(2007) The final, nearly three-hour-long installment of - an acerbic critic called it "At Wit's End" - Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Buckheimer's trilogy, based on an amusement-park ride. If you've seen the first two episodes, you might as well watch the conclusion, and it's worth seeing.
When last we saw Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), he was being swallowed up by a monstrous maw … But if you don't remember how the middle episode ended, or what occurred in both of the previous movies, you won't get any help as this film opens.
The British East India Company in Singapore has suspended many citizen rights, including habeas corpus, assembly, and trial by jury. The British authorities under the rule of Lord Beckett are hanging people en masse, including women and children, for breaking the laws; the condemned, following a child's lead, begin singing the pirates' song.
Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Capt Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), the latter recently returned from the nonliving, appear among the Chinese and in the presence of pirate lord Sao Feng (Yun-Fat Chow), who has captured Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) attempting to steal navigational charts with a route to the Farthest Gate. The fourth Brethren Court is to convene, bringing together the nine pirate lords with their nine pieces of eight, one of which disappeared with Jack Sparrow into Davy Jones' Locker. Suddenly the British soldiers break into Sao Feng's hideout, resulting in lots of fighting and explosions.
In need of finding the Black Pearl, Will (with an ulterior motive to find and free his father) is given a Chinese crew, a ship, and charts to bring back the needed piece of eight. Onboard in the quest are Elizabeth and Capt Barbossa, who tells Will that getting to the land of the dead isn't the challenge - it's (as he ought to know) getting back.
Elsewhere Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) of the tentacle face has become hostage to Lord Beckett, who has possession of the small chest containing Davy's beating heart.
In a wondrously surreal scene, Jack Sparrow on the Black Pearl commands a crew of Jack Sparrows. He abandons the ship - "I wash my hands of this weirdness" - stuck in a white landscape and attempts to drag it with a rope; white rocks begin cracking open into crabs that swarm under the ship, moving it forward, until Jack and the ship reach the shore where the rescuers find him. Eventually everything must turn topsy-turvy.
Quiz: Into which human female form has the goddess Calypso been bound by the first Brethren Court? Who was her inamorato a decade earlier? Where does the Brethren Court meet? What's the meaning of the nine pieces of eight? How does Elizabeth become the leader of the Brethren Court? What does she decree? Toward what does the magical compass point? What's the name of Davy Jones' ship? What curse awaits anyone who puts an end to Davy Jones' heart? Who was responsible for Capt Barbossa's demise? Who sent Jack to Davy Jones' Locker? What does a green flash at sunrise indicate?
Will Turner faces a particularly baffling dilemma: If he chooses to save his father, he must perforce lose Elizabeth. How is this resolved? But most importantly, as one character asks about Jack (and we as an audience might query as well of the screenwriter): "Do you think he plans it all out, or just makes it up as he goes?" Nonetheless, for the producers as for Lord Beckett: "It's good business."
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