At World's End
Now that I've had some time to process, I'll post. ...not that anyone on my flist has seen it yet, but STILL.
I can see the point that some people make about the plot being sort of confusing, but I didn't think it was, especially. You have Will, who wants to save his father and, in the end, chooses Elizabeth (sort of.)
Deals that Are Made
Captain Jack Sparrow makes a deal with Cutler Beckett to lead him to Shipwreck Cove, in exchange for which he goes free at least (I forget whether the Pearl was included, but I'd assume so.) He keeps his side up, Beckett does not.
Will talks to Sao Feng and promises to get him a deal with Cutler Beckett, in return for which Will gets the Pearl. Will keeps up his end, Sao Feng does not.
Sao Feng arranges to give Cutler Beckett, hm, Jack, the rest of the crew, and a route to Shipwreck Cove. Sao Feng honors his side, Beckett doesn't. SHOCK.
Will makes a deal with Cutler Beckett to take him and Davy Jones to Shipwreck Cove. All of this is in an effort to get his father free, though I'm not sure what he was promised. Curious.
Cutler Beckett makes a deal with Davy Jones that he will shoot the fuck out of his heart if Davy Jones screws around. This works well, until, you know, it doesn't any longer.
Things I really, really liked: The opening scene, with the song, was haunting. All the imagery, all the way through was just lovely in so many ways. Costumes, ships, the BATTLES. What's amazing about this movie is that I couldn't stand most of the Elizabeth/Will stuff and I found myself really liking it in this film, even before the ending.
I felt bad for Norrington, I'll add. I suppose one could argue that he's the one person who compromised his values and therefore the one person of the main-ish cast to bite it permanently, but...well. Norrington chose ambition over honor, violating his own code of ethics, so it's an interesting sort of symbolism, there. Note Calypso - she breaks her word, but she is not one who is really expected to keep it. (Also note that Barbossa is a surprisingly honorable pirate.) Not that Norrington is by any means the only one to die, or even the only named one to die, but still.
Downsides...someone mentioned the multiple Jacks thing, and...I sort of agree it got tiring after a while. Like, after he was out of Davy Jones' locker. Hm. What else. I actually liked almost everything, though it felt like there was both too much and too little plot. Not that this detracts from enjoyment, but I'm not even sure how they managed it, other than possibly going, "AND THIS WILL MAKE IT EVEN COOLER" and not stopping to think.
The ending...the ending made me feel happy and sad. And hopeful. Because you think the age of pirates is at an end - after all, Calypso is free to wreak havoc on them (and she's said she would) and the East India Trading Company is strong, even if their leader is dead. And yet there's Jack Sparrow, sailing off, and Barbossa. And mini!Will.
Overall: Awesome entertainment A++ would go see
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