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Movie Flick – Pirates of the Caribbean 3

[Barbossa is giving orders and Jack repeats the order]

Barbossa: What are you doin’?

Jack Sparrow: What are *you* doin’?

Barbossa: No, what *are* you doin’?

Jack Sparrow: What are *you* doin’?

Barbossa: *No!* What *are* you doin’?

Jack Sparrow: What are *you* doin’? Captain gives orders on the ship.

Barbossa: The captain of the ship *is* givin’ orders.

Jack Sparrow: My ship, makes me captain.

Barbossa: They be my charts!

Jack Sparrow: Well, that makes you

[pause]

Jack Sparrow: chartman.

Pintel: Stow it! Both of you! That’s an order! Understand?

[Jack and Barbossa stare at him]

Pintel: Sorry. I just thought with the Captain issue in doubt, I’d throw my name in for consideration, sorry.

Ragetti: [to Pintel] I’d vote for you.

 

  1. What are some Life Lessons you can get from Captain Jack Sparrow?

 

Elizabeth Swann: You will listen to me! LISTEN! The other ships will still be looking to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead, and what will they see? Frightened bilgerats aboard a derelict ship? No, no they will see free men and freedom! And what the enemy will see, they will see the flash of our cannons, and they will hear the ringing of our swords, and they will know what we can do! By the sweat of our brow and the strength of our backs and the courage in our hearts! Gentlemen, hoist the colors!

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He’s suave, has a style all his own, and has never met a weird expression he didn’t like. Yes, we’re talking about the one, the only, Captain Jack Sparrow. We all know he’s highly entertaining, but today we’re showcasing his more philosophical side. Here are some unique life lessons from the school of Jack Sparrow:

 

  • Fake it ‘til you make it.

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Notice that Jack is riding a sinking ship into the harbor. Now notice that he looks like the king of all he surveys. We believe he is king because he believes it.

 

  • Maintain a healthy life-preservation instinct.

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Are you cannibals chasing you? Run. Jack taught us the value of looking out for ourselves in every situation.

 

  • Don’t feel the need to explain yourself.

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You don’t have to answer to anyone, if you believe in something go for it.

 

  • Live spontaneously.

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Stuck on a deserted island? Improvise. Hostage on a mission to the fountain of youth? Seize the opportunity and take a sip. (That’s a metaphor, don’t drink weird water you don’t know is safe, but, you know, also carpe diem.)

 

  • Have a code.

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For Jack the only rule is “what a man can do and what a man can’t do.” We have more rules, things about not murdering anyone, stopping at red lights, and being nice. Whatever code you live by, it’s important to identify what you believe in.

 

  • Life isn’t always black and white.

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As Jack points out, madness and brilliance often coincide. Things can get confusing, and that’s okay. Maybe you’ll learn something new.

 

  • Know your true friends.

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Jack Sparrow can pretty much always count on Joshamee Gibbs. We all need someone to trust, rely on, and talk to, no matter what.

 

  • Material objects aren’t everything.

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Not all treasure is silver and gold. Sure, some of it is, but a lot of the good things in life are family, friends, helping others, chocolate, etc.

 

  • Find love, and never let it go.

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Jack’s one true love is his ship, the Black Pearl, and he’ll literally do anything to get her back. That’s the kind of dedication we rarely see these days.

 

  • There is no such thing as over-accessorizing.

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Jack takes this very seriously, and we do too. Nothing makes an outfit like that tenth signet ring, or third hair bead, or large feathered hat…

2. What is your review of the film?

 

Barbossa: [Jack and Barbossa see the dead Kraken] Still thinkin’ of running, Jack? Think you can outrun the world? You know the problem with being the last of anything, by and by there be none left at all.

Jack Sparrow: Sometimes things come back mate. We’re livin’ proof, you and me.

Barbossa: Aye, but that’s a gamble of long odds, ain’t it? There’s never a guarantee of comin’ back. But passin’ on, that’s dead certain.

Jack Sparrow: Summoning the brethren court then, is it?

Barbossa: It’s our only hope, lad.

Jack Sparrow: That’s a sad commentary in and of itself.

Barbossa: The world used to be a bigger place.

Jack Sparrow: World’s still the same. There’s just less in it.

