Saturday, June 2, 2007


Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy, Keith Richards, Stellan Skarsgard, Chow Yun Fat

Cinema 8, SM Megamall

"At the end of the world, the adventure begins."

I watched this film a week ago and all I can recall from its merry twists and turns of a plot is Johnny Depp with his thick kohl eyeliner makeup as Jack Sparrow hallucinating in Davy Jones's locket.

I guess it says something about a movie when despite it being over 2 hours , the only scene which stuck to my mind is a hallucination. Truth be told, I've long forgotten what happened in the second installment (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) of the franchise. So while I was still familiar with the main characters like Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner, Captain Barbossa, Davy Jones, the two goofy pirates (Pintel and Ragetti) and of course, Jack Sparrow, I felt like I myself was abandoned on an island somewhere so I was totally disoriented.

Numerous subplots abound (much like the first 2 films) but the main technique of visually stimulated scenes still held fort. Swashbuckling fight scenes, a wide array of merry characters hopping from one ship to another traveling the high seas, the muted romantic angle between Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner, the comedic dialogue, the good computer generated effects - all contribute to make Pirates 3 a highly entertaining senseless fun movie to watch. At the same time, certain humanely poignant scenes like Will Turner becoming the captain of the Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones returning to his 'human' form give the film some soulful interpretation and doesn't relegate it to some inconsequential frolicking romp at sea.

The much awaited appearance of Keith Richards though was a bit disappointing because it was very brief. It would have been more interesting if they added and developed that side plot more extensively. Chow Yun Fat's character in my opinion didn't contribute anything significant to the plot. He didn't make a dent in the whole shebang. It seemed like a wasted effort on his part. As was customary with the first two Pirates movies, just when you thought that some conflicts were nicely resolved, another conflict arose from the turbulent seas. The film though was cleverly edited in such a way that there is no dull moment and every scene is vital for the fluidity of the film. I like the fact how loose ends finally yet slowly after much dilly dallying got some closure.

So while it was implied that there might be more Pirates films in the offering, I believe this one was a fitting end to the trilogy. Surely Jack Sparrow needs to take a bow and make his graceful exit from the world of the cinema and go back to where he belongs - a character on a Disney theme park ride where he can regale us with his charming presence.


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