Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End be an incomprehensible action packed addition to the franchise, says I. With an unbelievably long 2 hour & 49 minute runtime, At World’s End really should have been the epic conclusion it was trying to be. Instead it’s somehow more complex than Dead Man’s Chest with a slow building story that incorporates endless subplots from a giant ensemble cast. One that I’ll explain to the best of my ability.
It’s quite apparent that Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End were filmed back-to-back. Davy Jones is still the main villain, but the incredibly dull Lord Beckett takes command after Norrington brought him his heart. Beckett is so evil that he’ll even hang children for piracy (a Disney movie). Geoffrey Rush is back in full swing as a more heroic Captain Barbossa. Along with Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom who are still dragging out Will and Elizabeth’s love story with misunderstandings. Will is still concerned for his father and Elizabeth gradually becomes more of a confidant pirate.
After a trip to Singapore involving Captain Sao Feng, a crew consisting of Captain Barbossa, Gibbs, pristest Tia Dalma, Pintel, Rigatti, Jack the monkey, Will, Elizabeth, and a Chinese crew all plunge their boat over the titular World’s End. It’s there in Davy Jones’ Locker that Johnny Depp officially turns Captain Jack Sparrow into a cartoon character. He sees multiple versions of himself on the Black Pearl as well as thousands of rock crabs. 1 hour and a bizarre series of circumstances later, the crew finally frees Jack after capsizing their boat.
From there the overly complicated plot includes: a Brethren Court of nine pirate lords, Elizabeth becoming a lord then Pirate King, Tia Dalma being both the former lover of Davy Jones and the sea goddess Calypso, and Will gaining control of the Flying Dutchman after stabbing Davy Jones heart. Keith Richards even plays Jack’s father (of which Depp was inspired by). Despite the runtime, the swashbuckling action is a bit scarce. Until the exhilarating climax which pits all the pirates against each other. Where Jack and Davy Jones sword fight on a precarious mast and Barbossa marries Will and Elizabeth in the most badass wedding ever. Although tragic, they do go on to have a post-credits son. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is exciting, but they really should have stopped here. “Savvy.”