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This is the third week in a row that I am reviewing the third part of three separate trilogies. The mind boggles at the thought. This truly is shaping up to be the summer of threes, which makes me want to go buy a lotto ticket! Unfortunately the luck hasn’t all been good when it comes to the tirade of trilogies. Spiderman set the bar for disappointment then Shrek came along and eased the pain a little. But does Pirates 3 fight on the side of good or evil? Oddly enough, it can’t seem to decide what it’s fighting for.
The first Pirates of the Caribbean film took people by surprise with its fantastic visuals, witty script and one of the most memorable film characters in years Captain Jack Sparrow, played to perfection by Johnny Depp. The second film came along and, at least in my opinion, it was even better than the first. Now we are thrown into a third installment that relies heavily on its audience’s familiarity with the series. Audiences be warned: This film does not stand on its own peg leg.
Immediately we’re dumped into a confusing situation in which Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) has commandeered the ship of the be-tentacled Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) in order to put a complete end to piracy. In order to stop him Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) have to travel to the afterlife to bring back Jack Sparrow who was eaten by the Kraken in film 2. Only then can they call to arms all of the pirate captains to join forces against a common foe. Talk about honor among thieves!
All the familiar faces aarrrgh back including Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), the first films villain, who is now in cahoots with our heroes. At least he helps when the purpose suits him, which can be said of every morally ambiguous person in this movie. But in the cutthroat world of pirates what more can we expect?
There’s a lot going on here story-wise, but it feels rushed despite the nearly three hour running time. Once again a movie has committed the fatal error of too many characters too little development. I’m not sure if it was a problem with editing or with an unrefined script but I found the story confusing and convoluted. When you finally do understand what is going on, another twist comes and creates even more plot holes.
On the plus side, the visuals are spectacular and the action sequences leave nothing to be desired. One such scene involves a stunning battle between three ships complete with a maelstrom, a marriage and beautifully choreographed sword fighting.
Over all this At World’s End lacks much of the zaniness that made the last two films such a success. There was a kind of joyful abandon in giving yourself up to the quirky characters. It made you care about them. This one fights hard for our emotions but ends up accomplishing the opposite with a disappointing ending that left me cold.
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 had some great moments, but in the grand scheme I wish they could do it over again. I give it 6 out of 10 stars.

3. Can you provide a review of the story of the film?

 

Jack Sparrow: What? You’ve seen it all, done it all. Survived. That’s the trick isn’t it? To survive?

Captain Teague: It’s not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is still living with yourself forever.

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Why am I even reviewing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End? I’ve really been in the minority when it comes to this series. My opinion was that the original film, Curse of the Black Pearl, was mediocre at best. The first sequel, Dead Man’s Chest, was worse than that. Both were box office blockbusters and, more significantly, have garnered a level of extreme adoration among many moviegoers. At World’s End is easily the worst in the series, yet I suspect that it will largely satisfy those with more affection for these films than I have. Perhaps I am writing this review in the hope that some other member of the anti-Pirates minority will read it and say, tell it like it is, brother!. If such a person is out there, this one’s for you.

 

I had problems right off the bat. The plot is geared toward die-hard fans who have seen the other installments multiple times. Because I didn’t particularly care for the first or second films, my memory of what happened in them was pretty bad. Therefore, I got lost in this one’s plot almost immediately. It starts off with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) traveling to the end of the world to save Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who is imprisoned in Davy Jones’ locker (more of a mental trap than a physical one).

 

They also end up in Singapore, where they confront the Chinese pirate known as Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). He’s killed by the East India Co. and series baddie Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander). Then there’s some nonsense about locating all nine of the “pieces of eight” – one of which Sparrow is hiding. Eventually, all the Pirate Lords convene to challenge Beckett and the squid-faced Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). Other subplots involve mystical Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), who was once the lover of Davy Jones and may have some kind of magical spirit in her waiting to get out, as well as Will’s attempt to save imprisoned father Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard).

 

None of the characters in the film trust each other. They all engage in deal-making, deal-breaking, alliances, betrayals, double-crosses, and triple-crosses. Even if you know the first two movies inside and out, you might have trouble keeping track of who’s doing what to whom. Director Gore Verbinski has proven himself to be a very controlled storyteller in films like The Ring and The Weather Man. It’s kind of amazing, then, that At World’s End possesses a storyline that is a complete mess. Personally, I found the whole experience of trying to follow the overstuffed plot to be an exercise in frustration.

 

So let’s move on.

 

A problem that even fans might recognize is that At World’s End is unbelievably talky. There is only sporadic action in the first two hours. Verbinski and his screenwriters cram most of it into the last 45 minutes. (That’s right – this thing is almost three hours long!) Whereas Pearl and Chest didn’t work for me, they at least had regularly-scheduled action/adventure scenes to keep me from becoming too bored. This time around, the characters rarely seem to shut up and engage in any swashbuckling. It’s not difficult to become impatient because you don’t know if or when someone will actually do something.

 

Regardless of my overall opinion of it, Curse of the Black Pearl had an unassuming charm. Yes, the formula was full, as it had frantic action, tender romance, wacky comedy, and elaborate special effects. However, those things were mixed deliberately; they came along in appropriately timed intervals to juice the story at strategically selected moments. The two Pirates sequels engage in the philosophy that it’s good to overdose the audience on whatever they responded to originally. If Dead Man’s Chest bombarded you with the effects, comedy, romance, and action, At World’s End absolutely pummels you with them. There’s no lightness of touch in this movie. There are no quiet scenes, no subtle moments. Everything is jack-hammered at you in the broadest manner possible.

 

For example, take the character of Jack Sparrow. Now, I think Johnny Depp is one of the greatest, most inventive actors in screen history. His interpretation of Sparrow in the original was downright subversive. You were caught off-guard by the pirate’s boozy, androgynous manner. It’s no fault of Depp’s, but by the third go-round, the character has lost any appeal he once had. We’ve seen this gimmick before. The things about him that were originally so fascinating have become familiar and routine. So what does the screenplay do? It gives us full-tilt Sparrow. A number of scenes appear to have been designed to allow Depp the opportunity to walk right up to the edge of insanity and heave Sparrow far across it. Instead of finding a new angle, the picture cynically just exaggerates the character as much as possible, to the point where there’s no joy in it anymore.

