“Aye, we’re good and lost now.”
“For sure, you have to be lost to find a place that can’t be found, elseways everyone would know where it was!”
– Captain Barbossa and Elizabeth Swann
I realize I’m currently breaking several golden rules in the Sacred Tome of the Typed Word (okay, that might not exist, but I can dream). For one thing, I’m covering the same topic—movie reviews—for the third time in a row. A huge no-no if I want to keep people interested.
Also, I’m talking about a movie that came out five years ago (though it only feels like one or two) and most people have probably forgotten about it by now. I’m here tonight to tell you that I myself haven’t.
As a general warning, this review does contain spoilers. If you haven’t seen this film, I’d recommend doing so before reading this.
So. I was introduced to the Pirates series a bit out of order, having seen the second movie at a friend’s party in December 2006, then the first one a few months later, then the third in theaters later in July 2007.
At the time, it was one of my top movies of all time and is still my favorite of 2007. Looking back, I’m willing to argue that Curse of the Black Pearl is the best one because of its acting and “classic” script, but the third one is by far the most dynamic.
The plot: Jack Sparrow is dead, and Elizabeth is headed with Will Turner, a resurrected Captain Barbossa, and their other pirate friends to find a ship and crew to take them to the edge of the world, where they hope to find Jack in the land of the dead. After rescuing him, they all intend to unite at Shipwreck Cove and release the sea goddess Calypso to defeat Davy Jones, Lord Beckett and the East India Trading Company once and for all.
Bit of a loaded plot, right?
The execution is rapid-fire. There are betrayals, twists, turns, and deaths following each other like an epic conga line. My most shocking moment (the gasp part, if you will) is when Bootstrap Bill kills Norrington. Maybe it’s just because I was thirteen at the time of seeing it, but weaving two minor characters together with such strong emotions seemed like a brilliant addition to the story. It showed that the writers really put thought into the plot, and the characters, as opposed to the abysmal debacle that was On Stranger Tides (which I refuse to review on sheer principle).
What did I absolutely love?
The music. The acting. The story line. The witty dialogue (“Shoot him!” “Cut out his tongue!” “Shoot him and cut out his tongue then shoot his tongue!”)
Probably the part I most re-watch is the scene when Calypso is sitting in her cell, and Davy Jones comes to visit her. When she touches his face, and he turns human, all while the haunting melody of his music box plays…I still find it mesmerizing.
And of course, we can’t forget the maelstrom battle at the end. The ships sailing into the storm is a breathtaking moment, and easily the best finale of the three movies.
Also, the production team does a remarkable job of making sure all loose ends are trimmed. All the characters are fully developed, sitting easily in their final places. The story crew pulls that off perfectly, which is why the fourth movie makes me so angry.
In conclusion: Full of re-watching value, this movie is and will always be one of my personal classics. It isn’t the end of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, but between the acting, effects, plot and music, it should have been. Oh, how it should have been.
Rate: 8 out of 10.