Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Aaarghhh me 'earties! Jack is back in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) which, if left unpaid, will result in Jack living a life of servitude on Davey's ghostly ship of the undersea, the Flying Dutchman along with all his other undead sailors. But Jack won't give in without a fight -- he plans to find Davey Jones's still beating heart, reputed to be stored in a chest beneath the sea. And, of course, the adventure interrupts Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth's (Keira Knightley's) wedding plans as they are drawn into Jack's plans. This second episode of Pirates of the Caribbean is a swash-buckling romp that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat at times. It starts off a bit slow, but when it gets going we are in for a thrilling ride. It is a worthy sequel to The Curse of the Black Pearl. The special effects are even more stunning than in the first, the actors improve on their characters, there is tons of action (watch out for the Kraken!) and we are left hanging at the end in anticipation of the next episode. Disney have really done it well this time. So grab your sword, eye patch, and parrot and head to sea for a great holiday adventure. My Rating: ***1/2 (out of 5) Positive Review 'Lively is an odd word for something called Dead Man's Chest, but lively it is. You won't find hotter action, wilder thrills or loopier laughs this summer.' - Peter Travers/Rolling Stone Negative Review 'More than the usual bad or even numbingly horrible movie. It's an amalgam of many of the modern cinema's worst tendencies and modern filmmaking's most unfortunate misconceptions.' - Mick LaSalle/San Francisco Chronicle Content Warning Intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images Related Links

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