 

That joylessness extends to everything in At World’s End. It’s so full of its own preordained blockbuster status that there’s no room to have much fun. Even the clever casting of Rolling Stone Keith Richards as a suspiciously Sparrow-like pirate loses its impact because of all the advance hype. (That should have been a surprise.) It is debatable whether a movie can be “blockbustered” to death, but I advance this one as Exhibit A. Almost every frame of it feels manufactured to fit a preconceived – and inaccurate – notion of what a bigger, “better” sequel should be.

 

There are two really good scenes in the picture: a sequence in which the characters try to tip over a pirate ship, and a moment where Will proposes to Elizabeth while they engage in a massive group swordfight. Those two clever sequences are indicative (I think) of what audience members responded to in the first place. A few more of them in a shorter, structured story would have capped this series off in a much more satisfying way.

Regrettably, that didn’t happen. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is loud, long, confusing, annoying, bloated, and not a whole lot of fun. It’s a flat ending to a series that never reached its full potential. But don’t take it from me. When it comes to these movies, what do I know?

4. Can anyone explain me exactly what do you mean by 9 pieces of 8. I know that it took 9 pirate lords to bind calypso and the movie also shows the 9 pieces. But what is this statement.

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Jack Sparrow: What? You’ve seen it all, done it all. Survived. That’s the trick isn’t it? To survive?

Captain Teague: It’s not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is still living with yourself forever.

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A Cabin Boy holding a piece of eight.

 

Those aren’t pieces of eight. They’re just pieces of junk.”
“Aye. The original plan was to use nine pieces of eight to bind Calypso. But when the First Court met, the Brethren were to a one skint broke.

―Pintel and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

 

The Spanish dollar (also known as the piece of eight, the real de a ocho, the eight-real coin, or peso) was a silver coin, of approximately 38 mm diameter, worth eight reales, that was minted in the Spanish Empire after a Spanish currency reform in 1497.

 

HISTORY

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James Sterling wears a piece of eight around his neck

 

I have eight pesos. How many do you need?”
“Neptune’s nightgown, love! You can’t go flashing that much money here! This is Shipwreck City! Are you mad?

―Esmeralda and Jack Sparrow[src]

 

The purpose of the piece of eight was to correspond to the German thaler. It was widely used in Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. Except for the gold Doubloon, the piece of eight was the most valuable currency in the New World during the Age of Piracy. The term peso was used in Spanish to refer to this denomination.

 

When the First Brethren Court met to bind Calypso, the Pirate Lords intended to use nine pieces of eight to do that, but they were too short on money, so they used whatever they had in their pockets at the time.

 

When the pirate Ragetti lost his right eye, he received 300 pieces of eight as a compensation.  The infamous pirate James Sterling wore a Piece of eight around his neck. That coin was all that was left of his father’s earthly wealth.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

 

  • The original opening of At World’s Endwas to be a montage depicting the Pirate Lords each receiving a piece of eight from Hector Barbossa as a sort of invitation announcing the convening of the Brethren Court. However, the scene of the hanging at Fort Charles, in which Hoist the Colors was sung, ended up being the opening in the final cut of the film. All that remained of the original opening was a shot of Barbossa with a piece of eight in his hand, which only appeared in the opening clip of the At World’s Enddeleted scenes.

 

To confirm your Lordship and right to be heard, present now your pieces of eight, my fellow cap’ns.

―Hector Barbossa during the Fourth Brethren Court[src]

 

The Nine Pieces of Eight, often referred to as just pieces of eight, were an important symbol in Pirate Lore as the items owned by the Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court.

 

HISTORY

 

Those aren’t pieces of eight, they’re just pieces of junk!”
“Aye, the original plan was to use nine pieces of eight to bind Calypso, but when the First Court met, the Brethren were, to a one skint broke.”
“So change the name.”
“What? To ‘Nine Pieces of Whatever-We-Happen-to-Have-in-Our-Pockets-at-the-Time?’ Oh yes, that sounds very piratey.

―Pintel and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

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Jack Sparrow’s unique piece of eight.

 

Each of the nine Pirate Lords agreed to hold a piece of eight to be presented during a meeting of the Brethren Court, though the term came to apply to a variety of items and trinkets as the pirates found themselves short on money, simply keeping the original term as it sounded more ‘piratey’. Each piece of eight reflected something about the lord who possessed the piece, and altogether, the nine pieces were used to bind the sea goddess Calypso to a human form, after Davy Jones informed the Brethren on how to capture her.

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The nine pieces of eight burned to release Calypso.

 

Pieces of eight were used to call the Brethren Court to assemble at Shipwreck Cove. The sea shanty Hoist the Colours was called forth by Hector Barbossa and sung at Fort Charles during Lord Cutler Beckett’s drive to eradicate piracy on the Seven Seas, and the coins reverberated with the song. The nine pieces of eight were burned as part of the incantation to release Calypso prior to the Pirate Lords’ battle against the East India Trading Company.

 

PIECES OF EIGHT OF THE PIRATE LORDS

 

A piece of eight. Nine of them, you say?”
“Our new friend in Singapore was very specific, sir. 
Nine pieces of eight.”
“What’s the significance of that, I wonder?

