Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Johnny Depp’s swaggering portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow has parlayed a Disney amusement park ride into a top grossing movie franchise and contributed to a plundering rise in the sale of buccaneer merchandise. The popularity of Pirates even proved captivating enough to lure iconic rocker Keith Richards onto the screen for a minor role as Sparrow’s swashbuckling father. But at nearly three hours long, this bloated sea tale drags on and on, leaving some viewers feeling like they’ve been to the end of the earth and back.
Similar to it’s predecessors, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is jammed with action, frequent and often graphic swordplay, impaling, and aggressive ammunition exchanges between the pirates and the British Navy who, at present, have the upper hand in the war to control the waterways. Secured in a chest on Lord Cutler Beckett’s (Tom Hollander) ship is the beating heart of Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). With that organ under lock and key, the tentacled captain and his cursed crew are obliged to help Beckett obliterate every other pirate on the ocean.
To combat the English tyrant, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) form a provisional and uneasy pact. Forced to confront Beckett and the East Indian Trading Company’s exploitation of the seaways, they rally the elusive and eccentric Pirate Lords from around the world, as well as the unlucky Jack Sparrow who has been deigned to the realm of the dead by a dishonorable deed. (Fortunately in this film, coming back from the dead is not an impossible option.)
After a precarious plunge over the edge of the world, the trio and their shipmates rescue Jack and reinstate him as captain of his craft. However, he isn’t the only victim of treachery and deceit. Unscrupulous behavior runs rampant on the boats like a bad case of scurvy. While intentions are often good, the methods for achieving the ends aren’t always as noble.
Aimed at an older audience, the film delivers feisty characters and plenty of visual activity including stormy ocean battles and sailors who morph into sea creatures or barnacled parts of a ship. Unfortunately the multiple storylines are so intertwined it’s difficult to know what character is on which side. Still, Sparrow’s less frequent use of alcohol and the lack of smoking is an improvement over the last script that families will appreciate. As well, Will’s desire to fulfill his promise to his father, along with some redemptive actions by others, keeps this privateer adventure afloat—even if only barely above the waterline.
Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. Theatrical release May 24, 2007. Updated September 1, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End
Rating & Content Info
Why is Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End rated PG-13? Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of action/adventure violence and some frightening images.
Swordplay, guns and cannons permeate the screen in this swashbuckling adventure, making violence the greatest concern for parents who are trying to decide if their child is ready for this high seas adventure. Many characters are shot, with some blood shown (including gunshots to the head). Multiple characters are impaled with swords (this includes depictions of blades penetrating their bodies and protruding out the other side). Other violence ranges from one-on-one fisticuffs to grand encounters between ships. The later results in cannons blasting and dozens of secondary characters being killed and tossed into the sea. An opening scene shows the hanging of many people who oppose the government (although the actual point of death is not shown, piles of bodies are loaded on carts and taken away). Sexual content is limited to a few low-cut dresses and a married couple’s implied encounter. Language consists of a couple of mild expletives and name-calling. Alcohol use is limited to only two short scenes in this episode.
Page last updated September 1, 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End Parents' Guide
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The most recent home video release of Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End movie is December 3, 2007. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 4 December 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End sails onto DVD in a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition. Additional stowage on the voyage includes bloopers, a filmmaker’s audio commentary, and three featurettes: Crew Confidential, Keith & the Captain, and Inside the Brethren Court. On board as well is a short film (Tales of the Code: Welocked), which was created exclusively for the home entertainment release. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English and Spanish), with subtitles in Spanish.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is also available in a Blu-ray version.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is also part of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Four-Pack Collection, which releases to home video on October 18, 2011.
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The adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his hearty band of pirates begin in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, then continue in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Orlando Bloom who plays Will Turner also stars as an elf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.