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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

directed by Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End poster  
Jack Sparrow isn't one to let the minor matter of his demise get him down. He's too busy fighting with himself over peanuts and being stalked by pebbles. At the end of Dead Man's Chest it looked as though it was all over for the roguish pirate, but in fact he is imprisoned between life and death in Davy Jones' Locker.

Jack's friends set out to rescue him, although they all have different reasons for wanting him back. Will Turner wants to save his father, who still languishes as one of the crew of the Flying Dutchman. Barbossa wants a certain token that Jack is carrying, whilst Elizabeth Swann is feeling guilty about her part in his predicament.

The East India Company are intent on ruling the seas and ridding them of piracy, no matter what the cost. Lord Cutler Beckett has set about executing the guilty and innocent alike in order to flush out the pirates. So a meeting of the nine pirate lords is called, in the hope that they can turn the tide on the English and save themselves from extinction. If they can resist the temptation to kill each other first, they may just succeed.

On the Flying Dutchman, Will's father is slowly losing all his humanity, becoming a part of the ship and forgetting who he once was. Davy Jones is supposed to ferry the souls of the dead of the sea to their final resting place, but he isn't doing his job. Instead he is bound to the East India Company, and Lord Beckett, who treats the octopus-faced monster as though he is just another lackey.

There is also the question of Calypso, a pagan sea deity who was imprisoned in human form in order to calm the seas. Releasing her will make the seas as wild and unpredictable as they once were, but there's no guarantee that she won't wreak revenge on her former captors and kill them all.

At World's End is an all-action blockbuster of a movie, full of sword fights, swashbuckling, fantastic creatures, and a good measure of explosive destruction. The pace is never allowed to slacken. Although it's quite a long film the plot is intricate enough to sustain this. It's often hard to figure out who is double-crossing who and what they're planning. And although at times Jack Sparrow seems barely capable of planning even five minutes into the future he clearly has his fair share of cunning. In this film he's crazier and more addled than ever, and even more funny to watch as a result. Keith Richards, that daddy of all party animals, makes an appearance as Jack's father, just to drive home the point about his excessive nature.

At World's End has plenty of funny lines, as well as a few eye-popping scenes of gross-out and slapstick humour. Watch out for Jack dropping his own brain on the floor. This is a movie that's all about fun, and one which doesn't take itself too seriously or have pretensions to any kind of depth.

Throughout the trilogy Elizabeth Swann has never had any shortage of suitors, and the romantic aspect of this story comes to the fore towards the end of this film. This dimension means that this is a movie with something for all the family, and it rounds off what will probably be one of the most crowd-pleasing movies of 2007. It's populist, light, and highly entertaining.

Film Details

Year: 2007

Categories: Films


Classification: 12

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