―Cutler Beckett and Ian Mercer[src]

 

  • Small pewter brandy goblet(Ammand) Received from outcast sisters from a Spanish convent. They were outcast for a reason. That reason was Ammand.
  • Wooden eyeball(Boris Palachnik/Hector Barbossa)
  • Queen of Spades playing card(Chevalle) Chevalle is a compulsive gambler. His preferred hands in cards always use this card.
  • Pair of spectacles(Ching’s husband/Ching) Ching used these before she went blind.
  • Jade Captain’s knot(Sao Feng’s father/Liang Dao/Sao Feng/Elizabeth Swann) Made from silk from the famous Silk Road and a traditional jade gemstone.
  • Pair of tobacco cutters(Grandmama/King Samuel/Jocard) This is from the plantation where Jocard was enslaved. He used them to cut out his former master’s tongue.
  • Siamese coin woven into Moroccan beads(Don Rafael/Esmeralda/Jack Sparrow) Jack got the Moroccan beads from a French lady of questionable reputation. The coin is an ancient coin from Siam, one of the first two bits he ever pirated. He bought his hat with the second bit.
  • Calf-horn Snuff box(Sumbhajee Angria) A souvenir from his temple in India.
  • Broken bottle-neck with a cork; on a string(Eduardo Villanueva) This aided Eduardo in winning a famous barfight.

5. Where is Elizabeth in the end of At World’s End? Will gives her his heart to protect and leaves her on some island. Is it Davy Jones’ locker?

 

She is at Port Royal.

Epilogue

 

Ten years later, Elizabeth and her son, young Will Turner reside in Port Royal.Young Will sings a pirate song, with Elizabeth following behind. They both stand at the edge of a cliff, looking at the horizon, waiting for the sun to set. Finally, they see a flash of green light as the Flying Dutchman reappears, signifying Will Turner’s return from the Land of the Dead.

 

However, I am not able to understand where it is shown that this place is Port Royal. My understanding for that scene is only that Will is not bounded to ship and uses his one day in ten years to meet Elizabeth who is living somewhere on land with other citizens (not pirates).

6. Can you provide a breakdown of the film?

Jack Sparrow: Cuttlefish. Eh? Let us not, dear friends, forget our dear friends the cuttlefish… flipping glorious little sausages. Pen them up together, and they will devour each other without a second thought… Human nature, in’it? Ooor… fish nature… So yes… we could hold up here, well-provisioned and well-armed, and half of us would be dead within the month! Which seems grim to me any way you slice it! Or… ahh… as my learned colleague so naively suggests, we can release Calypso, and we can pray that she will be merciful… I rather doubt it. Can we, in fact, pretend that she is anything other than a woman scorned, like which fury Hell hath no? We cannot. Res ipsa loquitur, tabula in naufragio, we are left with but one option. I agree with, and I cannot believe the words are coming out of me mouth… Captain Swann. We must fight.

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At the End of the World, the Adventure Begins.

―Tagline[src]

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, released on May 25, 2007 as the sequel to Dead Man’s Chest—itself the sequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl. The film stars Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow), Orlando Bloom (Will Turner), Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Swann), with Chow Yun-Fat (Sao Feng), and Geoffrey Rush, (Barbossa). It was directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio. At World’s End would be followed in 2011 by On Stranger Tides.

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Just when he’s needed most, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), that witty and wily charmer of a pirate, is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones’ Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack’s the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must all come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates’ way of life. From exotic Singapore to World’s End and beyond, from Shipwreck Island to a titanic battle, this adventure’s filled with over-the-edge action, irreverent humor, and seafaring myth and magic.

 

PLOT

Hoist the Colours

Lord Beckett! they’ve started to sing, sir.”
“…Finally.

―Theodore Groves and Cutler Beckett[src]

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One of the character promotional posters for At World’s End.

 

Mass executions of pirates and pirate sympathizers are underway at Fort Charles in Port Royal, at the behest of Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), who begins his War Against Piracy as he gains control of the Dead Man’s Chest. Among those waiting at the gallows is a young cabin boy (Brendyn Bell), who begins singing a pirate shanty, Hoist the Colours. The song is picked up by the entire assembly, and its final line (“Never shall we die”) continues to resonate as the singers are hanged. The boy’s piece of eight falls to the ground.

 

Singapore

Captain Barbossa. Welcome to Singapore.

―Sao Feng to Hector Barbossa[src]

 

Meanwhile in Singapore, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is rowing through the streets in a peapod canoe, singing further verses of Hoist the Colours. She is confronted by Tai Huang (Reggie Lee), but is revealed to be in the company of Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Led by Huang, Swann and Barbossa make their way to a bath house presided over by the feared Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat). Meanwhile, the surviving members of the motley crew, including Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally), Marty (Martin Klebba), Cotton (David Bailie), Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook), are infiltrating the lower levels of the bath house. The newest member of the crew, mystic Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), is disguised nearby as a common hawker.

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Captain Sao Feng in Singapore.

