN that the film had. Everything was swashbuckling adventure, slapstick or just plain ridiculous. Add that overall feeling to Depp's frankly brilliant portrayal of the "is-he-mad-or-is-he-drunk" Sparrow, and you had a winning formula.
At World's End is a little more serious than Curse of the Black Pearl was, and it opens with a very moving scene, where hundreds of people believed to be or have associated with gallows are being hanged. They begin singing a pirate song called Hoist The Colours, started by a small boy, and at first it is very sad but soon it becomes quite stirring. This is a rather serious opening to what should be a fun film, but the fun soon comes when we move to Singapore, where Elizabeth, Will and Barbossa are accompanied by their idiot crew, who provide a lot of humour.
Our first sighting of Captain Jack in this film is of his nose. In close up. Sniffing. He is in Davy Jones Locker, and is feasting on a peanut. It soon becomes apparent that he is madder than we previously though (possibly down to his sojourn in the Locker), as not only is he speaking to himself but seeing himself - numerous times. One Captain Jack is funny and mad enough - imagine ten! For his first few scenes, Depp is alone and as we see so many Captain Jacks, he must have acted this scene many many times from different Jacks as it were. Yet he carries it off brilliantly - he doesn't need anyone else onscreen to deliver a top notch performance.
Once Captain Jack reunites with his friends and crew, the fun really starts. It wasn't quite so grin-all-the-way-through as Curse of the Black Pearl was, but it is still a good fun film. The characters are slightly ridiculous, the story is fantastical, but it is all fun.
Much was made when the Pirates series started of Depp basing his performance of Captain Jack on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Once he said this, everyone immediately though "ah yes that's why he seems familiar". In At World's End, this was taken a step further with Richards making a cameo appearance as Captain Sparrow Snr. Quite frankly, the role was surplus to the story - there was absolutely no need for it. Someone, somewhere (possibly Depp) just wanted to get Richards into the film. And he performed it fine. But having heard about the cameo beforehand, when Richards appeared I sat up in my chair, thinking this was going to be great. But aside from a family joke at the end of his appearance (Captain Jack asks after his mother and gets a bit of a fright), it really was very anticlimactic. Richard's character comes in at a pivotal point in the story, and does in fact give some important information (although it could have come from anyone onscreen), but there is absolutely no explanation given in terms of the story for his presence there. We don't even know for sure that he is Captain Jack's father until Jack asks "How's mum?" Without meaning to detract from Richards himself, I think this was a case of a director trying to be too clever for his own good.
In terms of special effects, At World's End in my opinion surpasses both the first two Pirates films. It does have a lot more to work with, given that the main battle is fought in a maelstrom, but I thought it all looked fantastic. The weather and sea conditions all looked absolutely real, as did the characters which involved some effects, Davy Jones being one.
Right from the start I've loved the original music of Pirates of the Caribbean, and At World's End does not disappoint. The same favourite and recognisable refrains are present but with new twists and melodies added in. More memorable in At World's End is the repetition of Hoist The Colours, an original song composed for the film which tell the story of the first court of the Pirate Brethren. Depending on how it is used, the melody can sound sad, stirring or menacing.
I was very glad when I heard there would be a fourth Pirates film, because I found the ending of At World's End odd. Given that these are Disney family films, the ending is actually very brave - because it isn't a happy ending. It's not exactly sad either though, it's an ending that stays with you and makes you keep thinking about whether it was good or bad. But when I watched this film, I thought that was it for the Pirates series, so I was a little thrown by how it ended. I do however like things to be tied up more neatly than they are at the end of At World's End - although it could easily be left there - so I'm glad there will be more to the story.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a great film, but doesn't quite match the brilliance of Curse of the Black Pearl. I would however say it is better than Dead Man's Chest. If you fancy watching this, start from the beginning and watch the three films in order. The story runs through all three so I think someone coming in on the second or third film would be a little lost.
