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Just when he's needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), that witty and wily charmer of a pirate, is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones' Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack's the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates' way of life. From exotic Singapore to World's End and beyond, from Shipwreck Island to a titanic battle, this adventure's filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humor and seafaring myth and magic. Everything has led to this twisting, turning, wild swashbuckling ride in this final chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.
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Bringing you a review for Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End blu-ray/dvd package, recently I did one for the second film Dead Man's Chest, which as I said in that review, it was amazing and worthy sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean series. This one, being the third installment, I have to say is also excellent, I would have to say right after the Curse of the Black Pearl, it is the fourth best in the series right before the fifth film that recently came out, that happens to be my last favorite of them all, though don't expect a review from me for that, because I have no plans to buy it cuz I'm not exactly a fan of that film.
The plot is really hectic and requires audience members to pay extra close attention if they wish to follow what is going on. A basic summary of the film: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), and the rest of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s crew with the aid of the recently resurrected Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) take a venture to Davy Jones' Locker after passing through Singapore and traveling to the World's End, basically the entrance to the land of the dead to rescue the fallen Captain Sparrow after his grim fate by the Kraken. Each has their own reason for doing so: Barbossa wants Jack back to assemble the legendary Bretheren Court of Pirate Lords with him, Will desires the Black Pearl to free his father Bootstrap Bill from the Dutchman's curse, and Elizabeth couldn't live with herself after she let Jack die at the end of the 2nd film. Afterwards, they all assemble with all the Pirate Lords throughout the sea to determine the fate of all pirates as the new threat of the East India Trading Company, who are in possession of the heart of Davy Jones therefore have control over Jones himself, seek to end Piracy once and for all.
Pirates 3 is a worthy sequel to Dead Man's Chest in in of itself, that is if you don't let the film's habit of throwing in random plot point after the other bother you. Yes, apparently Jack Sparrow and Barbossa are Pirate Lords? Yeah there's a Bretheren Court of pirates apparently. The one scene in the film that is the silliest and most random part is the releasing of the sea goddess Calypso, who is revealed to be Tia Dalma, who is also the lover of Davy Jones. That scene is always weird to see, the way they did it was interesting but silly too. Throughout the film, there are constant deals happening from all sides, betrayals, and it's enough to make somebody wonder is there no end to the conflict. It can really be a tiring process to sit through.
However, the film, just like the rest of them, is still an awesome, fun, swashbuckling adventure with many great action sequences. The highlight has got to be the epic maelstrom final battle with the Black Pearl vs. The Flying Dutchman, the crews of the Pearl and the Dutchman fighting agaisnt one another, Barbossa cackling for his own pleasure at the helm as the battle rages on, Will and Eliabeth of course getting married during the war, which is sweet but unrealistic as it happens. Jack's fight with Davy Jones is a phenomanal duel and final confrontation. The humor is always great and the characters are fun to watch over and over again, particularly all the scenes with Sparrow and Barbossa bickering with one another are the BEST. LET'S face it, those two are the faces of the series.
That's all I really have to say about the film. I give it a five star rating because for what it is, it's amazing. And I'm not too difficult to please when it comes to Pirates of the Caribbean. If you're a fan of the films like me, Shere Khan, you'll enjoy it fully. If not, the minute the Locker scene with Jack Sparrow talking to hundreds of hallucinations of himself comes on, it will cause you to turn the TV off instantly.
The delivery was successful and both the discs look great and work just the way I wanted them too :)
This is it for now. Until next time. Happy shopping!
Let me try to encapsulate the plot: the heroic William Turner, his spirited but estranged beloved Elizabeth Swann, and the recently revived Captain Barbossa attempt to rescue Cap'n Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones's locker, but each has a different motivation. The East India Trading Company, the new power of the seas, is methodically wiping out piracy, and Barbossa requires Sparrow's presence in his endeavor to unite the Brethren Court, which is presided by the Nine Pirate Lords. Jack Sparrow is one such Pirate Lord. William Turner, on the other hand, just wants his father rescued from the Flying Dutchman. Meanwhile, Elizabeth is feeling pangs of guilt for her role in Sparrow's killing, not to mention she's kinda crushing on him. And what of Jack? Why, he fears death more than a bit and longs to live past his alotted time while surrounded by women and rum (but mostly rum). Jack's aversion to mortality is crucial to the story as he sees a way around that dilemma. So, there, the basic summary...
Of course, there's more than that going on here. In fact, one can argue that there's too much going on and the film suffers for it. Among the claptrap of plot excesses are Jack's hallucinatory stages, an imprisoned sea goddess, the machinations of the sneerily prim Lord Cutler Beckett and of the Singapore pirate Sao Feng, the angst of the squidy Davy Jones, a magical map, a compass, and nine pieces of eights. And let's not forget the monkey, who provides its own share of giggles.
It's a large cast, so it cant be helped that several supporting characters are shoved off to the side. To wit, Norrington's subplot (remember him?) is arbitrarily wrapped up in a few scenes. Elizabeth's dad is dealt with even more dismissively. Meanwhile, I guess the filmmakers felt that the return of the two dim and argumentative Brit soldiers from the first film would result in raking in even more box office nuggets. There's a lot of story arcs piling up here, and the movie tries to do right by them. It actually surprises me that it succeeds as much as it does. It can't be helped, I suppose, that the sheer density of the many plots, as well as the befuddling miasma of secret pacts, betrayals, and just plain sneaky underhandedness, threatens to capsize this ship during much of the film's middle acts. Certainly, there were points which left me at a loss and feeling not fully caught up on things. By the way, the much ballyhooed appearance by Keith Richards (whose mannerisms influenced Depp's daffy portrayal of Jack) is nothing more than 5 minutes worth of cameo time.
The nitty gritty of it all is this: does the film do enough to entertain? Unequivocally, yes. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END is a massive undertaking, a BIG summer blockbuster with a lot of expectations. Very true, it does bog down in the middle and tends to mire its viewers in confusion. And there's so much going on that it becomes a challenge to digest everything. But, you know what? The sense of fun and the sheer exuberance felt in this picture remain intact and pervasive, and are bolstered by the witty and sly acting turns, the broad and clever comedy, the seamlessness of the special effects, the dynamic action sequences, and the good naturedness in the midst of its dark heart, qualities all combining to truimph over the twin blights of commercialism and big budget sequel-itis. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END is a fitting capper to this series, except that I don't believe for one second that this is the last we've seen of Cap'n Jack Sparrow and company. The open-ended nature of the film just begs for another installment. We'll be drinking more rum yet, mark me words.
Always great effects and acting. Very well thought out story line.