 

After being forced to remove their weapons, Barbossa and Elizabeth meet Sao Feng inside the bath house. He questions their intentions to bargain for his navigational charts, revealing that a thief had attempted to steal them earlier in the day. The thief is being held in the bath house, and is none other than William Turner (Orlando Bloom). Sao Feng makes to kill him, tricking Elizabeth into giving away their connection to him by gasping in fright. Barbossa takes charge, reminding Feng that the “song has been sung”, and all Pirate Lords—of which Feng is one—are bound to convene at Shipwreck Cove. Barbossa requires the charts to reach World’s End, and from there descend into Davy Jones’ Locker to rescue the Pirate Lord, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). This angers Feng, who holds a grudge against Sparrow. The crew, hidden below the floorboards, do not help matters by throwing Barbossa and Elizabeth swords at the mention of the word “weapons”. During the stand-off, Feng notices one of the bath house residents has a fake tattoo, though Barbossa claims the man is not his. At that moment, soldiers of the East India Trading Company burst in, led by Mercer (David Schofield).

 

A battle ensued in the bathhouse, which would later lead into the streets of Singapore. Throughout the battle, there have been casualties on both sides, including many EITC soldiers and both of Sao Feng’s body guards Park and Lian. At one point, Mercer overhears a conversation between Sao Feng and Will. Turner promises Feng a chance to meet with Lord Beckett and spare himself from the EITC’s attentions, and in exchange Will desires command of the Black Pearl. Feng gives Will the charts, and lends Barbossa both a ship, the Hai Peng, and a crew led by Tai Huang. They depart Singapore for World’s End.

 

At World’s End

For certain, you have to be lost to find a place as can’t be found. Elseways, everyone would know where it was.

―Hector Barbossa[src]

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The Hai Peng approaching World’s End.

 

Meanwhile, the Flying Dutchman is laying siege to a pirate fleet, utterly destroying its ships. In his office, Lord Beckett is musing on the significance of the piece of eight, wishing to know the location of the meeting place of the Brethren Court. Governor Weatherby Swann (Jonathan Pryce) is being forced to sign execution orders. Beckett summons Admiral James Norrington (Jack Davenport), and reunites him with an “old friend”; his sword, forged over a year before by Will Turner.

 

The crew of the Hai Peng sails across a frozen ocean, and Tia Dalma explains to Pintel and Ragetti that Jack has been taken to a place “not of death, but punishment”. Will tries in vain to decipher the cryptic instructions on the charts, while Barbossa, Gibbs and Pintel fill in with information on the “green flash”; the signal of a soul returning to the world.

 

Lord Beckett surveys the wrecks of the pirate fleet with consternation, and muses that Governor Swann is no longer of use to him. He orders the Dead Man’s Chest to be brought aboard the Flying Dutchman, berating Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) for not leaving any survivors alive to question. Beckett reminds him that Jones is under his control, citing the death of the Kraken, on Beckett’s command. Jones is clearly not happy with the situation, but has no choice but to serve the East India Trading Company in its War Against Piracy

 

Don’t be so unkind. You may not survive to pass this way again, and these be the last friendly words you’ll hear.

―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann[src]

 

Under a clear, starry sky, the Hai Peng sails closer to World’s End. Elizabeth remains unable to speak to Will, saying only that everything will be fine once Jack is rescued. Tia Dalma reminds Will that for what he wants most, “there is a cost must be paid in the end”. The crew faces bigger problems, however, when Barbossa leads them towards a massive waterfall—World’s End. The crew attempts to slow the ship, which plunges over the edge and into darkness.

 

Davy Jones’ Locker

I have no sympathy for any of you feculent maggots and no more patience to pretend otherwise. Gentlemen! I wash my hands of this weirdness.

―Jack Sparrow to his hallucinations[src]

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Jack Sparrow and William Turner in Davy Jones’ Locker.

 

In the maddening dimension of Davy Jones’ Locker, Jack Sparrow is suffering under hallucinations onboard the Black Pearl. He sees multiple versions of himself crewing the ship, but cannot command any of them. He decides to take leave of his visions, and jumps off the ship. He finds himself in a vast, seemingly endless white-sand desert, where he encounters thousands upon thousands of crabs. Under sheer numbers, the crabs lift the Black Pearl and begin rolling it across the dunes, with Jack in pursuit. His former crew have meanwhile made it to the shore of the beach, having survived the fall into the Locker at the cost of the Hai Peng. The crabs retreat to Tia Dalma, just as the Black Pearl crests a nearby dune, Captain Jack Sparrow standing high on its mainmast.

 

The Black Pearl rolls into the ocean, and Jack is reunited with his crew, whom he initially mistakes for further hallucinations—until he spots Elizabeth, the woman who left him to die. He takes Barbossa’s resurrection in stride, and begins choosing his new crew members, including Tai Huang’s men but neglecting Barbossa, Will, Elizabeth, Pintel and Ragetti, all of them having been enemies with him in the past. During this exchange he also reveals to Will that Elizabeth betrayed him. However, as Barbossa holds the navigational charts, and Jack finds his compass useless in the Locker, he has no choice but to accept them as well.

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The lost souls of Davy Jones’ Locker.

