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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End dir. by

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Surprisingly I liked this. I loved the first, but was bored during the second, so I wasn’t expecting great things from the third in the series. Maybe this was the reason I liked it, low expectations and all, but whatever the cause I’m glad.

It isn’t as good as the first; I don’t think I’d be bothered to rewatch it. Maybe if it showed up on telly, or I wanted to waste three hours, but I wouldn’t be pushed either way. Still it more than did its job of entertaining me throughout the film. And earned a few laughs as well. So thumbs up I think.

And then there is the whole look and feel of the film. It is fab. Honestly. I loved Davy Jones’ locker, and the hallucinations of Jack Sparrows. Fantastic. Surreal and trippy, but wonderful.

That being said, there were bits I didn’t like, but then again what film is perfect. Especially if it has Keira Knightly in it? I’m not a fan, but she did okay, nothing to complain about[1] I feel kinda the same about Orlando Bloom, I’m not a huge fan, but he did the job, although he really wasn’t in it all that much, despite being a principle character.

Yes, there is too much going on, and plots that go nowhere, and senselessness, but it doesn’t really matter. Jack is cool. Pirates are piratey. So it is all good.

Yo, ho, haul together,
hoist the Colors high…
Heave ho, thieves and beggars,
never say we die.

And while I’m here; the opening was a bit dark wasn’t it? I mean, the hangings of huge numbers of people, including children, but cunningly filmed so it only got a 12s rating.

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  1. apart from her being so skinny, my god a sword is fatter than her, but whatever
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13 Comments

  • 31 May 2007 - 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Did Keira Knightly finally manage to close her lips? I'd go just to see that.

  • 31 May 2007 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I thought the opening was pretty dark too, especially for a Disney film which people are obviously taking their kids to, regardless of the rating. And yet it is historically accurate. They did hang pirates, so it is something to discuss with one's kiddos.

    I'm an unabashed Keira fan, especially enjoyed her in Pride and Prejudice. She looked like she gained a bit of weight back for Pirates and didnt look so waifer thin.

  • 31 May 2007 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Now that I think about it Scott, I'm pretty sure they were open all the time. It is a gift how she manages to do that ;)

    Very dark Carl, if you had little kids. But as you say, accurate. And I agree Knightly didn't look too skinny, not til the end with the kinda samurai-looking outfit on her, it made to waist look teeny tiny.

  • 31 May 2007 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Jack's hallucinations were my favorite part of the film :-) It reminded me of some…hmmm…'adventures' I had in high school, shall we say?

  • Lord Voldemort
    5 June 2007 - 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Keira got to bare her teeth a lot during the fillum; that means she's angry/determined/torn/other. I do think they could have kitted her out with a hat that said "feisty wench" though. And what about the sad attempts to make Orlando Bloom hard and unflappable?

    But I come to praise, not to bury. I don't think I've ever seen a film that looked so good; that was such a feast of sheer spectacle. Some parts were almost visual poetry, like the shot of the starry sky reflected in the sea, that made it look as if the Black Pearl was sailing through the heavens. Nice.

    And, yes, the opening scene was entirely inappropriate for a family film. Also I was annoyed that they didn't show the Harry Potter trailer before the feature, but I can hardly blame the film for that.

    Also have to say, although I am at least ninety per cent hetero, and though he was the evil bastard to end all evil bastards, I thought Lord Beckett (or whatever his name was) was unbearably sexy, in all three films. Am I alone? Yes, probably.

  • 5 June 2007 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Pardon me while I throw up. Lord Beckett!!! I think I may need another exclamation mark. !

    I did like that night scene. Very pretty.

  • 5 June 2007 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    He was so calm and unflappable, and intelligent and calculating, and I liked his voice. Johnny Depp? Pah! Girls don't know NUFFINK!

  • 5 June 2007 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    You crazy. CRAZY!

    Johnny Depp de man. In a nasty, smelly, dirty, missing teeth sort of way.

  • 5 June 2007 - 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Well, I think JD is a bit of a poser, but Captain Sparrow is definitely someone you'd like to have on your side.

    I liked some parts especially; the bit where they're all pulling guns on each other, then start laughing, then pull them on each other again! Also the little monkey…how could anyone not love the little monkey?

  • 5 June 2007 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Erm, maybe if he had the same disease as that monkey in Outbreak?

  • Natasha
    12 June 2007 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I am a Will Turner lover….and i had a question about the end of the movie….I have had heard two different versions. <spoiler>One is that since Will is the captain of the FD he can only see Elizabeth once every 10 years.

    The other version I heard was that, the 10 year rule only applied to Davy Jones because he wasn't faithful to Tia Dalma(Calypso) and that since Will was faithful, he can now stay with Elizabeth. Just wondering if anyone could clear this up for me…</spoiler>

  • Chukc
    15 June 2007 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who noticed the accuracy of some of the flags when they raised the colours during the battle? It did my heart good to see Christopher Moody's Flag among those shown.

  • 15 June 2007 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Can't say that I noticed Chukc. But if so, that's pretty cool

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