Sunday, May 27, 2007

Pirates of theCaribbean: At World's End

The third chapter in the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is hopelessly trapped in Davy Jones' Locker after a harrowing encounter with the dreaded Kracken, and now Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly) must align themselves with the nefarious Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) if they hold out any hope of saving their old friend from a fate worse than death. The East India TradingDirector Gore Verbinski and the crew set sail once again for this, Company and it's fearsome leader Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollnader) have taken control of the ghostly Flying Dutchman and it's Captain Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), and now the baleful Admiral Norrington (Jack Davenport) has taken the helm in a relentless bid to destroy every pirate ship in his path and bring the Age of Piracy to a violent close. Meanwhile, Will, Elizabeth, and Captain Barbossa navigate treacherous waters and face bitter betrayal as they set sail to gather the only army that can stand up to Beckett - The Nine Lords of the Brethren Court. But Captain Jack Sparrow is one of the Lords, and as long as he's stuck in Davy Jones' locker Beckett and his nefarious armada are sure to emerge victorious. There's still hope, however, if the heroic team that includes Tia Dalma (Naome Harris), Pintel (Lee Arenberg, and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) can reach exotic Singapore and convince vulpine Chinese pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) to provide them with charts and a ship. But even the powerful Brethren Court may need a bit of help from volatile sea goddess Calypso in order to weather the coming storm. With the entire future of the pirate way at stake, everyone will be forced to choose sides while drifting precariously to the edge of the Earth for one final, spectacular battle.

This is another example of a great Summer movie. Fun, funny, lots of action and very immersive. If you're a fan of the franchise, at a running time of almost three hours, it's extremely easy to submerge yourself in the storyline and not notice the passage of time. However, I could see where the average movie patron might find this film a little long after being "pirated-out" from watching the first two over and over and being subjected to the constant marketing barrage. I was lucky in that respect since I had only just watched the second movie (Dead Man's Chest) on Friday night. I had seen the first movie (Curse of the Black Pearl) a few times and really enjoyed it, however, I never got around to watching the second. I had actually purchased the DVD when it was released and simply never got to it and then, after enough time had passed, I decided to wait and watch it before seeing the third film. As luck (or marketing) would have it, the first two movies were released in high definition, this week, so my first first viewing of the second movie was in hi def and I was simply blown away. I finished the movie about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and was in the theater for the new film at 10:00 a.m which, from my perspective, seemed like a single story in a single film with an intermission in the middle. Seeing the movies in that manner may be why I enjoyed them as much as I did and it may also be that I merely enjoy long movies providing the story is somewhat decent and can keep my attention. Other people may not have the attention span that I do.

Another positive aspect is, in my opinion, is that the "look" of the movies continues to improve with each film. In certain areas where the action may have been lacking, the surroundings more than made up for it. This is definitely one of those movies that require an additional viewing simply to "see" everything including the nuances of the acting, primarily, but by no means limited to, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom. All three of the main characters actually evolve as the story progresses and it's easy to look back and remember how they started out in the first film and very satisfying to see how they end up by the end of the third.

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