 

The crew sets sail across the boundless seas of the Locker, with Jack and Barbossa competing for captaincy of “their” ship. Will encounters Elizabeth below decks, and they have what is possibly their first real conversation together since Jack’s death. Will realizes that Elizabeth is not in love with Jack, but instead feels guilty for abandoning him to the Kraken. Nevertheless, Will finds himself unable to trust Elizabeth, and they part, their problems unresolved. As night falls, Pintel and Ragetti spot bodies floating in the doldrums, which Tia Dalma identifies as the souls of men and women drowned at sea. She further explains that it was the duty of Davy Jones, once a man, to care for these souls and usher them into the afterlife. In return, he would be able to reunite, every ten years, with “she who love him, truly”. Following the floating bodies come boats occupied by a single soul. Elizabeth spots her father, and believes they are back in the land of the living, until Weatherby informs her that he thinks he is dead. He explains that he had learned about the Dead Man’s Chest—that if one were to stab the heart within, their heart was bound to take its place—considering it a “silly thing to die for”, though both Jack and Will find the news very interesting. Elizabeth attempts to bring her father aboard, but his boat sails on, Weatherby promising to give Elizabeth’s love to her mother. Tia Dalma states that Weatherby is now at peace.

 

Up is Down

Up is down. Well that’s just maddeningly unhelpful. Why are these things never clear?

―Jack Sparrow[src]

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The Kraken’s final resting place.

 

With the water and the rum gone, the situation aboard the Black Pearl is becoming dire. Jack continues to experience hallucinations, during which he begins to form a plan to kill Davy Jones and captain the Flying Dutchman himself, thus ensuring immortality. He receives inspiration, and is able to decipher the charts (“Up is Down”). He lures the crew into rocking the ship, tipping it upside down in the water just as the sun sets in the Locker. The Black Pearl is transported back into the land of the living at sunrise, where the crew immediately pull out their guns in a tense stand-off. Barbossa informs Jack that the Brethren Court is gathering, though Sparrow is adamant he will not be attending. He assures Barbossa he will not be returning to the Locker, and attempts to shoot him… finding that his pistol has become water logged and will not fire. The rest of the crew have suffered the same setback, and are forced to cooperate. Will locates a fresh water spring on a nearby island, to which the crew sails.

 

Just Good Business

There is no honor in remaining with the losing side, leaving it for the winning side…that’s just good business.”
“The 
losin’ side, ye say?

―Sao Feng and Hector Barbossa.[src]

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Sao Feng, Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow on the Black Pearl.

 

There, they discover the corpse of the Kraken, over which Jack reflects on his own mortality. They locate the spring, but at that moment, the Empress, flagship of Sao Feng, is spotted off-shore—and Tai Huang reveals his true colours and ambushes Jack’s crew. They are brought aboard the Black Pearl, where Feng greets Jack by punching him on the nose, before claiming that an “old friend” wishes to speak with him: directing his attention to the HMS Endeavour. Onboard, Jack meets Cutler Beckett, who reminds Jack that Davy Jones will still want his debt settled. Onboard the Black Pearl, Mercer claims the ship for the East India Trading Company, despite it having been promised to both Feng and Will. Beckett attempts to persuade Jack to give him information concerning the Brethren Court, while Barbossa tries to sway Feng into ending his deal with the Company. Barbossa reminds Feng that the Brethren has the power to release Calypso, and thus bring the “power of the seas” to bear against Beckett. Jack agrees to lead Beckett to Shipwreck Cove, in exchange for the loyal members of his crew, though

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Jack and Beckett talking

 

Beckett is interested in what Jack wishes for Elizabeth. Feng himself is also interested in Elizabeth, having been regarding her curiously while Barbossa spoke of Calypso. Over Will’s objections, both Barbossa and Elizabeth agree to Feng’s terms, while Beckett threatens to kill Jack, in order to use Jack’s compass to find Shipwreck Cove. Jack warns him that if he does this, he will face the very difficult task of taking Shipwreck Cove by force, and offers to lure the Pirate Lords out of the fortress, in exchange for his debt to Jones being withdrawn. Feng finally agrees, able to take Elizabeth aboard the Empress and allow the Black Pearl to escape, and his men launch a broadside on the Endeavour. Barbossa duels with Mercer and fearing for his life, Mercer jumps off the ship.

 

Betrayal and Redemption

Our destinies have been entwined, Elizabeth, but never joined.

―James Norrington to Elizabeth Swann[src]

(L-R) KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, CHOW YUN-FAT

Sao Feng with Elizabeth Swann.

 

During the confusion, Jack seals his deal with Beckett and makes a swashbuckling escape back to the Black Pearl. Beckett orders the Flying Dutchman to pursue the Empress, though his own pursuit of Sparrow’s crew is delayed by the damage suffered by his ship. Onboard the Empress, Feng has Elizabeth dressed in fine Chinese silks, and calls her “Calypso”. Elizabeth plays along, though rebuffs Feng’s romantic advances. The Pirate Lord becomes angry, and forces himself on her. At that moment, the ship comes under attack from the Flying Dutchman, and the Captain’s cabin is hit. Elizabeth recovers to find Feng knocked against a wall, impaled on a piece of wood. He implores her to go to Shipwreck Cove in his place, giving her his piece of eight and names her his successor both as a Pirate Lord and captain of the Empress. He dies, still believing her to be Calypso, though Tai Huang is not ready to accept his new captain. The crew are rounded up on deck, where Elizabeth is reunited with Norrington. He claims to be unaware of Weatherby’s death, and though he spares Elizabeth from Davy Jones, Elizabeth is unable to forgive him for choosing the side of the enemy.