In my opinion one of the best films of the last decade has to be Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. I can barely remember any of my childhood, but in some cases, I can remember the exact date and how or where we watched the film. This was one film that I can do this within, I was not in the greatest moods and at the end of the 2 hours or so, I had not only watched what was an awesome film, but had fallen in love with some actor called Johnny Depp. Not sure if you've heard of him before. :P
Despite the fact that I heard that the second film wasn't any good, I still went to watch it, and the same happened with the third film. This time however, I knew it wasn't going to be as good as the first film, the previous film wasn't as good, so this one wouldn't live up to the same expectations. So this time, I went in, not expecting to see a good film, but just to stare at Johnny Depp for 2 hours ro so.
When the pirate lords of the Brethren Court must unite, Captain Jack Sparrow is the last of the 9 that must attend. To do this, the crew must rescue Jack from the hell of Davy Jones Locker.
Johnny Depp- Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush- Barbossa
Orlando Sissy Bloom- Will Turner
Keira Knightley- Elizabeth Swan
Jack Davenport- Norrington
Bill Nighy- Davy Jones
Stellan Skarsgard- Bootstrap Bill
Writing the plot for this was one of the hardest things I've had to do, mainly because this is where the film fails. The first film was brilliant, mainly due to the fact that the plot was easy to follow and anyone could watch it and understand it, however the second film failed at that and now the third film has failed. The plot is so complicated, I pride myself on being able to understand a plot within a film and I usually have to explain it to people, but I've seen this film quite a few times now and I can't understand the plot completely.
To watch this film you have to watch the previous two, it's not a standalone film, which means that it could lose a lot more viewers, as if you watched this without seeing the first two, you will very likely get bored and walk out of watching it.
The reason why this film works even in the slightest, is because of Johnny Depp. He is the reason I keep going back and I know a lot of other people are the same, Johnny Depps' portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was very risky and it could have, and probably should have failed and not worked at all, however luckily he made this character his own and that is why the film even had a sequel or a third film and even apparently a fourth film.
Like I said earlier I went into watching this film not expecting to like the film, but to have a fun time watching Johnny Depp. Apparently the creators knew this might happen, so they didn't just give us one Jack Sparrow, no we had tons of Jack Sparrows. I remember sitting there, poking my mate saying, I am dreaming? Okay, this was nice, but how stupid must the storyline be to make this make any sense at all, very stupid.
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are back again I'm afraid, with their wooden and terrible performances again. I think Knightley usually is a good actress, but she comes across too English and too annoying in the Pirates films. Sissy Bloom generally is a poor actor and I think he's awful in these films, the only good scenes he has are when he's working alongside Depp.
For a film which just seems to be another way to show off how hot Johnny Depp is and bring in some more money, the film is way too long, it's 167 minutes which is just stupid. I think if they had brought it down to around 110 minutes or so, we would have been able to sit through it and enjoy it.
Despite the fact that the film wasn't too good, I can't deny that the acting from everyone other than Knightley and Bloom is brilliant. These two are quite poor and I can't really say too much good about them. The rest though are amazing and really look like they're believing this complicated storyline. The special effects in the film are amazing, they really are. I can only praise them.
Okay it is one of the weakest films in the trilogy, and I don't think I would have liked it in the slightest if it hadn't have been a part of the trilogy. The only reason the film worked in the slightest was the fact that Johnny Depp is awesome and seeing 12 of him on screen was lovely. The rest of the actors were brilliant as well, well everyone except Knightley and Bloom. The film worked kind of, I think if they had knocked around half an hour, or even an hour of the film, people would have enjoyed it a lot more, it was just too long and too complicated and because of this, it is probably the weakest out of the three.
Release Date: 24th May 2007
Runtime: 169 minutes
Price: £5.99 (play.com)
Kirsty 2009 (C)
After the fairly middling sequel, Dead Man's Chest, there was hope that the final entry, At World's End, would tie everything back together and deliver the solid close to the franchise that we all want. Sadly, this film is a real fail because it's overlong, plodding, indulgent, frustrating, and now, now even the final part in the series (as the new sequel, At Stranger Tides has just been added to the slate).
The film continues where the last film left off, with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) being seemingly devoured by a Kraken, and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) returning into the fold to help our heroes out of a bind. The protagonists, Will (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), and the Black Pearl crewmen embark on a mission to rescue Sparrow and return order to the seas, but they will have to travel to Davy Jones's locker (Bill Nighy) to get him back.
