Not recommended under 13, PG to 15: Violence, scary scenes, supernatural themes
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|Children under 13||Not recommended due to violence, scary and disturbing scenes and supernatural themes|
|Children over the age of 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary and disturbing scenes and supernatural themes|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End|
|Consumer advice lines:||Moderate violence; supernatural themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with the hanging of hundreds of citizens, including a small boy, for the crime of aiding pirates. The man responsible for the hangings is Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander), head of the East India Trading Company who has enlisted Davy Jones to rid the oceans of all pirates and any opposition to himself.
The story then travels to Hong Kong where Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) are attempting to gain an audience with the Chinese pirate lord Captain Sao Feng (Yun-Fat). Sao Feng holds an ancient map that will lead Swan and co to the underworld of Davy Jones’s locker, where they hope to find Captain Jack Sparrow and return him back to the land of the living. Captain Jack’s presence is required for a gathering of the Nine Lords of the Brethren Court (the world’s most formidable pirates). Only if the nine join forces can they hope to overthrow Lord Beckett.
The band of rescuers make their way to Davy Jones’s Locker, find captain Jack and then return him, themselves and the Black Pearl (Jack’s ship) back to the land of the living., Elizabeth Swan who has now become the leader of the Chinese pirates, Barbossa, Sparrow, and Turner make their way to the meeting of the Brethren Court with Beckett and Jones in close pursuit. At the meeting, Elizabeth is made King of the Pirates and the Brethren Court agree to join forces against Beckett and Jones. When the nine Pirate Lords sail out to challenge Beckett’s armada they find themselves greatly outnumbered. Tia Dalma reveals that she is really the Storm Goddess Calypso imprisoned in a human form by the original Brethren Court, and that she now wants to be freed. The Brethren Court agree to free Calypso in exchange for her help in destroying Beckett and his Armada. Once freed, she creates a giant whirlpool which becomes the battleground for Jack’s ship the Black Pearl and Jones’s ship the Flying Dutchman.
After a number of fierce battles and confusing plot twists, life returns to normal.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Pirate mythology, the supernatural
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
The movie contains intense sequences of stylised violence which is often brutal. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare/disturb and possibly traumatise children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Many of the images listed above are capable of scaring children under the age of eight.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
As well as the violence described above, many of the images listed as being capable scaring children under the age of eight years are capable of disturbing or scaring children between the ages of eight and thirteen years. Of most concern are:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children over the age of thirteen year should be able to cope with many of the scary images presented throughout the film. However, children closer to the age of thirteen years may find the film’s more gruesome images, and the idea of a young boy being hung, disturbing.
None of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some occasional mild coarse language in this movie, including “bloody”and “hell” and numerous pirate expressions such as “Slap me thrice and hand me to mumma.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a swashbuckling pirate adventure with stylised action, numerous special effects, spectacular scenery and humour that is sure to entertain an older adolescent audience. The film is very long and contains an over-abundance of plots and subplots.
The main messages of the movie include the value of self sacrifice and of banding together to fight for a just cause, and the need for trust and the keeping of secrets.
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