 

Elizabeth and her new crew are locked in the brig of the Flying Dutchman while the Empress is towed behind. Elizabeth encounters William “Bootstrap Bill” Turner (Stellan Skarsgård), who has fallen into a state of madness, able only to recall his name, and that Will promised to free him. He manages to identify Elizabeth as the girl his son loves, and despairs that Will would never choose to bind himself to the Flying Dutchman and free his father, when he could remain with Elizabeth. He lapses back into insanity, forgetting the conversation completely, stating only that Will is coming for him.

 

Meanwhile, Beckett and Lieutenant Greitzer (David Meunier) are following a trail of bodies tied to barrels, evidently as a path to Shipwreck Cove. Beckett considers it to be a “gambit by a skilled opponent”. It turns out that it is Will who is leaving the trail, and is confronted by Jack, who mocks Will’s decision to do as promised at lead Beckett to Shipwreck Cove. He then reveals his intention to replace Jones as captain of the Flying Dutchman, thus allowing Will to “avoid the choice” between Elizabeth and “Bootstrap”. Jack considers binding himself to the Flying Dutchman to be a form of freedom, though is not prepared to do the duty. He hands Will his compass, then sends him overboard, intending him to be picked up by the Endeavour.

 

Onboard the Flying Dutchman, Elizabeth is surprised to find Norrington has re-evaluated his position, and helps she and her crew escape the ship. Elizabeth is initially dubious, though implores him to come with her back to the Empress when he decides to remain aboard the ship and hold off “Bootstrap Bill”. Will’s father is unable to realize Norrington is helping Elizabeth, adamant only that “no one leaves the ship”. Norrington shoots the line linking the Empress to the Flying Dutchman, stopping Elizabeth from re-boarding to help him, and he is stabbed by the confused “Bootstrap”. Dying, James is confronted by Davy Jones, who seems set to offer him the choice of service aboard the ship. In response, James thrusts his sword into Jones’ shoulder before dying. Jones keeps the sword for himself, and with the admiral dead, believes command of the ship has returned to him. However, he enters his cabin only to find Mercer has taken the key to the Dead Man’s Chest, becoming the Flying Dutchman’s new commander.

 

The Brethren Court

This is madness!”
“This is politics.

―Elizabeth Swann and Jack Sparrow[src]

 

The Black Pearl arrives at the shore of Shipwreck Island, where Barbossa confronts Tia Dalma. He names her as Calypso, and orders Pintel and Ragetti to lock her in the brig, ensuring she is unable to escape before Barbossa can free her. He is left contemplating the reason he was brought back from the dead by Dalma, and his fate should he fail to free Calypso.

 

Meanwhile, Davy Jones is summoned aboard the HMS Endeavour, where Cutler Beckett is drinking tea with Will. Turner informs Jones of Jack’s continued survival, though Beckett soon turns the conversation to the subject of Calypso. Jones is particularly vehement in lambasting his former love, and is enraged to learn the Brethren intends to release her. Jones reveals that it was he who showed the first Brethren Court how to bind her, thus matching Calypso’s betrayal with one of his own. Will now strikes a bargain of his own. In return for the freedom of his father, Elizabeth, and himself, Will will help lead Beckett and Jones to Shipwreck Cove—with the help of Jack’s compass. An additional price from Jones is that he would have Calypso murdered.

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The Brethren assembles in Pirate Hall.

 

The fourth meeting of the Brethren Court is officially opened by Barbossa, who asks his fellow eight Lords to present their pieces of eight—symbols of their Lordship, though in actuality are little more than pieces of junk. Ragetti hands over his wooden eye as Barbossa’s piece, though Jack attempts to stall for time in order to avoid handing in his piece. Elizabeth Swann interrupts at that moment, proclaiming the death of Sao Feng, and her position as his successor. The Brethren do not take well to this news, and do not take Elizabeth’s warning that the Flying Dutchman is approaching, or her suggestion to fight seriously, believing Shipwreck Cove to be an impregnable fortress. Barbossa, however, voices his plan to free Calypso to use her wrath against Lord Beckett. The Court opposes the notion, and as arguments turn into provocations, the meeting descends into a brawl.

 

While the meeting continues, Davy Jones arrives onboard the Black Pearl, to confront Tia Dalma. He angrily asks her why she did not meet him on his one day ashore, and Dalma simply replies that it is her nature. She momentarily reverts Jones back to his human form, promising to give him her heart when she is freed. She also vows to turn against the Brethren Court, and show them the full extent of her cruelty.

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Edward Teague and Jack Sparrow with the Pirata Codex.

 

The Court stops fighting for a moment to listen to a rambling monologue by Jack, who agrees with Elizabeth, stating that the pirates must fight, if only to run away, pointing out the dangers of the other two plans; Calypso may not be too friendly towards the pirates, and they may kill each other off if they hole up in Shipwreck Cove. However, Barbossa reminds the Court that a declaration of war can only be passed by the Pirate King—and no one has held that title since the first Brethren. To settle the matter, Barbossa calls upon Captain Teague, Keeper of the Code, who confirms Barbossa’s statement. Jack calls for a vote, upon which each Pirate Lord votes for him or herself…until Jack seconds Elizabeth’s vote, thus electing her Pirate King by popular vote. The Brethren is stunned, and was surely set to have overruled the Code had the infamous Teague not been present. With no other choice, Elizabeth accepts her new position, and declares war at dawn. As the meeting comes to a close, Jack asks Teague about the nature of immortality. Teague states that the trick of it is not simply living forever, but living forever with yourself. Their brief reunion ends with Teague reuniting Jack with his mother—now reduced to a shrunken head carried on Teague’s belt.

