Adapting the famous Disney Parks ride “Pirates of the Caribbean” into a movie was one of the brainy movements of previous Disney CEO Michael Eisner. For many, it was the latest in a long string of bad decisions. Direct to video sequels to classic movies started the list and adaptations of Pirates, The Haunted Mansion, and Country Bear Jamboree was towards the bottom. Two of those adaptations proved fans right (you don’t exactly see people clamoring for more Bears or another Eddie Murphy jaunte through Gracey Manor). The third blew us out of the water for one main reason: Captain Jack Sparrow.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jack Sparrow never should have worked. Every time I watch that first film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl I’m reminded of how far fetched Johnny Depp’s Glam-Pirate character is. Prancing around with mascara and a definitely feminine side, the character broke the mold for pirates. This wasn’t the rough and tumble type everyone expected. It was, however, exactly what Disney needed for success.
Let’s face it – without Sparrow there wouldn’t be much of a franchise. We’ve all seen Orlando Bloom swing a sword to varying levels of success. Keira Knightly had long since proven she was anything but the damsel in distress prior to the role of Elizabeth Swan. There was nothing original about either of the other leads, but Captain Jack Sparrow – the worst pirate anyone had ever heard of (but at least we had heard of) was what we wanted more of. Disney, of course, was more than happy to acquiesce to our request – that means yes – more movies were forthcoming.
Dead Man’s Chest, the second film in the franchise, let some fans down. Instead of continuing the swashbuckling adventures of the first film, the movie expanded on the mythos of Disney’s pirate world, but with a warning: the time for pirates is coming to an end, dooming characters like Jack Sparrow. Of course, nobody seems to have told Jack, leading to another grand adventure. Personally, I found the sequel as exhilarating as the first movie, albeit a tad bit slower, although I know I wasn’t in the majority.
Already word is coming that, while Sparrow is still the draw for the franchise, he isn’t completely the character to see in the newly arrived At World’s End - that’s relatively understandable since the character was meeting a grisly and untimely death the last time we saw him (no matter how heroic it looked on screen, being eaten by a giant beasty should qualify as a grisly death). Much like the character’s beloved ship, the Black Pearl, it would appear Jack’s screen time might be stolen out from him by his own former first mate.
Adventure on the high seas awaits and, assuming At World’s End performs admirably, this may not be the last we see of Disney’s pirates or Captain Jack Sparrow. The film does have a new record to take on however: the previous weekend record held by Dead Man’s Chest was just broken a few weeks ago by that pesky web slinger. Does Jack and the rest of his crew have what it takes to regain the upper hand? Let’s just say they’ll use every tool at their disposal, including an earlier “sneak preview” slot on Thursday and a holiday weekend to try. Unfair? Pirate!
Grab your sword and liar’s dice and climb aboard for another adventure with Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Here’s our complete guide to everything you’ll need to set your course for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End:
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Reviewed
"Big personalities rule these seven seas, and the biggest of those personalities is of course Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. But At World’s End proves that while his place in piracy may be the biggest, it’s not necessarily the most important. Pirates 3 is better than Pirates 2 for one, very good reason: Forget Captain Jack, Captain Barbossa is back!"
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Discuss It! - See the movie and then discuss it with other moviegoers here.
Bowling for Box Office - At World's End Edition! - Give your predictions of how well the third Pirates flick will fare at the box office.
At World's End Image Gallery - Check out our gallery of charismatic pirates from the film.
At World's End Videos - See Pirates plunder, swashbuckle, and tease the film in our gallery of moving images from the film.
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