The East India Company are executing anyone suspected of involvment in piracy, including children.
When one such child starts to sing “never shall we die!” before his execution it starts a process to call the Brethren Court together. Now the pirate court must fight to save their way of life.
All of the pirate lords must agree to the course of action proposed. All of them.
One tiny hitch. Jack Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords and he’s dead.
A frantic race to find a way to reach and retrieve Jack (Johnny Depp) from his personal afterlife within Davy Jones Locker.
First stop is to get a map that will lead them to the locker.
Whilst bringing on board various pirates, like Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) and, eventually, rescuing Jack (modtly from himself) the combined forces of the World’s pirate fleets must battle the full might of the East India Company.
Led by Beckett (Tom Hollander), the East India Company has a new and particularly powerful flagship, the Flying Dutchman. With Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) against them the pirates strategy is daring and risky.
A fine and thrilling end to the trilogy. More marvelous effects work and an almost ceaseless series of actions sequences take you on a ride through to the End of The World (sic) and beyond. Even back again.
There are some decent tugs on the heart strings in this movie too, mostly left to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Will (Orlando Bloom). The scenes between Calypso (Naomi Harris) and Davy are equally touching in their own way.
Johnny Depp is really, really given a strong scene with Jack’s personal afterlife. The way the Locker plays out for Jack is superb, imaginative stuff. That one scent alone is worth watching this movie for. It is that good.
As the movie decends into its final, inevitable crescendo the acting and script sometimes loses a little coherency but that is being picky and though it is the weakest of the three it would have been a worthy movie without the other two. Perhaps there is too much here for a movie less than 3 hours long?
I love all three, and the characters of Jack Sparrow, Mr Gibbs, Barbossa, Davy Jones and “Bootstrap” Bill deserve to be more than footnotes in cinema history.
Things to look out for: “never shall we die!“, multiple Jacks, poignant shot of Elizabeth in her drenched wedding dress, peanut, an unlikely Pirate King, “Four of you tried to kill me in the past, one of you succeeded“, Jack Sparrow’s dad, “It’s called Shipwreck Island where lie Shipwreck Cove in the town of Shipwreck“, Will’s sacrifice/redemption, crabs, “I hate him!“, entering the Locker, Calypso, “Belay that ‘belay that’“, action sequence in Singapore, locked mast heads,
Cast: Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Geoffrey Rush, Stellan Skasgård, Chow Yun-Fat, Kevin McNally, Jack Davenport, Giles New, Angus Barnett, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook
Rating: good adventure movie with some nice touches and wonderful effects, highly recommended