Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

By Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Fair Use

Rating: 4 out of 5.

With their captain lost to Davy Jones’ locker, a crew of pirates and misfits attempt to bring him back so they can defeat the East India Company and retake their freedom on the high seas. So begins a quest to reach the world’s end that will see battles with monsters, a pirate court, and some very odd crabs, in this third Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Gore Verbinski returns following the successes of the Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest, once again bringing flair and comedy to a tale that is becoming bigger and more explosive with each instalment, and yet still retains a human story at its heart. This is about friendship and love as much as it is a huge battle against the established order of things. The stunts and action are just as big—if not bigger—than the last film, and the funny moments just as humorous. I’m no great fan of corporate cash-ins or sequels for sequels’ sake, but this I very much enjoyed.

The usual cast return including Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy, and Naomi Harris, plus there is an amusing cameo from Keith Richards. As the inspiration for Depp’s performance, perhaps it is only fitting that he should appear as Depp’s character’s father, and he plays it well. Chow Yun-Fat also appears and seems to enjoy the opportunity to embrace the pirate life.

The mythology of the last two films is built upon, and though there are moments of exposition, it doesn’t slow the pace of the incredible plot. This film is a ship at pace that cuts through the waves before it, pressing on to its great finale. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is grand, silly, and huge amount of fun. It is, frankly, better than it deserves to be, and a worthy conclusion to a fine trilogy of films.

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