CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Pirates of the Carribbean At World's End" swaggers to a conclusion

This past weekend, "Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest" has been playing continuously on some form of television. Instead of reaching a law of diminishing returns, the combination of all three "Pirates of the Carribean" movies have created the law of attraction. There are mythic elements to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies that can be found upon multiple viewings and DVD commentary. "Pirates of the Caribbean" is the new "Star Wars" that is mythicaly earthbound.

"Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End" takes up where "Dead Man's Chest" left off. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) form an unholy alliance with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a former nemesis. This trio must recruit their usual crew of scalawags and sail to World's End to rescue Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), last seen in a losing battle with the giant Kraken. Captain Jack Sparrow is sentenced to Davy Jones' Locker and is slowly going madder than his usual behavior.

Social situations have changed since "Dead Man's Chest." The octopus faced Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) has been delegated to the servitude of the East India Trading Company. Using Davy Jones as a corporate henchman, the East India Trading Company have systematically taken control of the world's shipping
lanes. As the British supported business becomes too big to be managed properly, East India Trading Company turns a blind eye to the actions of a few pirates.

This loose confederacy of Pirates challenge the East India Trading Company in a final showdown. While outnumbered, the Pirates have a secret knowledge of the mythical elements of the seas and use this secret to their advantage.

Screenwriters Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio managed to take a shipwrecked plot and infuse it with memorable cinematic moments. While there are too many special effects laden action sequences and one misses the three way live action sword fight of "Dead Man's Chest," "At World's End" does provide some fine exits for the characters of the trilogy. After viewing nine hours of "Pirates of the Caribbean," one finds fascinating details.  The 5th business characters, such as Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragitti (Mackenzie Crook), are the Shakespearean fools who comment about the storyline and help keep the audience on a even keel. The commentary is much needed in this rambling plot.

Johnny Depp seems to be on the sidelines during much of the movie. Kiera Knightly gets most of the spotlight with more character depth.  Orlando Bloom has now clinched the Summer Box Office Saturday matinée idol award. Despite much publicity and featured billing, Chow Yun-Fat has a minor role as a Singapore Sailor. Geoffrey Rush is a welcome return as Captain Barbossa, a pirate rival turned ally.

With computer enhanced make-up and a Scottish burr, Bill Nighy makes Davy Jones a tragic monster and turns him into a whole being.  Having been demoted from master villain in this new flick,  Davy Jones is a bridled wild creature who senses his end his near without mentioning it.  Davy Jones is easily the most interesting character of the "Pirates" trilogy because of the multiple themes the tragic man represents. "Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End" marks the conclusion of the Walt Disney movie based on a theme park ride. Fans of the first two movies will be surprised and a bit shocked by the narrative plot twists and character turns. Stick around past the credits for an IMPORTANT narrative conclusion; I caught the scene in an empty movie theater. "Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End" is worth a peak at a Saturday Matinée Price, like the other two movies.
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