Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy, Naomie Harris, and Chow Yun-Fat.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been able to get behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise like the rest of the world. I thought the first one was merely “pretty good” and the second one was just bad. But, as I tend to do in summer blockbuster season, I succumbed to the peer pressure and went to see #3. Would it redeem the whole trilogy for me?
The seas have grown rough. The evil East Indian Trading Company has captured Davy Jones’s heart. Using this to blackmail Davy Jones, they rule the seas with an iron fist and are killing pirates on site. Enter our heroes, Will Turner, Elizabeth, and the back-from-the-dead Barbossa. They set out to save the seas and make it free for pirates once again. Step one: rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker, cuz they need him, and it’s just not a Pirates movie if it doesn’t have Jack Sparrow. And then, step two: unite the pirates of the world for one last assault on Davy Jones and the Flying Dutchman. And, thought it all, will Will and Elizabeth learn to love again? Will all the backstabbing and backroom deals finally make everyone happy? And will Jack finally figure out what it is he truly wants?
What I Liked
There’s some pretty cool special effects. The sea battle at the end is amazing, and the plot seems to be a lot clearer than the last film. And, I gotta confess, Captain Jack is pretty darn cool.
What I Didn’t Like
Having followed a lot of sci-fi franchises with deep, drawn out continuities, I can tell when a mythology is being made up as they go along. In the Pirates films, they were making it up as they went along. That makes it very difficult to follow. And, like the final seasons of The X-Files, it collapses under the weight of the mythology. And, like another trilogy that collapsed under the weight of its mythology – the Matrix – the creators are forced to come to a conclusion that I found mildly unsatisfying.
I may be biased because I’ve never been fully on-board with this, but at least it was better than the second. And it’s just bogged-down with an overcomplicated mythology.