When I saw it the first time, I really wasn't much of a fan. I thought it was too weird and decided not to waste my time watching it again. BUT I talked some sense into myself and popped it back into our DVD player one day last month. AND GUYS. There's no going back now. I am obsessed.
Anyway. On to the review! (There will be an unholy number of exclamation points, caps, and fangirling in this post. You have been warned ;))
In the follow-up to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, we find our heroes Will Turner (Bloom) and Eizabeth Swann (Knightley) allied with Captain Barbossa (Rush) in a desperate quest to free Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) from his mind-bending trap in Davy Jones Locker while the terrifying ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones, under the control of the East India Trading Company, wreaks havoc across the seven seas. (Summary courtesy of Metacritic because I was too lazy to come up with my own.)
This is the third movie in the Pirates saga and, although not my very favorite (that place of honor belongs to The Curse of the Black Pearl) it is still an epic, heart-wrenching adventure. My heart was literally ripped out as I watched this. It's probably the only Pirates movie I've actually cried during. (Seriously, it was embarrassing.) BECAUSE THE ENDING. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about. The Not Okay Thing during the maelstrom battle that made me sob. Not. Cool. But as strange as it sounds, if a movie or book makes me cry, I'm almost guaranteed to like it. I have no clue why that it is, but I just really appreciate it when stories connect with me on such a level that I cry. (In case you haven't noticed, I'm a wee bit strange.)
One of my favorite things about this movie is the witty lines it contains. They are so quotable! I find myself walking around the house (attempting to swagger like Jack yet failing miserably) and saying them all the time. What can I say? I just LOVE a good movie quote!
|(THIS QUOTE. The genius of it is too much for me to handle.)|
|(How did that get here? ;))|
|(Would you look at that, another picture of Will. Strange|
how these keep popping out of nowhere.)
|(Um, adorable much??)|
Okay, okay. Now I'm done ;)
As far as the other characters are concerned, I like Elizabeth (though she can be a bit aggravating at times), and Jack can be okay. I know everyone loves Jack, but he's a bit...odd. You can have too much of Jack, if you know what I mean. He's good when balanced out with sensible characters like Will, but a whole movie about him is a little over the top. (I'm referring to On Stranger Tides, which I haven't seen yet. Will and Elizabeth are notably absent, and Jack takes the spotlight, which I'm not all too crazy about. :P) All that to say, Pirates wouldn't be Pirates without Jack so I s'ppose I like him in a weird sort of way.
There's also a certain gentleman named Commodore Norrington. I'll admit, I never liked him until I saw the movies a second time. He definitely doesn't hold a candle to Will (who does?), but I still like him.
The rest of the cast is quite amusing. (Well, other than the villains. They're just plain creepy.) Gibbs is probably my favorite of Captain Jack's crew. Partly maybe because I'm fascinated with his beard?
|(See? What did I tell you? Fascinating.)|
|(Sure, Jack. Sure.)|
Now let's talk about the music.
It. Is. FANTASTIC. I kid you not, the soundtrack for At World's End is almost on the same level of epic as LotR. It's that good! If you haven't checked it out, DO SO RIGHT NOW. Um...please.
And because I love you so much, here's a sample of the epicness (pssh, autocorrect, of course that's a word) this score contains.
Glorious, isn't it? When I first discovered this soundtrack, I had that track on repeat for weeks. XD
Since this is a review for the Period Drama Challenge (which you can still sign up for right HERE!), I'm going to discuss some of the interesting costumes.
You would think that costumes in pirate films wouldn't be all that varied, but AWE really boasts a unique wardrobe. This is no ordinary pirate movie, and the costumes certainly show that.
There's a weird hat that goes with this, but I prefer the costume without it. The armor is so detailed and intricate.
Here's another one of Elizabeth's oriental costumes. Again, kind of odd, but I like the detail.
Yes, I know I already included this picture. But I had to include it twice just so you could see his amazing costume. (What? Of course that's the only reason. I would never include it just so I could look at another picture of Will. Never.) Isn't that red top wonderful?
|(For the life of me, I couldn't find a better quality picture. Sorry 'bout that.)|
Their uniforms are so colorful and crisp and clean. The tri-corner hats, epaulettes (that is what those shoulder decorations are called, isn't it?), and shiny buttons really give them that characteristic Georgian look.
|(Again, my apologies. It's not the clearest picture.)|
This is actually part of the oriental costume I mentioned above, but you couldn't really see this part all that well. The details, the details...
I feel like there are more costumes I'm forgetting. Ah, well. You'll just have to watch the movie and see for yourself. :)
This review is turning into a monster. But just a few more things I need to address before I release you.
This film is rated PG-13 for a reason. It has a lot of violence, a few curse words, and a couple "sticky scenes." What I mean by "sticky scenes" are when the pirates make Elizabeth remove all her gear except a long shirt, a couple "peeking toms" try to look up at Elizabeth through holes in the floor, and one of the pirates forces a kiss on Elizabeth. (The last one I mentioned is interrupted before anything else happens, fortunately.) The scenes are really short and glossed over. Definitely not as bad as the material most PG-13 films would include, but still something to think about. There are also several other kisses and *MINOR SPOILER* a scene between Will and Elizabeth after they're married when Will is touching Elizabeth's uncovered leg. *END SPOILER* When I put it all down like that, it makes it sound awful. But I promise I wouldn't have watched this movie if it had a lot of sexual scenes.
So definitely not something you'd want to show little kids. There wasn't a whole lot of language, only a couple words that are easily muted. But the biggest thing I would really touch on would be the violence. It wasn't graphic, but there was quite a lot of it. The crew of The Flying Dutchman is also creepy and weird.
All that aside, I do adore this movie. I still think it's weird, but a lot of the strangeness really surrounds Jack. (Surprise, surprise.) It's not everyone's thing (my own family doesn't like it much), but I personally enjoy it extensively. It's hilarious, exciting, fun, and emotional. All good things. (Well, except for the emotional aspect. I was a trainwreck of feels during this movie.)