 

Parley

Advise your Brethren: you can fight, and all of you will die, or you can not fight, in which case only most of you will die.

―Cutler Beckett to Elizabeth Swann[src]

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Barbossa, Swann and Sparrow during parley.

 

As all the pirates get ready to fight, they see the horizon filled with Lord Beckett’s massive fleet and became dumbstruck. Jack calls for a temporary parley, and he along with Elizabeth and Barbossa go to a small sand bar to meet up with Beckett, Jones, and Will. Jack’s deal with Beckett is revealed, and in a fit of anger Barbossa slashes his sword at Jack, cutting off his Piece of Eight. Jack the monkey quickly grabs the piece. Elizabeth decides to trade Jack for Will. Jack is turned over to Jones, just as he had planned. As Barbossa, Elizabeth, and Will walk away Jack the monkey secretly hands Jack’s Piece of Eight to Barbossa. Seeing an easy way out of the battle, Barbossa then frees Tia Dalma/Calypso and asks her to help in the battle between the pirates, Davy Jones, the Royal Navy, and the East India Trading Company with Will revealing Jones’ betrayal of which she was unaware. However, Calypso disperses and Barbossa sees their last hope lost.

 

Maelstrom battle

The enemy…has opted for oblivion. Ready the fleet.

―Cutler Beckett to Lieutenant Theodore Groves and his men[src]

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The Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman fight each other.

 

However, Elizabeth didn’t give up hope and tells the other pirates to “Hoist the Colours”. As both fleets prepared for attack, a violent maelstrom emerges between the two fleets, implied to be the work of Calypso. The Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman then steer into the storm and battle each other fiercely. During the battle, Davy Jones takes command of the Dutchman completely when he kills Mercer and takes the key to his chest, but is caught in a fight with Jack Sparrow who escapes the brig thanks to a trick Will taught him.. The two crews of both ships eventually leap of the Dutchman and the Pearl and do battle. During this, Elizabeth and Will are joined in matrimony by Captain Barbossa while fighting the crew of the Flying Dutchman. While Barbossa is busy decapitating a crew member of the Flying Dutchman, the two ship’s masts crash together.

 

Soon after, Will arrives on the Dutchman to only be in a duel with his father in which he defeats but doesn’t kill his father. Jones defeats Elizabeth, but Will stabs him through the back, forgetting his heart is no longer there and is defeated by Jones who goes to kill him after seeing the love between him and Elizabeth. However, this allows Jack to get both the Key and the Chest and remove the heart which he threatens, but Jones stabs Will anyway. This breaks Bootstrap out of his insanity and he attacks Jones, allowing Jack time to help Will stab the heart, killing Davy Jones. Jones’s last words are “Calypso”, and he falls from the ship into the darkness of the maelstrom. Barbossa then orders the crew to shoot a chain at the masts, allowing him to safely guide the Black Pearl out of the Maelstrom. Jack and Elizabeth manage to escape the Dutchman by using a sail as a makeshift parasail and watch as the Flying Dutchman sinks into the Malestrom which then subsides.

 

Fate and the Fountain

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Will and Elizabeth during their one day.

 

Keep a weather eye on the horizon.

―Will Turner to Elizabeth Turner before he leaves.[src]

 

Therefore Will is now the captain of the Flying Dutchman. Elizabeth is heartbroken, thinking Will is dead, but as the Flying Dutchman emerges from within the sea, Will is alive and the crew has returned to normal. The pirates of the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman then turn to face Cutler Beckett, and blow his ship apart, sinking it down to the watery depths. Beckett himself is consumed in the explosion and his body is blown overboard.

 

There’s more than one way to live forever. Gents, I give you the Fountain of Youth.

―Barbossa to the crew of the Black Pearl[src]

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Jack Sparrow begins to search for the Fountain of Youth in his dinghy.

 

The pirates emerge victorious, but learn that the Flying Dutchman must stay in the undersea-world and can only come to shore for one day, every ten years. Will frees his father, but Bootstrap Bill decides to remain with his son on the ship of his own free will. Will and Elizabeth spend their “last day” together on a beach and she promises she will wait for him and keep his heart safe. After discovering that Barbossa has made off with the Black Pearl, Jack sails off in a dinghy. Barbossa attempts to show the crew where the Fountain of Youth is on Sao Feng’s charts, but he discovers a large chunk has been removed from the charts by Jack himself. Jack begins his voyage to the Fountain of Youth himself.

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Elizabeth Turner and William Turner III await Will’s return.

 

Epilogue

 

Ten years later, Elizabeth and her son, young Will Turner reside in Port Royal. Young Will sings a pirate song, with Elizabeth following behind. They both stand at the edge of a cliff, looking at the horizon, waiting for the sun to set. Finally, they see a flash of green light as the Flying Dutchman reappears, signifying Will Turner’s return from the Land of the Dead.

  • In the film, it is unclear whether Elizabeth’s supposed fidelity would allow Will to be with her. Later, the writers,Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, confirmed that the flash of green light seen at the end is the sign that Will’s soul has returned to the world of the living, and that they can live together as a family; with their one day stretched to a lifetime.
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