Monday, December 8, 2014

Movie of the Week – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

This week’s movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Cutler Beckett, now in control of Davy Jones, is taking over the seas, executing all pirates that he comes across. Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must travel off the edge of the world to rescue Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’s locker so that they can convene the Pirates Lords to wage a decisive battle against Beckett and Jones.

Director Gore Verbinski filmed At World’s End back-to-back with Dead Man’s Chest; thus, he used the same creative department heads for both films, including: composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Dariusz Wolski and production designer Rick Heinrichs.

The cast of Dead Man’s Chest all return as well, including: stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom as well as supporting cast members Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, and Kevin McNally. Geoffrey Rush returns from the dead as Captain Barbossa and Chow Yun-Fat joins the cast.

At World’s End is a big mess. It is as if the writers sat down and decided to not throw out any ideas, no matter how bad they were; and not only that, they also took all these bad ideas and forced them into the film, resulting in a movie that is over-long and bloated with bad jokes, ideas and storylines. Somewhere, amongst all the mess, however, is still a pretty good and entertaining film. At World’s End has its great moments and still has its great characters and cast. Verbinski and his writing team walked a fine line with Dead Man’s Chest, getting dangerously close to going over the line with the action and jokes being too silly and ridiculous (and for some, they did cross the line). With At World’s End, the line is seemingly non-existent, as everything is a bit ridiculous and silly. Yet, the film still has its charm and is ultimately still a fun conclusion to the Pirates of the Caribbean’s initial trilogy.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video On-Demand

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