Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) Review

My third stop in my Pirates of the Caribbean marathon had me revisiting the third and final film in the original trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Having not seen this movie for a few years, I actually didn’t remember much about it other than I remember enjoying the film so I was excited to give it a rewatch with basically a fresh mindset going in. This can also work against you as I actually don’t remember how as a younger viewer I sat through it because this is the worst pacing in a movie I’ve ever seen.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End picks up immediately following the events of Dead Man’s Chest. With Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) having been swallowed by the Kraken and brought to the depths of Davy Jones Locker, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swan (Kiera Knightley) and the rest of the remaining crew set out to bring Jack back from the depths with the help of the now alive Captain Barbosa (Geoffrey Rush), who was revealed to be alive in the cliffhanger at the end of the last film. They also must fight the East India Trading Company, led by villainous Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) who with the control of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) looks to destroy piracy forever and control the seas himself.

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Let me first say that while this movie isn’t even close to being perfect, it’s not necessarily a bad film and there are positive things in it to enjoy. Firstly, the performances are all top notch. Johnny Depp steals the show once again but each of the supporting crew holds their own. Geoffrey Rush is probably my favorite part of this movie as he is definitely enjoying and having fun in his role along with having the funniest lines. The action is also really fun and epic here. The way the film kicks off in Shanghai is the strongest part of the film as it sets up the film and has a really intense opening action sequence that riveted me.The special effects are also something to behold as they’re truly seamless and there is never a point where I saw CGI. Also, the finale is a great way to “end” the series and feels like the stakes are truly high. It’s just this is a part of my main issue with the movie.

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I do not care about any of the character’s or their fates in this movie because of the god-awful structure of the plot. There is so much wrong with the way the story unfolds in this movie. I can’t count on my fingers the amount of betrayals and side changes these characters go through. I mean by the end, I had some trouble remembering who I wanted to not make it out at the end. This plays into the pacing issue. Being that there is so many twists in this film, the second act feels like it’s own movie. I swear it goes on for an hour and a half and feels like you just end up at the final battle and don’t know how you got there. This movie drags on for so long that I had to pause and take 5 minute breaks just to make it through. I actually feel this is the longest film I’ve ever seen not length wise but pacing wise. There is so much extra fat in this film that I believe if they cut out a decent bulk of it and slimmed down the non-consequental cannibal scene in Dead Man’s Chest, put the rest of this and that together, they could of made one cohesive movie that could of been split in two and ultimately better.

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I am really disappointed that upon another viewing, I found myself not liking this film as strongly as before. The major issue is the plot structure along with the way the film is paced. It makes it extremely hard to get through at times and while I will never say I was particularly bored, I kept thinking to myself “okay, lets speed it up and get to the good stuff”. There are good things sprinkled in such as the great acting, wonderful special effects and first and third act. It’s just that brutal second act that takes forever that truly bogs this film down to being a overlong, over plotted mess of a finale.

Grade: C-

Next up: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


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