Moving along with the marathon, we arrive at the 3rd instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean with At World’s End. If you haven’t read my reviews on the first two, you can check it out HERE and HERE! I saw this one in theatres with my mom in Hong Kong back in 2007 when I was in Asia for the entire summer. Hong Kong had made its main promotion with Chow Yun-Fat‘s role as Sao Feng so my mom was interested as he was popular in her generation.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Dead Man’s Chest left us with a cliffhanger ending and this one picks up pretty much right after it. Out comes Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) leading the crew along with Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) in search of a new ship and help from Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), a ruthless Chinese pirate, in order to save Captain Jack Sparrow (each for their own reasons) from Davy Jones Locker. With the “song” being sung, Sao Feng and Barbossa has to find Jack Sparrow in order to have their meeting for the Brethren Court at Shipwreck Cove, and at the same time, not fall for another game of deceit/betrayal set up or manipulated by others controlled by East India Company and Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) and as well as not fall prey to Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and his Flying Dutchman.
At World’s End is somewhat hard to pinpoint as to whether I like it or not. For one, the movie itself is very long and the plot keeps switching and switching from one betrayal, to another deceit to something else. It seems like they wanted to wrap up the series desperately (but then they came out with On Stranger Tides which I will watch tonight probably). The plot becomes a bit more serious with a few scenes of more dumbed down humor compared to before. Jack Sparrow’s appearance is kept to be the same craziness but it has less wit than before. However, some characters did rise up to a better development.
For one, Orlando Bloom is always charming but before, his goal was just always Elizabeth and Elizabeth and even more Elizabeth. This time, he’s got a brain of his own and his own agenda. This makes him have a totally and completely renewed (and attractive) vibe to his character making him the one I loved seeing on screen. Then, we have this whole fresh vibe between him and Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth. On that same note, Elizabeth Swann really developed as well. She now has to tough up and face her choices with how things ended in Dead Man’s Chest and how to deal with the events to come in this one. Both of them was a joy to watch on screen 🙂
Now lets look at the other tidbits! Chow Yun-Fat wasn’t on screen a whole lot (so much for the Hong Kong promotion, my mom felt cheated). He was alright though as he usually is. That little part didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. This movie had a lot of not very useful parts. Maybe because the plot was all over the place and sometimes I wasn’t really sure where everything or anything was going. On a side note, Davy Jones was still pretty awesome plus we saw more of Naomie Harris as Tia Dalma who is mysterious and dark so she adds a bit of darkness. Hmm…and the whole thing was very CGI, good or bad depends on the person 😉 I found it fitting, fun, thrilling.
At World’s End is still quite a thrilling adventure to watch however, what makes it lose its steam a bit is the mass amount of plot with so many characters brought back or added in with more screen time. What does help is that there are characters that develop and they bring on a different vibe to the whole story along with some darkness. Overall, its a decent movie for the Pirates series. I loved the first two and this one I occasionally watch as well, just because of the length I usually split it in various parts throughout the day or maybe two days. Not the best in the series but still enjoyable!