Thursday, May 31, 2007

Review of 'Pirates of the Caribbean-3: At World's End'

First it was Spiderman-3, then Shrek-3 and yesterday I watched Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates of the Caribbean-3: At World’s End (POC-3). POC-3 would be the third sequel in a row as this summer ends. The movie is releasing in India tomorrow.

I think it is a one time watch definitely if you have watched POC 1 & 2. It is a movie that isn't making a political statement and that’s good enough for me.

In the current sequel it is a dark time as the age of Piracy nears to a close. The sequel picks up from where the record-breaking 2006 smash hit left off, with our heroes Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones' locker, thanks to his encounter with the monstrous Kraken. With the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, and its commander Davy Jones under the control of the East India Trading Company, there is havoc on the Seven Seas. Navigating through treachery, betrayal and wild waters, the heroic trio must forge their way to exotic Singapore and confront the cunning Pirate Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Now headed beyond the very ends of the earth, each must ultimately choose a side in a final titanic battle – as not only their lives and fortunes, but the entire future of the freedom-loving Pirate way hangs in the balance.

Three hours long compared to the first two, the film is mildly diverting and is anchored by the scenery chewing performances of Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. While Depp's Captain Jack chatter is starting to wear thin - Depp still puts a lot of gusto in the role and is never anything less than entertaining. He is a pleasure to watch as always.

Captain Barbosa is also great to watch - just like in the first film. Keira Knightley - who's role has been considerably beefed up in this sequel looks great and acquits herself nicely- while Orlando Bloom takes a back seat this time out and doesn't really figure into the plot until the last act.

Naturally, the ending of the film leaves open the possibility of another sequel. Another 'Pirates' seems inevitable- but next time it would be nice if the film-makers don't take two 3 hour films to tell a story which could have been told in one.

Now for some facts and figures on the film:

While internationally the critics have ripped the movie and not said too many good words about this final voyage of Captain Jack Sparrow, it is a film that has already raked in a boatload of cash (pun intended). The film has landed in the global box office record books and laid claim to the biggest opening in the industry history, with an unprecedented moolah of $401 million in its first six days of release and in the process created a new industry record. This figure surpasses, the previous record of $382 million set by the six day opening of ‘Spiderman 3’ earlier this year. ‘Pirates’ continues to please audiences around the world with exceptionally strong exit polls.

In India , the film is releasing with more than 300 prints in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.

(Read more stuff by her on and - Ed)


Entropy said...

Hi Anusha,
I thought Pirates - 2 was just awwwwfullll. the only nice part was when jack and the rest of his ship are captured by that strange tribe that wants to boil them in oil - and even that wasn't too great. the entire underwater part was yuckkyyy.
nevertheless, am definitely going to watch pirates-3, because jack sparrow is well... Captain Jack.

Life's Like That said...

You are right about POC 2 and the yukky scenes in there. For that 3 I felt was quite mild.