Review of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest'

dead_mans_chest.jpg Captain Jack (and the rest of the gang) are back in this sequel to the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie (The Black Pearl). In this chapter we find things are bit more confusing with Will and Elizabeth thrown into prison for helping Jack escape. They are given a chance to free themselves by finding Jack and getting his compass (which points to whatever the user most desires). There is, of course, the added complication of Davy Jones wanting to claim his life-debt from Jack for raising the Black Pearl from the depths. Confused? You will be in this the second chapter of what promises to be a blockbuster trilogy.

The writing is once again very good but this time with even more storyline thrown in for good measure. Oh, the effects are also absolutely stunning with a truly fantastic performance by Bill Nighy shining through even through the multiple levels of CGI on top of his face. The first movie was strong because of the characters and witty dialogue and this sequel does not disappoint in both of those regards. I guess if anything I would say that it is very confusing and quite fast paced – perhaps too fast.

Only one year to wait for chapter 3.

Rating:

Review Date: 2006-12-07


Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Studio: Walt Disney

Year: 2006

Length: 145 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383574/


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