This movie is magnificent!
Good , But It Is Overrated By Some
One of the most extraordinary films you will see this year. Take that as you want.
This movie is dumb, but still entertaining. Its not as good as the first movie. The effects, cinematography, and the acting are all good. The plot isn't as dumb as some of the later movies, but not as good as the first one.
Continuing my plan to watch every Johnny Depp movie in order, I come to his first sequel (not counting his 19 seconds in Freddy's Dead) Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Man's Chest.Because the first movie made so much money, it was inevitable we would get a sequel. It was also linevitable the sequel would be of inferior quality. The filmmakers decided to make two further instalments back-to-back. Since Empire Strikes Back, every film maker with an eye on a trilogy feels that the second movie must be darker than the first movie. Dead Man's Chest is full of plot holes, inexplicable character actions and is not half as much fun as its predecessor. Pacing is a huge problem, the movie slogs through about hour of set-up before launching into its main story. For what is pretty much just a simple quest movie: find the key and chest, and use one to open the other, for the next 90 minutes.I find it hard to figure how a movie with the central character of Captain Jack Sparrow could ever be anything but fun. Depp is in top form again, making Captain Jack the most dashing scoundrel since Han Solo (there is more than one similarity with Solo and his character arc).Kiera Knightley is a bit more than the obligatory love interest she was in the first movie. This one takes Elizabeth's romantic life in an unexpected direction, as sparks fly between her and Jack (Even if she does not want to admit it) Knightley and Depp have decent chemistry. Knightley and Orlando Bloom do not. They are a much more interesting coupleOrlando Bloom's Will is not much more than he was in the first movie, the dashing hero. Bloom is more than ok, but he is often overshadowed by Depp and Knightley. Davy Jones represents a creepy villain (great CGI), Jonathan Pryce and Jack Davenport both return, as do the comedic duo of Mackenzie Crook and Lee Arenberg as pirate versions of C3PO and R2D2. Yes, I know, another Star Wars nod.The slow, uneven beginning is not really compensated for by the climax, which drags on about twenty minutes too long, with one scene after another, just leaving you feeling blah as it drags to the end credits. It's a common problem in movies these days, as the movie makers are more interested in putting scenes in movies, to put things in place for the next instalment rather than concentrating on one solid instalment. There were no further movies planned (though I'm sure Disney had hopes of a franchise) when the first movie was made, and it's to the movie's benefit. Despite being nowhere near as fun or fresh as the first movie POTC: Dead Mans Chest grossed $423 million at the domestic box office to become the highest-grossing movie of 2006. Making it Depp's highest grossing and best performing movie. For a time, this movie also held the box-office record for the highest opening weekend with $135,634,554 dollars earned.
Three years after the instant classic The Curse of the Black Pearl (10/10) the Pirates franchise returned, yet with another banger.
What makes the series so great is that it is filled with so many great actors, that always deliver.
The story is straight forward and gripping from the first minute. There is this real passion and real tactile sense of evil, perfectly portrayed by Davy Jones, who could also top Captain Barbosa from the first outing as the series best main villain. The movie is like a puzzle, the more you watch the more it gets interesting, the more you see the connections between the multiple storylines.
Johnny Depp once again is amazing acting the highly charismatic, funny and cool Jack Sparrow so damn well.
What holds me back from giving Dead Man's Chest a 9 or 10 is that it is what it is. A middle chapter with no real ending, although Barbosa's return is a real feel good moment: 8/10
Sometimes it's really hard to see past a film's flaws. For whatever reason though, I really get a kick out of these Pirates adventures. Whether it be because I had fond memories of them when I was much younger, or because there just wasn't quite a spectacle like them in the mid-2000's, either way I still find Dead Man's Chest to be an admirable part of the franchise.I'm not sure there will ever be a Pirates film as good as the first one. There's nothing quite like that first adventure with Jack Sparrow, William Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. And Dead Man's Chest wastes no time trying to top the spectacle and scope of that film. However, when the story and characters are second fiddle to the set pieces and grand action sequences, that's where you have the problem. In many ways, this film only exists to set up the third film. Most of the story beats are drawn out in what could be only one film's worth of story, but we don't get the payoff for any of it until the 3rd adventure. That's not necessarily always a bad thing, but I would have preferred each film to stand on its own a little bit more.Although we don't get Geoffrey Rush's maniacal Captain Barbossa, we are treated with equally invested performances from Bill Nighy as Davy Jones and Stellan Skarsgard as Boostrap Bill. Jones', the main antagonist, is essentially a supernatural pirate with the ability to also control a large sea creature called, the Kraken. If you thought the original film takes advantage of the over-the-top side to the series, the second one doubles down. Luckily, Nighy is an absolute joy to watch on screen, thanks in large part due to the groundbreaking special effects of Jones & various other characters and creatures.Much like the first film, Dead Man's Chest is a bit overlong and has too many moving parts. It worked with the first film because the script, directing, and performances were all brilliant. I think some of the magic wore off here because you definitely feel the length. But there's no denying the entertainment value if you enjoyed the first outing. The ridiculousness continues to an island of indigenous people wanting Jack Sparrow and subsequently a dog to be their ruler, a wheel barrow sword fight that goes on for like 15 minutes, and one great cliffhanger. I know they're silly, but I always manage to have a blast re-watching them.+Doubles down on ridiculous action+Mind-blowing special effects+Cliffhanger-Lengthy & too goofy at times7.6/10