The success of the previous two Pirates of the Caribbean films almost immediately insures the success of the third installment in the Pirates series. Both previous films were full of bombast and plain fun and there is no reason to expect At World’s End to be any different. Inherent to those previous films, as in any film, are the spectacular film scores, including “Jack’s Theme,” from the first.
The new film score of At World’s End by returning composer, Hans Zimmer, begins with a spectacular piece called “Hoist the Colours,” an ‘all-for-one’ pirates’ hymn in keeping with the story and characters. The story of At World’s End will find Turner (Bloom), and Elizabeth (Knightly), assisted by a wide variety of pirates and the witch as well as the unlikely ally, Cap’n Barbossa (Rush), in an attempt to locate and free the charming and lovable (well, he is…isn’t he?) Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) from his deep trap. Of course, Davy Jones (Nighy) and his Flying Dutchman and crew have to be in the thick of it. Add in the Chinese pirate, Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat) and the plot thickens, as does the action.
The action in the film is supported by the score of Hans Zimmer quite well, with plenty of interesting pieces. As mentioned earlier, one of the more interesting songs found on the Film Score is the pirate song, “Hoist the Colours,” which is followed by the exotic “Singapore.” You’ll also be intrigued by “Multiple Jacks” with its sinister setting and its percussive effects. But much of this score provides a swell of music for much of the action settings in this movie.
Hans Zimmer is no stranger to important film scores, having created them for The Lion King, Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, Black Hawk Down, Rain Man, and others. Many of these have generated awards for Han Zimmer that includes an Oscar (The Lion King), Golden Globe, Grammy (2), and a Tony. He has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes, 7 Grammys, and 7 Academy Awards.
With Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, he has created another enduring work that under-girds the film as excellent scores will. There is no disappointment in At World’s End or Zimmer’s creativity.