Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

PotC 3: At World's End (2007) [2007-05-27]

That was spectacular.

While actually longer than the previous movie, I felt like this one moved so much more quickly and so much more happened. (I felt like I should have found Jack's delirium episodes excessive, but I was okay with going with them.) I would definitely watch it again.

I didn't take notes, so I'm doing this from memory.

The opening scene with its litany about "declared a state of emergency" my immediate reaction was to roll my eyes at the liberal propaganda. The last film I was trying to parse what the EITC was a stand-in for, like were we protesting capitalism? But this film makes it clear that they represent authoritarianism.

I broke inside a little when the little boy appeared.

I loved that they started singing.

And how it unnerved the guards. I'm intrigued by the fact that Beckett's response to the news that they'd started singing was, "Finally." We find out soon after that this song cues the calling of the Pirate Brethren Order (or whatever it's called), but how does he know that? Also, what's up with the kid's coin, which gets significant camera attention. He can't be the inheritor of one of the pirate lords -- plus at the meeting we find that they weren't coins at all.

Hey, Roz has started screencapping, which also includes the lyrics to the song.

The king and his men stole the queen from her bed
And bound her in her bones
The seas be ours, and fight the powers
Where we will, we'll roam

Yo ho, all hands
Hoist the colors high

Heave ho, thieves and beggars
Never shall we die

Yo ho, all together
Hoist the colors high
Heave ho, thieves and beggars
Never shall we die

[...]

Some have died, and some are adrift
Others sail on the sea
With the keys to the king, and the devil to pay
We may too fruitless be
Bell has been raised from its watery grave
Hear its sad brook-all tone
Calls to all may heed this call


Edit: other lyrics /edit

Yay Elizabeth being a badass.

The people of color were mostly "props" as Trelawney phrased it, but at least there wasn't much particularly offensive about it. I was a little confused by Sao Feng first thinking Elizabeth was Calypso and then when he died making her captain.

Also, the camera totally lingered on various dead women - who looked very pretty in that arty way dead people sometimes do. Not entirely sure what to make of that.

I could have done without some of the grotesquerie -- the guy with the frostbitten foot made me wince and then when he broke the toe off. I also covered my eyes when Davy Jones kills Lord Beckett's man by plunging his tentacles into all his facial orifices.

Jack: "Four of you tried to kill me. One of you succeeded."

Will: "How can I trust you?"
Elizabeth: "You can't."
And yet, later, without any apparent processing, he asks her to marry him.

Elizabeth's daddy love made me a bit uncomfortable 'cause it was played as so traditionally feminine, but it made me really happy when her father said he was proud of her.

Speaking of family... when Elizabeth was in the brig and talking to Bootstrap and then they had the conversation a second time, I ached for them both 'cause that's so Alzheimer's. However, I squicked at Will's Freudian "Every step I take toward my father is a step further away from Elizabeth."

The array of stereotypes that was the Brethren was a bit off-putting, but it was at least equal-opportunity, and it wasn't particularly offensive beyond the fact that it was stereotypes. (Though Jack's mom being a shrunken head was a flashback to Racism Island that I didn't need.)

Pirata Codex! Okay, it being an actual book is ridiculous, but in the universe of these films, it works.

Elizabeth as Pirate King!

I had *not* realized that Calypso was Tia Dalma. In retrospect I was kinda confused as to why she worked for people like a common voodoo woman, but then I realized that since she was trapped in human form she had to work within the system to a large extent. (I was also thinking about her name and realizing that "tia" is Spanish for "aunt," so she's got that kind of traditional nomenclature of servants.)

"Say it like a lover"! Love that it's precocious eye guy. (I also loved that Barbossa's "piece-of-eight" was his wooden eye)

When they found out that whomever stabs the heart becomes the next captain, I figured Bootstrap would do it.

I loved Jack being unsure what to do with the heart in his hand when the plan gets screwed up.

[re: Jack] "What's he waiting for?"
me: "The Dutchman, of course."

I love that the first thing we see of the Dutchman under its new command is its crew back in human form.

Rain on the tea set! Echo of that awesome scene in the second movie! And this time it seems clearly an indicator of the triumph of the sea over civilization. And wow, Beckett seems to have snapped. Walking in a daze. I loved that he hadn't realized the Dutchman had a new captain and was no longer under his control. Though good grief, his dismissiveness that she had survived? She's the effing Dutchman.

When Gibbs said to Elizabeth, "Your chariot awaits," I thought she would insist on staying on the ship 'cause it's not like she can go back to her old life. But then she got to go have that intensely erotic scene with Will. (Kissing her leg = SO HOT. Also: implied oral sex for the win.)

Oh, The Fountain of Youth. I was reading somewhere that that was originally conceived of as the plot for this movie (or the second one? I forget). They're definitely leaving themselves a clear opening to do a fourth film.

I'm not sure how I feel about the post-credits scene. I was initially jarred because the little boy so resembled the one who was hanged in the opening scene, though I immediately realized it must be Elizabeth-and-Will's son. I still don't know how she's supporting herself, and I kinda dislike that after having made her so piratey (and seriously, she knew all this sailing jargon after such a short time at sea? I am having trouble with my suspension of disbelief) she's suddenly back to some model of domesticity. [Edit: Okay, a number of posts I've seen posit the theory that she could still be out pirating for most of the ten years and just come ashore for this -- which also begs the question as far as I'm concerned as to why they can't fuck on The Flying Dutchman -- which I don't think is what the text is going for, but which it certainly does leave room for.]

Oh, and staying through the credits meant I got to see the list of all the filming locations, which inclued Utah!

On reflection I'm less enamoured of the movie than I felt originally, but I still really enjoyed it and think it's hugely better than the second one. And I'm reading other people's writeups with interest.
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