Movie Soundtrack

Pirates of the Caribbean:

At World's End

Composed by: Hans Zimmer

Produced by: Walt Disney Records


Reviewed by Melissa Minners


          The legacy of the Pirates of the Caribbean lives on in a new movie from Walt Disney Pictures – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  This is the third movie in a trilogy of popular action/adventure films based on a Walt Disney ride and starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley.  Having had so much success with musical score compositions in the first and second movies, award-winning composer Hans Zimmer was asked to compose the music for At World’s End.

            This third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise finds Captain Jack Sparrow trapped in Davy Jones’ locker.  Only his friends, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, allied with Captain Barbossa, can save him.  But Davy Jones, aboard the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, begins a destructive trek across the Seven Seas, wiping out every pirate they encounter along the way.

            With such adventure and action afoot, At World’s End would require a musical score that was fast paced, exotic, and adventurous itself.  Enter Hans Zimmer, who has tremendous experience in these things, having composed musical score for such movies as The Lion King, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Prince of Egypt and more.  In creating the unique and exotic sound found in the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End soundtrack, Zimmer used a multitude of exotic instruments, supplementing flutes, brass, violins and percussion with banjos, fiddles, ehru, accordions, ethnic woods and more.

            The soundtrack opens with Hoist the Colours, a song hauntingly intoned by a young cabin boy and several pirates.  Immediately following that track is Singapore, an adventurous and fast-paced composition with loud drums and horns and other instrumental elements that give the listener the impression of a swashbuckling journey through the Orient.  The third track, At Wit’s End, starts slow and light, then picks up in intensity and builds up in crescendo, giving the listener a sense of urgency and despair.  Multiple Jacks is a playful melody which immediately reminds you of the quirky, eccentric, and lovable pirate Captain Jack Sparrow.  I Don’t Think Now Is the Best Time is perhaps one of the best compositions in the soundtrack, perfectly embodying the epic adventure that is The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

            Once again, composer Hans Zimmer has worked his magic upon a movie’s musical score.  The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Soundtrack is a masterpiece of composition that tells a story of adventure in far away lands.  This is one soundtrack you’re going to want to turn all the way up.


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