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


Action, Adventure, Fantasy


Gore Verbinski




Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgard, Chow Yun-fat, Tom Hollander, Jack Davenport, Kevin McNally, Naomie Harris, Jonathan Pryce, Keith Richards, Lee Arenberg, Greg Ellis, David Bailie, Martin Klebba


Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) make an alliance to rescue Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the land of the dead and face Davy Jones (Bill Nighy).


Less than a year after the second instalment of the trilogy - yes, a trilogy, that's what this series was supposed to be - Gore Verbinski as well proves that third entries are usually the worst entries. Although it still is a slightly enjoyable adventure film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is a flawed disappointment.

Just like in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead's Man Chest", the main problem is the writing. While this story could have been a bit more interesting than the previous one, it still is quite contrived, there are too many subplots going on - actually, it feels like there's a change of plot every ten minutes or something - and it's almost impossible to follow.

The characters once again received the treatment of the previous entry. With no character development left, and the abandonment of the love triangle between Sparrow, Turner and Swan, not even the main characters manage to entertain. As for the supporting ones, villains mostly, there are just too many of them. Also, Elizabeth Swan's character is given too much importance in the story. I'm a woman, I should like that, but I would have appreciated if she gradually went from blue-blooded, spoiled girl to pirate. She has never held a sword and now she is like the best fighter ever. Come on!

What makes it worse than its predecessor is the humour. We are once again blessed with those same old jokes and gags. Only this time, the third time, they aren't that funny anymore. They are just plain annoying.

That said, the film still manages to be a little exciting, and that's only because of the special effects which are still very impressive and the action/fighting sequences which still are very exciting and a lot of fun. Take this away, and the film is left with nothing.

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