Sadly, this is by and large a bust. The problem is that at 168 minutes, it is FAR too long; the film indulges a length subplot where Sparrow is sauntering around with strange visions of crabs and numerous versions of himself. Furthermore, it takes far too long to get to any good action or engaging plot. It just plods and plods and plods, making even the most ardent fan quite tired by the end, I imagine.
On the plus side, Depp is once again the stand-out performer; he is both charismatic and a good laugh, shaming rather bland co-stars Bloom and Knightley. The real star, perhaps, though, is the visual effects; Davy Jones in particular looks stunning, and the fights are extremely well staged, which is also a testament to the direction here. Sadly it has too many issues in pacing and script to really satisfy, though.
After the disappointment of film 2 (Dead Man's Chest) I was unsure as to what to expect from this film. I went to see it at the cinema, because these films really do need the big screen and I have to say I enjoyed this as much as the first, if not more.
It picks up right where 2 left off, with the East India Company in charge of the Seas and Jack Sparrows crew deciding to go and get Jack back from Davy Jones locker. In this film we get not one Sparrow but 3 which is a bonus. Geoffrey Rush is back and Yun-Fat Chow joins the cast as a Chinese Pirate Lord. We even get to meet Jack Sparrow's daddy, the perfectly cast Keith Richards.
It is almost as if Disney realised that the last film spent too much time in one location and realied they had to up the ante on the action side. This moves at a furious pace as Jack is liberated from the locker and then they are all catapulted into a fight between the Pirate Lords and the East India Company for domination of the sea.
All the ingredients are there, with the comedy just as slick as it has always been. The ending does not rule out a further visit and I believe that Pirates 4 is in progress now. This one makes up for the lack lustre second film with more story line and some real Pirate action with the Pirate council led by the Pirate King going into battle with the East India Company. The special effects are bigger and better than before and the battle scene at the end is brilliant.
This is a must for the collection. I have already bought it and although my husband does not know, one of our days holiday in September will be a Pirates day where we watch all 3 on the trott.
After really really enjoying the first two pirates of the caribbean films, i could not wait to see this one, and it certainly didnt disappoint! As usual the actors and actresses are fantastic, and the script is amusing. Both Johnny Depp and Orlando bloom make this film worth watching for ladies! Elizabeth ( Kiera Knightley), Will ( orlando bloom ) and the crew of the Black Pearl sail off the edge of the map with the help of mysterious Tia Dalma and Captain Barbossa who has been raised by the dead to save Captain Jack Sparrow . He has been condemned to remain in the void of Davey Jones' locker for eternity. But rescuing Jack isn't the only story of this movie - Lord Beckett has control of the heart of Davey Jones, and with that he controls the sea. The nine pirate lords of the world must unite for a final stand against Beckett, Jones and the East India Trade company.
buy this now, it really is a brillian film!
After enjoying the first pirates of the carribbean which I thought was a great film, then followed the second which was very decent as well but definetly not as good as the first, the third though is a huge disappointment and a film I feel is done very poorly.
The third film just has a very confusing aspect about the whole thing at times I didint really no what was going on at all which really spoiled the film for me.
Johnny depp is once again suberb as captain jack sparrow with a real top performance as usual, the problem being with this film is I didnt think he was in it enough at all. The rest of the film is decetly acted and it does have a lot of very good action sequences throughout the movie but you just cant help feel that it should be a lot better, and in the end with the film it feels like it is really dragging in at the end and it really feels like it will never end at all.
Overall the film is a very disappointing effort that I was expecting much better from the whole film just had a very confusing aspect to it all and it didnt come anywhere near close to the brilliance of the first film.
Well after the joy of watching the first two Pirates movies I certainly had to watch the third so I could complete the series. The third is just as good as the first two in my opinion.
We start the film with Captain Jack being trapped in Davey Jones Locker but a crew of friends set out to free him, the team is lead by Barbossa who has been brought back from the dead by Calypso. Will Turner is also along on this trip as he has his own agenda, he wishes to take hold of the Black Pearl so he can free his father from Davey Jones Locker also and his life of punishment.
