Pirates 3: At World’s End
This is the BIG one – it has it all: swashbuckling swordfights, mythological beings and tremendous storms, double-crossing (a lot!), love, hate, comedy, tragedy, ships battling it out over a gigantic whirlpool and some serious special effects, like you’ve (really) never sen before!
It is the final (?) installment of the Pirates of the Carribean-franchise and it is worth every penny to watch. I’ll see it again, if only for the visual splendour that it is.
So, okay, CGI can create anything, but this one is different. It is more than just a spectacular feast for the eyes; this is really larger than life stuff. Ships that are rocked to sail upside down, an entire ship full of Jack Sparrows, the massive whirlpool…it all ads up to just a magnificent movie.
But the greatness does not lie only in the visual and sound effects. This one actually has a well-written plot, much more than the second movie, where you only needed to watch certain parts to follow on what’s going on. In this third installment you really need to focus closely on what’s happening at all times (and you better touch up beforehand, so watch Pirates 2 again first). A guy told me to keep a notebook handy to write down who is double-crossing who. Regrettably I failed to follow his advice and almost got completely lost. At some points you just give up and sit back and watch the damn thing!
When the history behind some characters are revealed, the plot thickenss quite heavily. Strings start to get pulled together and in the end everything makes sense… somehow. There is better comedy in this one – they don’t ride on the back of the old jokes like in the second movie – and the “wedding”scene is just hilarious. It is clear that the writers made an effort to improve on the previous two movies, without losing the heart of the story. This is the kind of stuff that fairy tales from now on should be made of. Never before was it this much fun and adventure to be a pirate!
I would be okay if the producers decided to call it quits after At World’s End. It has been a privilege to see Jack Sparrow (Captain! Captain Jack Sparrow!) come to life on screen along with mythological characters such as Davy Jones, Calypso, The Kraken, The Flying Dutchman and Keira Knightley. Yet, if they do decide to continue (there are some stuff about the Fountain of Youth than can possibly be explored) I know that everyone will be there to watch. Drink up me hearties yo ho!