Fans of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, “Finding Neverland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) and his cohorts will not be disappointed. While “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” has a different tone than its predecessors, it is still the perfect conclusion to the trilogy.
This film picks up right where the last one left off, which should come as no surprise after the cliffhanger ending of the last film. Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander, “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Libertine”) is set to rule the Caribbean with tyranny, death and injustice thanks to his new control over the heart of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy, “Love Actually,” “Underworld”). It is up to our stalwart heroes to stop him and save all the world’s pirates from extinction.
Depp’s brilliant acting skills are put to the test as the audience is given more Jack than they can handle. His character is what makes this franchise thrive, after all. There is even a very clever and amusing cameo by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, often reported as Depp’s inspiration for Sparrow, as Jack’s dad.
This is not to belittle the other performances turned in by the rest of the cast. All of our favorite characters return, and do an excellent job of keeping true to their original molds while pushing the characters to grow within the frame of the story. Most notable are the performances given by Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Bend it Like Beckham”) and Geoffrey Rush (“Shine,” “Shakespeare in Love”).
And all of our favorite bit character duos are back again to help finish up the storyline too, such as Pintel (Lee Arenberg, “Natural Selection”) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook, “The Brothers Grimm”), Giselle (Vanessa Branch, “Dreaming Reality”) and Scarlett (Lauren Maher, “Seafood Heaven”), and Mullroy (Angus Barnett, “Calendar Girls”) and Murtogg (Giles New, “My Family”).
Yet while the fun-loving sense of humor is still woven throughout the story, this film is unique in the trilogy because of its tone. The music is twangy and disturbing throughout a majority of the film, the plot is chaotic as it throws so much at the audience in its efforts to bring closure, and some of the scenes are downright surreal.
Once the audience can get past the initial shock of such differences, the film is quite enjoyable. If for no other reason, it’s fun just to see the jaw-dropping cinematography and amazing special effects. This film expanded these fields to heights previously unseen.
Thanks to the writing skills of Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, this film is able to once again develop and explore the universe these characters inhabit. And despite the predictable conclusions everyone knows are coming, the ending still manages to throw a few surprises (not all of them happy) at the viewer.
There is even a surprise clip at the end of the film hidden after the credits that hints at a happier ending for some of the characters.
Although rumors of a fourth movie are currently being denied, this film certainly left room at the end for a sequel or perhaps a spin off.
At almost three hours long, the movie has such a quick pace that the audience is never bored and hardly notices the length. Overall the film is a great romp and well worth the cost of admission.