The crew finally meet up with Jack and after a lot of problems they are finally free from the Locker but they have another mission which must be completed. The last nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court must meet and make one last stand to preserve the freedom of the pirates.
The British forces in port Royal are hanging all pirates and anyone who is found to be helping them. Will is enlisted by they to help capture Jack and led them to the Brethren court so the leader of the forces can take control of the court and rid the seas of these pirates.
Elizabeth is again along on this mission but there is tension between her and Will as Will saw her kissing Jack at the end of the last film so he thinks she now loves Jack and not him. The couple find out that they have both betrayed each other by being deceitful about their missions.
Calypso is more of a main character in this film as she wishes the Brethren Court to free her from her human form so she can again be a free spirit and be free. Little do they know her connection with Davey Jones.
Will is sticking to his mission and he leaves the British Forces a trail so they can follow the Black Pearl to the hiding place of the Brethren Court but before long Captain Jack has found out his intentions and Will is thrown over board.
Will Captain Jack be able to get the nine Pirate Lords together and will they be free to sail the sea and can Will finally free his father and complete his mission?
This film does have to be watched very closely as there are deals being made between the pirates left right and centre and at times I was finding myself with no idea who was helping who or who was being deceitful. I did find that I soon worked it all out and in the end it all made sense!
The story in this film was again very good and quite believable. The characters were all amazing in their roles and made their characters very believable. They all worked very well together on screen and the return of some of the old characters from the previous films gave the whole story more depth.
Johnny Depp was again excellent in his role and he added an excellent amount of humour which is what was needed in the film. He just seems to have an ability to make me laugh by just a facial expression.
The effects in the film were very good. They all looked believable and fitted into the film very well. At no point could you tell that you were definitely watching a special effect as they were blended in so well.
The music in the film was very appropriate and it all fitted into the film very well. I give credit to Hans Zimmer as his music did give the film the added emotions which were needed at the right points of the film.
The DVD which I have is packed full of bonus material which includes:-
Keith and the Captain - On set with Johnny Depp and the Rock Legend
Bloopers of the Caribbean
Deleted Scenes with Optional commentary by Director
The Tale of Many Jacks
Anatomy of a Scene - The Maelstrom
Masters of Design - Creating the Pirates World
The World of Chow Yun-Fat
Inside the Brethren Court
The Pirates Maestro - The music of Hans Zimmer
Hoist the Colours - The Story Behind the Song
I did watch the bloopers but I did not watch the additional extras as I do not want to see how the film and characters were made as it will make the film loose some of the magic. Hubby did watch them when I had gone to bed and he did say that they were all very interesting and if you like a behinds the scene look then they are definitely ones to watch as he learned so much from them and just how much work goes into creating the effects and characters.
The film was written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Directed by Gore Verbinski. The running time of the film is 161 minutes which makes this the longest out of all three but I did not find I was getting bored at any point in the film as there is so much going on.
The film has a 12 certificate which I think is very appropriate as there are scenes of moderate horror and action adventure violence.
I paid just under £5 for my DVD from Amazon so shop around for a great bargain.
This film is a must to watch as it completes the whole series of excellently although I would have liked a different ending for a certain member of the crew! I highly recommend this film to all who have watched the others and all fans of fun action films with great actors.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl was a phenominal, stand alone film. PoC - Dead Man's Chest continued the franchise and was, although not as good as the first, still a good film. At World's End is the final part of the saga.
Whilst I do still like the film and think the way it concludes the story is good it is, I'm sad to say the poorer cousin of the the first two films. If the previous Pirates films were a little chaotic and confusing at times to work out which side Jack was really on and what his true intentions were then the final installment was even more erratic. After several watches I think I have finally got the measure of the story but I was left somewhat bewildered by it all at first.
Johnny Depp's characterisation of Captain Jack Sparrow was perfect as ever and watching his paranoia/madness set in whilst he was trapped at World's End was very funny. Jack and Elizabeth and their relationships ups and downs were a little more tedious this time but I think the final twist was very apt and nicely finished their story arc. Bill Nighy's turn as the tentacled Davy Jones was also terrific.
