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May 24, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) --- "Is The End Of World Near? And Is Saving A Loved One Worth Being Separated From Them For 10 Years?"

Plot Summary
After losing Jack Sparrow to the locker of Davy Jones, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan, and Captain Barbossa make their final alliances with the pirate world to take on the forces of Lord Cutler Beckett and his crew, including Davy Jones, who he now has control over. It's not going to be easy, as they must rescue Sparrow, convince all the pirate lords to join them and defeats Beckett, whilst each individual pirate has their own route which they wish to follow. (1) 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     A great film trilogies/series is a rare thing, especially when it has proven to be difficult to carry the same quality throughout the series – Star Wars and Lord of the Rings being rare exceptions. Most trilogies/series have one film that is way below standards – Indiana Jones for example – while some start off on bad note – like Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief (2010). An even bigger rarity is when the third film, in a trilogy, surpasses the previous two. At World's End is up to the standards, if not better, than the original. Now while the beginning of this movie was gloomy, much gloomier audiences could have imagined, it was refreshing to see a Disney movie that did not follow the standards of a Disney movie, filled with rainbows and bunnies. Perhaps one of the most outstanding aspects of the film is that it manages to be both dark and funny; one could even say it is so out of the entire series. I did not laugh as hard in the previous two films as I did in this one. However, I will state that in order for viewers to understand and enjoy this film, they must have a good sense of observation and a small measure of intelligence.
But other than that At World's End was fantastic and while I loved the previous two films, it seems that the Pirates of the Caribbean keeps getting better each new movie – at least this is the case for me.
     Even though some viewers will say otherwise, there is no lack of action in this film.  This is partly due to the fact that this film is nearly 3 hours long and while there is a great deal of action (almost the same amount as the previous two), there is also some more talking-sequences as well as a few slower moments added in.  The action sequences are definitely well constructed, the way they were executed and placed doesn't make any one part appear to be unnecessary – like it did during some scenes of Spiderman 3. The special effects were good, although I feel that the second movie (Dead Ma’s Chest - 2006) delivered more in that area. This time around it feels as if the production team tried to overdo it, mainly in the end battle. The music score (by Hans Zimmer) is what makes or breaks every scene. The action sequences are more thrilling and the taking sequences are greatly uplifted with emotion, and this is all due to the musical score. In addition, Zimmer has actually succeeded in improving the theme song for the movie; delivering a more deep and somber rendition with the promise of a worthwhile adventure of good and bad.
     As always the cast was magnificent again. Johnny Depp (as Jack Sparrow) is great as always, there is no doubt that Jack Sparrow is the best part out of the whole series and in the moments when we were not graced with his presence the supporting cast more than made up for his absences. Geoffrey Rush (as Barbossa) was simply superb and it was a joy to see him back again. Orlando Bloom (as Will Turner) has come a long way since the first film as he delivers a terrific performance, while Keira Knightley (as Elizabeth Swann) carries more of the film this time around as she delivers her best performance to date. Bill Nighy (as Davey Jones) was great again as he executes the character with extreme acuteness, and along with Barbossa, Davey Jones appears to be the most realistic pirate out of the bunch. The rest of the characters were great as well. Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) offered humor even as they executed their characters to perfection. Tom Hollander as Lord Beckett played his part as a mysterious and reserved villain extremely well. And Keith Richards’ (as Captain Teague) cameo, as Sparrow's dad, was both amazing and one of the funniest moments in the film. It was interesting to see father and son display similar mannerisms and at the same time be completely different. I am not sure if it would have been as good if Richards’ used the same drunken Swagger that Sparrow popularized.
     Overall, At World's End is an amazing movie, with swords at the ready as the ending unfolds into a huge eye-opening thriller but it’s not only the ending that makes it a masterpiece of cinematic history, the rest of the film is perfect too. From Jack Sparrow’s one-liners ('Aye men, we must run away!') to the swash-buckling baddie-turned-goodie Barbossa, to the sweet performances of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, who equally take part in carrying the film along. The pace of the film is kept going, which was not the case for Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and this allows for audiences to obtain a better understanding for not only Jack Sparrow but also for all the supporting characters. The settings are stunning, the music is thrilling, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Simply put, At Worlds Ends completes the series with a Yo-Ho and a bottle of rum, and offers a potential for following films.

“Dying is the day worth living for”
- Barbossa

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  4 of 5 stars

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
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Cast & Crew
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Writing Credits:

(Written by) Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio

Music by: Hans Zimmer
Cinematography by: Dariusz Wolski
Film Editing by: Stephen E. Rivkin and Craig Wood
Production Design by: Rick Heinrichs

Produced by 

Jerry Bruckheimer    ---  producer
Eric McLeod               ---  executive producer
Bruce Hendricks        ---  executive producer
Chad Oman                ---  executive producer
Pat Sandston              ---  associate producer
Brigham Taylor          ---  production executive

Jack Kney                   ---  field producer: DVD/EPK
Peter Kohn                  --- associate producer

Mike Stenson             ---  executive producer
Johnny Depp                                  ---      Jack Sparrow

Geoffrey Rush                                ---      Barbossa

Orlando Bloom                              ---      Will Turner

Keira Knightley                              ---      Elizabeth Swann

Jack Davenport                             ---      Norrington

Bill Nighy                                         ---      Davy Jones

Jonathan Pryce                              ---      Governor Weatherby Swann

Lee Arenberg                                 ---      Pintel

Mackenzie Crook                          ---      Ragetti

Kevin McNally                                ---      Gibbs

David Bailie                                    ---      Cotton

Stellan Skarsgård                         ---      Bootstrap Bill

Tom Hollander                              ---      Cutler Beckett

Naomie Harris                             ---      Tia Dalma

Martin Klebba                                ---      Marty

David Schofield                           ---      Mercer

Alex Norton                                    ---      Captain Bellamy

Lauren Maher                                ---      Scarlett

Vanessa Branch                             ---      Giselle

Yun-Fat Chow                                ---      Captain Sao Feng

Keith Richards                               ---      Captain Teague

Ghassan Massoud                         ---      Captain Ammand

Hakeem Kae-Kazim                     ---      Captain Jocard

Dominic Scott Kay                        ---      Young Will Turner

Vanessa Branch                             ---      Giselle

Reggie Lee                                       ---      Tai Huang

Marshall Manesh                          ---      Sumbhajee

Angus Barnett                                ---      Mullroy

Giles New                                        ---      Murtogg

Takayo Fischer                              ---      Mistress Ching

Marcel Iures                                   ---      Capitaine Chevalle
Sergio Calderón                            ---      Captain Vallenuevava

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