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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End [On DVD 12/04/07]

 

The Diva's review of
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

 

Pirates of the Caribbean:  At World’s End
Rated
; running time of 2 hours 47 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun-Fat, Jack Davenport, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin R. McNally, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook
U.S. Release Date: 05/25/07
U.S. DVD Date: 12/04/07


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 45% - Rotten
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross $309,404,152
International Gross $651,200,000
Worldwide Gross $960,604,152

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

If you saw Pirates 2 then you know that our beloved Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is in need of rescuing from Davy Jones' Locker, where Jack and his ship, The Black Pearl, are stuck in essentially the netherworld.

Meanwhile, his crew along with his ‘friends”,Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Kiera Knightley), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) go to the Orient to try convince/trick/cajole Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) into helping them save Jack. Saving him will be no easy task as they have to travel to the end of time and the end of the world. This task is a means to an end. Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander) and Admiral James Norrington (Jack Davenport), have control of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and The Flying Dutchman, therefore they have control of the seas. This particular axis of evil has decided to not only control the seas, but to rid themselves of all pirates and the only way for Jack, Feng, Barbossa and the others to save their lives and their way of life is to come together and work as a team to unleash the only entity who can go head to head with Davey Jones. (and to tell you more would spoil the movie for you) .

The Dish

I remarked in my review of Pirates 2 how confusing things were when the story centered around Davey Jones. I was largely alone in my confusion last time. But AHA not so much this time. People were scratching their heads and trying to figure out what happened. This is complicated by the fact that 3 or 4 subplots going on and not all of them mesh. There was too much going on and so much subtext that it was sometimes next to impossible to piece it all together.

I like that Elizabeth comes into her own. I’m glad that Will Turner is given the chance to have more depth, but I’m upset with the turn his life takes. I was annoyed that the Keith Richards hype did not live up to my expectations. I’ve seen that man stand up straight long enough to play guitar for 90 minutes, would it have been too hard to give him more than 3 or 4 lines and 2 minutes of screen time? I mean really.

Also gone are the many pithy comments by Jack Sparrow. I missed cracking up at his one-liners. All in all, this is the weakest of the trilogy and quite frankly and in my opinion, not worthy of the franchise.. I hope there is a chance for redemption. Yes I’m asking for a number 4, but only to clean up the mess left behind with #3.

I also missed the shout out to the Disneyland ride. I saw the dog show up with the keys, but I missed whatever else they paid homage to. Did anyone else catch it?

So upon viewing the DVD, did any of this get cleared up for me? Somewhat. I was able to appreciate the romance of it. I was able to understand all of the meshed subplots and as such, liked the movie a lot better. And as always, Disney knows how to put together a DVD. I’m so fickle, good dvd extras will sway me in a heartbeat.

The Directive

This makes a nice rental and even though the plot leaves a bit to be desired, go ahead and round out your collection.

The DVD

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
• "Bloopers of the Caribbean"
• 2 Deleted Scenes with optional director's commentary
• "Keith and the Captain: On Set with Johnny and the Rock Legend"
• "Anatomy of a Scene: The Maelstrom"
• "The Tale of the Many Jacks"
• "The World of Chow Yun-Fat"
• "The Pirate Maestro: The Music of Hans Zimmer"
• Masters of Design: "Sao Feng's Map," "The Cursed Crew," "Singapore," "Teague's Costume," "The Code Book"
• "Hoist the Colours"
• "Inside the Brethren Court

DVD SPECS


• 2.35:1 Anamorphic Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (Spanish) Subtitles:
• English
• Spanish

The Directive

Even though I really hated this movie, anything rated G and keeps my kids entertained is okay with me.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End will be released in May 2007

 

3BC Ratings

yellow light

 

Originally, I was at my wits end after watching this one but, I was a bit too harsh. It’s not that bad.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2007
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