Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

1988140686Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott/Terry Rossio
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring: Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightley/Bill Nighy/Naomie Harris
Year: 2006
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 151  minutes

Continuing the Pirates of the Caribbean series is the second instalment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The movie does everything a sequel is supposed to and what’s more, improves on the flaws of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It adds more to the story of the world of pirates, keeps that same sense of adventure and the characters are more well-developed, including Elizabeth Swann. Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones’ service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest has a better story than Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl but you can’t help but feel that it lacks that certain charm that the first one had. Nevertheless, this doesn’t distract you from the movie. This movie is more action-packed than the last one and the special effects is a lot better as well. The action sequences in this movie are brilliant to watch and very well done but it feels more slapstick comedy than thrilling sometimes. The CGI was very well done, Davy Jones looks very scary and quite realistic as well as the rest of his crew.

As mentioned above, one of the flaws in the first movie were that two of the three main characters didn’t have enough personality or enough depth for you to even care but, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, it’s been improved but it’s still a little bit of a problem. Will Turner has more of a story this time as we see the writers go more in-depth about his past and even Elizabeth Swann seems to be a little more likeable, even if she still doesn’t have much personality until the last twenty minutes of the movie, but you just couldn’t care about them. They are still pretty annoying and lack any sort of chemistry even though they are supposed to be a couple. However, the worst thing about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is that Jack Sparrow lacks a bit of heart that he had in the first movie as he loses a little bit of that unpredictability that made us love him in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl but he is still a lot of fun to watch and is one of the highlights of the movie. Despite the flaws of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the performances are a lot more better this time around as Johnny Depp is still great as Jack Sparrow and Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom were good as their characters but the best in the cast was cursed evil pirate, Davy Jones, played by Bill Nighy. Overall, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest does have quite a few flaws, one including a runtime that is simply too long, but it’s still very entertaining and the story is a little better than the first movie.

The movie really is a very good sequel and is actually better than Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in some places but in others, it’s worse. Sure, the action is a lot more tense and Jack Sparrow is funnier but, just like Davy Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest seems to have lost it’s heart amidst the story. Granted that the plot is simple and straightforward but it’s the performances from the actors, the action scenes and the special effects that keeps that adventurous feel in the movie. If you are a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, you will enjoy this but if you are a newcomer to the series, you may find that the runtime is a little too long. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a good sequel and a good addition to the series.

7/10

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