JT Film Review

40 – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End REVIEW

3.5/5 stars

Director – Gore Vebrinski

Cast – Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Tom Hollander


— follows Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man`s Chest



The final installment of the Pirates franchise comes to us with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World`s End. This one was shot at the same time as Dead Man`s Chest, in the same way the LOTR Trilogy was shot. The Pirates franchise certainly got darker with Dead Man`s Chest, and this certainly continues the trend, although there are more jokes here. Unfortunately the trend of making the movies longer is also present, and this one is just too long. The plot does move fairly quickly, but theres so much of it that it just tires you out to watch.

However, there are some brilliant performances from Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Kiera Knightley, and Tom Hollander; there are some wonderful fight sequences; and the story that blends adventure, politics, and drama (despite being a tad too long). Bill Nighy (and the special effects house Industrial Light and Magic) as Davy Jones gives us one of the best villians ever, and Tom Hollander as the trading comapny chairman who holds his leash is subtley creepy, and has an awesome death sequence. In the end it really is the characters that this movie from being plain boring.

This movie also takes a bit more license with things like the laws of physics. Now I know these kind of movies don’t exactly use documentary realism, but some scenes break a couple more rules than we are used to in the series. It doesn’t ruin the experience, in fact if you get into it the right way it adds to the high flying adventure of the movie. But nonetheless it is there.

pirates-of-the-caribbean-at-worlds-end-20070529035829691_640wA word about the tone of this movie. For being aimed at the family dempgraphic, it sure is dark. The opening features a whole row of pirates from age 6 to 60 being hung, a couple more risque jokes, and people dying and being decapitated left right and centre. To call it dark is an understatement. The younger ones would want to stay away.


At World’s End is very good, but theres too much of it. The amount of material covered in this movie could have made two movies easily. Watch it if you can sit that long, and keep your younger kids away.



“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



August 30, 2009 - Posted by | 3.5 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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