The effects are mind blowing but sadly the plot is a little weaker than I would have liked. If you have seen the first two movies then this one is a must, if only to see the franchise through to the end. The film is watchable (and you may need to watch it a few times to fully understand all the plot twists) but not sure I would choose to re-watch it over and over.
I'm starting at the end for my reviews of the PoTC films as I want to build up to something brilliant (i bet you can see where I'm going with this can't you).
I suppose as a general rule I can't really complain about this film. It was actioned packed, lots of battles and fights, and all-round swash-buckling adventure. The CGI was brilliant on all the ship fights, and the choreography on the swoard fighting was as good as anything before (except perhaps The Princess Bride).
The basic story was good, and apart from Bloom, I can't really complain about the acting. So whats my problem?
They are 2 fold. 1st-ly (and leastly) it was too long. My girlfriend and I tried to watch all three in one go. Couldn't do it. Got to the end of Dead Mans Chest and went to bed. The prospect of watching another 2 hour film just sent me to sleep.
Secondly, the jokes. How many times did they need to make a joke about the rum being gone? I mean seriously, was it necessary? The puns were terrible, and whats worse was that they were so poorly delivered! I may be being pedantic but it ruined what should have been the best of all of them.
Pirates 3 has received lots of different reviews but I think it is a great film but it isn't as good as the others in the series.
The cast does a great job and kept me entertained. The story is a little complicated so children can watch but may not understand. It is also a long film so children may become annoyed. The sound and picture quality is great. The music soundtrack is really good and fun to listen too. The film contains lots of special effects which are stunning.
In the film, the action follows the second film just after Jack Sparrow was locked in Davey Jones's Locker and has been killed. Then, he makes fake versions of himself that will cause mayhem around the world. It is a great end to the series but also leaves it open to another film which could be released.
The DVD contains some extras but no commentaries. However, it does have some fantastic deleted scenes which will make you laugh. They are great to watch over and over again.
Overall, the film is great to watch and very entertaining but the story is complicated and is possibly too long for children to enjoy it. However, the extras are great and funny.
this film seems to have gathered a sort of love it or hate it critique.
Put simply, it is the third part of a trilogy following Captain Jack Sparrow, a pirate, and his quests. Traditional pirate folklore is embedded throughout.
In this film, as a series finale, the characters all show their development and are all brought together again.
Some of the characters such as calypso and davy jones, which are based upon myth, become far more real in this film, and have far more depth.
Whilst disneywho produced this are typically creators of family film, this is really only suitable for older families. it is rated as a 12, and that is understandable. There is plenty of action and some minor violence within the movie, and also the storyline gets multilayered and quite complex at times which younger ones wouldn't understand or follow. the same is true for the films humour.
all in all, it is a very good swashbuckling adventure
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a rollicking voyage in the same spirit of the two earlier Pirates films, yet far darker in spots (and nearly three hours to boot). The action, largely revolving around a pirate alliance against the ruthless East India Trading Company, doesn't disappoint, though the violence is probably too harsh for young children. Through it all, the plucky cast (Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush) are buffeted by battle, maelstroms, betrayal, treachery, a ferocious Caribbean weather goddess, and that gnarly voyage back from the world's end--but with their wit intact. As always, Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow tosses off great lines; he chastises "a woman scorned, like which hell hath no fury than!" He insults an opponent with a string of epithets, ending in "yeasty codpiece." In the previous The Curse of the Black Pearl, Sparrow was killed--sent to Davy Jones' Locker. In the opening scenes, the viewer sees that death has not been kind to Sparrow--but that's not to say he hasn't found endless ways to amuse himself, cavorting with dozens of hallucinated versions of himself on the deck of the Black Pearl. But Sparrow is needed in this world, so a daring rescue brings him back. Keith Richards' much ballyhooed appearance as Jack's dad is little more than a cameo, though he does play a wistful guitar. But the action, as always, is more than satisfying, held together by Depp, who, outsmarting the far-better-armed British yet again, causes a bewigged commander to muse: "Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes along?" As far as fans are concerned, it matters not. --A.T. Hurley