27 July 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End 2007
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Based on book: No.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris, Keith Richards
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Geoffrey Rush – Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4, The King’s Speech, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Intolerable Cruelty, Ned Kelly, The Banger Sisters, Frida, Lantana, Shakespeare in Love, Les Miserables, Shine, Twelfth Night
    • Orlando Bloom – Extras, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Lord of the Rings et al, Ned Kelly
    • Kiera Knightly – Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean (the others), Love Actually
    • Jack Davenport – the other Pirates, The Boat that Rocked, The Libertine
    • Jonathan Pryce – Cranford, The Brothers Grimm, Very Annie Mary, Evita, Glengarry  Glen Ross, Brazil, Timon of Athens, Voyage of the Damned
    • Mackenzie Crook – Merlin (Cedric, Season 2:1), The Brothers Grimm, Finding Neverland, The Merchant of Venice
    • Bill Nighy - Hotel Marigold, Love Actually, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part One, The Girl in the Café, The Boat that Rocked, Shaun of the Dead
    • Stellan Skarsgård - Thor, Mamma Mia, The Glass House, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Amistad, Breaking the Waves, Den enfaldige mördaren
    • Tom Hollander - Hanna, The Soloist, In the Loop, Valkyrie, The Libertine, Elizabeth the Golden Age, A Good Year, The Darwin Awards, A Mother’s Son
    • Naomie Harris – Tristram Shandy, Twenty-Eight Days Later, White Teeth
  • Why? JD. 33nd in JD marathon
  • Seen:  Once before. Now: July 18, 2014
Double-crossing and triple crossing. I think this is going to be a film in which we don’t know who to trust.  It seems we can’t even trust Will Turner! And Will can’t trust Elizabeth.  And Captain Jack Sparrow can’t trust his sanity.
There’s a bit of grandeur and sadness in this one. Jack is brought back from the dead to a world where he no longer belongs. The British army and the East India Company are in the process of wiping out pirates, piracy and the freedom of the seas. Will and Elizabeth are having relationship problems and we discover that Davy Jones’s beloved is Calypso the goddess, who is none other than Tia Dalma.
The excitement is in the summoning of the Brethren Court of Pirates, in the chase to get there, and the many twists and turns along the way.  There’s more story here but that entails more confusion. But as before, what does it matter? There are some good laughs, actual drama, development of character and relationships and wonderful visual effects.  And the music is still great.
Could it be? A Pirates with a bit of substance? Most critics, it seems, would disagree, but I believe so. I do believe so.

4 * of 5

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