Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
May 25, 2011
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Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott/Terry Rossio
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring: Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightley/Bill Nighy/Naomie Harris/Geoffrey Rush/Keith Richards
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 169 minutes
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest raised the bar as far as the Pirates of the Caribbean series was concerned. It was a brilliant sequel with more highs than lows and it was an enjoyable adventure. With Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, expectations weren’t exactly high but it was high enough for people to expect something out of it. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl starts the series on a great high and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest continued to keep the series on that level that left the audience entertained and happy. So why is it that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End fails to keep the bar raised? First of all, the story simply doesn’t have much to it like the others did. The first half is basically Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and the other half is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 2.0, it didn’t feel like a fresh adventure after we went through half of the movie and felt more like an extremely long extended ending to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. As far as the characters are concerned, the writers have put Jack Sparrow back on top form like the way he was in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. However, the same can not be said for Will Turner or Elizabeth Swann as both of them are, yet again, completely boring. Although both of them were a lot more involved in this movie than they were in the first two, they were still bland. Another thing that was the problem was that, considering they are supposed to be a couple, they weren’t convincing and there wasn’t any chemistry between the two at all. Will Turner was more interesting but again, you just couldn’t care about him that much. The same can be said for Elizabeth Swann as her involvement in the story tries to make her more interesting but it fails to do so.
Even though the characters weren’t written well, that isn’t the fault of the actors as they do give out a good performance. As usual, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Bill Nighy are brilliant as their characters Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones and they give out what is probably their best performances out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are decent as their characters but there were a couple of moments where they was a little shaky and weren’t really believable. The script wasn’t very good and the plot became a little confusing and complicated at times when it was unnecessary but there’s two things that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies always pride themselves on and that is their action scenes and their special effects. The action scenes in the movie were fantastically done and were very entertaining and the special effects were very realistic and gave the movie more life. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End may have had a couple of things good about it but it’s mostly drawn-out, silly and boring in too many places.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a great adventure movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was a worthy sequel but Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ruins the streak of positive reviews of the series with too much slapstick humour, a weak script, one-dimensional or boring characters (except for Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and Davy Jones) and a drawn-out story. For what it’s worth, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End does have a few stand-out moments but nearly all of them either involved CGI or action scenes, which I could not fault. Also, no matter how much she shouts and acts, Elizabeth Swann isn’t convincing as a pirate whatsoever. Overall, the movie is disappointing with too many drawn-out and confusing sub-plots, making you constantly remember what happened, and not enough quality in the story, the characters or the script. Pirates of the Caribbean fans may enjoy this for it’s action and it’s special effects but there’s not much else that appeals.