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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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Every summer it seems that there’s one mega-budget studio movie that just goes bust-o. This summer I’d wager that flop is going to be the new Fantastic Four movie, but in 2003 I was fairly certain that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was going nowhere. After all, it was based on a freaking Disneyland ride, it had no really big stars (Johnny Depp was considered more a fine actor than a guy who could open a movie), its director was relatively unproven (The Ring was scary, The Mexican was too, but in a different way) and it was about pirates for crying out loud. Who cared about pirates? Apparently, only millions and millions and millions of people. Pirates was the breakout hit of the summer and we now live in a Pirates world.

Which brings us to the end or, more specifically, the World’s End. When last we left Miss Swann (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Turner (Orlando Bloom) in Dead Man’s Chest, they had just enlisted the aid of the cruel and camp Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) in an effort to save the even more camp Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) from the prison of Davy Jones locker. At World’s End opens in Singapore, where our heroes are trying to obtain a crew, a ship and, most importantly, a secret map from one of the Pirate Lords, Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Of course, things do not go as planned. They never do in the Pirates universe. One could almost use those words as a gloss for the entire plot of every Pirates movie (Okay, so they do this so they can get this so they can do this. Cool, then what happens? Well…things do not go as planned. Really?!).