Monday, June 11, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

After the unexpected success of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Walt Disney wasted no time to put together a trilogy. The sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, proved to be a success also. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the last film in the trilogy. So how is it? How does it stack up againest the first 2 films?

The movie starts with anyone associated with piracy begin hanged by the East Indian Company. Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman are also under their control, begin used to destroy all pirate ships on the seven seas. Captain Barbossa lead Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann and the crew of the Black Pearl to Sao Feng, pirate lord of Singapore. They need the navigational chart leading to World's End, the gateway to the Davy Jones' Locker to get the late Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirate Lord of the Caribbean. Barbossa's plan is to convene the Brethren Court to release the sea goddess, Calypso. After a couple of double-cross and a few triple-cross, Calypso is released and the Pearl and Dutchman faced off in the famous malstorm scene.

First off, World's End is slightly better than Dead Man's Chest, but far below Curse of the Black Pearl. It's not a bad movie but it too long and filled with several scenes that deserved to be on the cutting floor of the editing room. (Jack Sparrow death scene in the Locker, I talking to you.) Also the final battle was disappointing. Only the Pearl and Dutchman fought in the last battle, not a other single ship fought, even though you could see 2 huge fleet facing off againest each other. The malstorm scene was CGI madness, aka see it with your brain switch off, because it will make no sense.

Some part of the movie works like a charm. The scenes between Sparrow and Barbossa were good, and I liked the part where it's Barbossa's plan that saved the day. That was a nice twist. Also, wait to watch the post-credits scene at the very end. Most post-credit scenes are useless, but I liked this one. It actually closes the Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner story.

Overall, World's End is a fun ride that close the trilogy. The director left room for a fourth film and given the success of World's End, I bet money that it will be made. Fountain of Youth, here come Jack Sparrow.

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