The culmination of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series was originally supposed to be in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, as many Fresno and worldwide audiences expected. However impossible it was to imagine a worse pirate movie than Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, this unlikelihood is realized in this third Pirates of the Caribbean film. The pirates’ antics are so completely obvious by now that there is only a slight increase of double-crossing deals, intricate mysteries, and supernatural incidents that span two hours of the most unsatisfactory naval battle scenes ever filmed. Elizabeth Swann leaves the remnants of her old character behind by becoming a true pirate and leader, while Will Turner continually switches sides until he collapses at the end—literally. Familiar enemies are defeated, new territory is won, but there is no “happily ever after” ending—of all three movies, At World’s End is the most unpredictable and has the most macabre with its plot’s contradictions and twists pouring out of the screen.
A lot of the main characters are killed off, but Captain Jack Sparrow’s bizarre way of thinking while acting manages to keep him alive the second time regardless of whatever confusion he lands in, feet first. The whole concept of immortality and deities in At World’s End is bewildering, to say the least. Ancient goddesses come to life, magic of the darkest kind resurfaces, and zombies do exist. The filmmakers never made clear what boundaries of the supernatural they were enclosed by in their storytelling, and this lack of definition impedes the film from giving a clear picture of how the tale is developing. The acting is poorer in this film than the previous two, and it is a real task for a viewer to make it to the film’s end credits. It stands to be seen that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is not memorable at all as a Disney film or a pirate film. Its melodramatic finish and implied continuation of a dying genre proves that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was probably the best of the trilogy, despite that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is trying to miserably prolong the series’ popularity.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc wherever movies are sold in Fresno and online; it also can be rented for free from local libraries.