Tuesday 18th January 2022

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (12A)
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Following the roaring success of the original Pirates of the Caribbean film, it was no surprise that Bruckheimer would want to cash in with a sequel. In fact, he decided to maximise profits by filming two sequels back to back. Experience tells us this can lead to disaster (cough The Matrix cough). However, despite being a definite in-betweener, POTC2 turned out to be alright. It was too long, but the action was pretty enjoyable and set up the third film nicely.

Chow Yun Fat pauses briefly to summon a halo
Chow Yun Fat pauses briefly to summon a halo

So now that blockbuster season is upon us, we finally get to find out what happens to Captain Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner and whether or not the final film in the trilogy is worth seeing.

As far as I am concerned, POTC3 is most definitely worth seeing. Bruckheimer and Co. have clearly stuck to what makes the series so successful – plenty of action, humour, great stunts, effects, costumes and scenery. The film as a whole is very enjoyable and entertaining and it is very much a case of more of the same, but probably bigger, more expensive and longer.

The special effects in this film are absolutely astonishing and some of the action sequences are very impressive and seem to go on for longer than most. It's important that Pirates keeps its sense of humour too, to break up the action and prevent it from taking itself too seriously.

However, this film suffers the most from the trilogy's biggest flaw: the plot is unclear and confusing. Throughout the film it is a struggle to work out what is motivating each character, what they are trying to achieve and whose side they are on. That can be mostly ignored, because you will be entertained throughout regardless of how well you follow the story, but it really does impact at the end of the film. If you're not sure what all the characters are trying to achieve, it's hard to understand if they were successful or not at the end, which leaves you feeling a little unsatisfied.

At World's End could definitely have been improved with a stronger and clearer storyline, leading to a better pay-off – and it's probably a fair bit too long, but overall, it's still an above average action film with plenty of laughs and great effects.

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Length: 168 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 24th May 2007

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