Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ May 2, 2007
A fun ride like its predecessor setting up what should be a fun finale. Depp, Bloom, and Knightly shine. Good supporting cast as well.
Super Reviewer
August 8, 2007
'Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!'

Who'd of thought a movie based on a theme park and pirates would be so successful that it would garner a sequel. A sequel that was so so so utterly huge in production values it makes perfect sense that it would fail to live up to its predecessor. The old lesson Hollywood never learns, making things bigger and flashier doesn't always mean it will be better.

The plot? oh geez where to begin. This is the main issue with this franchise which begun in this sequel, only to get worse in the third film. The story becomes so convoluted and twisty its hard to keep up, and this is a Disney film!. Put very simply...most of the characters are all after various bit n pieces including 'Davy Jones' heart, 'Sparrow's' compass and the Black Pearl. Each character has their own reason for needing each item and most of these reasons intertwine with each other at some point, oh and old characters come back into the fray.

The plot is the first film was pretty straight forward, I'm not saying simple is best but it was easy to swallow. This film kicks off relatively well with the characters we know in trouble for helping Sparrow, a deal is set, a plan underway and everybody knows who is doing what and why. The trouble is as the film progresses sub plots pop up, new characters enter with their own story arcs, old characters come back with more story arcs, plans change and double crossing ensues. I can't deny it becomes tricky but in the end it is decipherable and when you think about it its quite good.

So once you've got your head around the plot you do tend to notice how big everything has become. The prison Sparrow escapes from at the start looks very similar to some kind of fortress you'd expect to see in a Tolkien story. The entire early cannibal infested island part of the film really does show how the franchise took a swing for the worst. Sparrow, Norrington and Turner break out into a three way fight over Jones chest which lasts for at least 10-15 minutes, displays way way too much slapstick, completely unbelievable cartoon stunts that detach you from the film and the trio end up covering half the island whilst battling!. In short the whole sequence wasn't needed, it was completely overblown and merely flashy filler, it bared no importance to the plot whatsoever...and this is what you will come to expect from the franchise thereafter.

Now of course we know this franchise is a comedy of sorts, a period set comedy action thriller for everyone to enjoy. The first film had a nice balance of that plus some supernatural fantasy that really worked well. This sequel added that horrendous cartoonish hijinx that totally tore you away from any suspension of disbelief because it went beyond that into a pure hokey farce.

On top of the ludicrous tomfoolery now on show this film has easily had much more creative influence from the classic videogame The Secret of Monkey Island. If you know the game its quite plain to see really, the cannibal island at the start, the murky, misty, swampy location where the team meet voodoo priestess 'Tia Dalma' and of course that character in her entirety, plus the similarity Jones has to 'LeChuck' in terms of evil behaviour, the supernatural and looks.

It is a shame because the film is a good fantasy with some gorgeous visuals both CGI and real time. Davy Jones and his crew are incredible, a real sight to behold, especially Jones squid-like face of course. Its amazing to actually see CGI that looks so good you think its a real makeup job. The other crew members are also so vividly imaginative and well crafted, every scene with these fishy dogs was really great fun, I was always looking out for different types of mutants in the background. I really liked their vessel the Dutchman and the war torn barnacle covered ghost ship appearance it was given (much like the Pearl and its ghostly shrouds of mist n fog), and of course the Kraken was a fun nautical myth to include if somewhat unoriginal and not too good on the CGI front.

Its still a fun film which is saved by the British actors and their astoundingly fun well spoken pomposity, that and the excellent effects on Jones and his (undead?) crew. The finale for Sparrow is an exciting cliffhanger even though you know he will be back, its interesting to see a group of heroes bickering and double crossing each other instead of simply fighting together as one unbeatable team and that supernatural spice is just right. The plot difficulties do mire proceedings but Verbinski just about pulls it off and manages to provide decent escapism.
Super Reviewer
½ May 13, 2013
Gore Verbinski takes his adventurous swashbuckler into darker tides with Dead Man's Chest. The film is visually captivating but does falter on its loosely-incoherent storyline. Johnny Depp doesn't fail as usual with his rendition of Captain Jack. The second film of the Pirates' saga is dark, long and out of control. 3.5/5
Super Reviewer
½ November 11, 2012
Not necessary or particularly self-sustaining, but still fun.
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2007
Captain Jack has a blood debt to Davy Jones. he gets hold of the dead man's chest to control Davy. good cast and adventure.
Super Reviewer
June 20, 2007
Just as good, if not a little bit better than Curse of the Black Pearl. This time out, the film is longer, the plot more complex (just slightly muddled), and in need of trimming, but honestly, i don't know where to make cuts to this film. The acting is (as always) awesome, the stunts and action sequences thrilling, the costumes, make-up cinematography and special effects are gorgeous and brilliant, and all around, this is a fun and exhillirating movie.
Directors Cat
Super Reviewer
December 2, 2011
Everything Depp does in this movie is completely predictable for all who've seen the first Pirates movie and its packed with even more infectious CGI and its even more stretched than the first one.
Super Reviewer
½ March 12, 2011
The best in the trilogy in my opinion, a polishing in everything that made the first good and bad. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) witnesess Will Turners (Orlando Bloom) father, Bootsrap Bill Turner. He tells Jack that Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is sending a best after Jack because he has not repaid him for a long ago favor. Davy Jones will send the Krakyn, and so Jack decides to head to the nearest land. Will and Elizibeth (Keira Knightly) have their wedding interrupted by being sent to jail for help Jack in the first film, and the only way to save them both is if Will gos and gets Jacks Compass that is very special. Jack promises to give him the compass if he helps him find the key to Dead mans Chest, a chest that holds the heart of Davy Jones. This journey is more adventorous, because of the slaved crew members, the horror that is Davy Jones, cannibal island dwellers, and the Krakyn. The plot is amazing, it truly is what we want from an amazing pirates movie. Jack is just as funny and cool as before, and even more mysterious of his intentions. The cast is great again and Bill Nighy was great as Davy Jones. The efffects were my only problem with the first film, now they have re done it and it looks gorceous. Dead Mans Chest is a genius film. changed for the better.
Super Reviewer
½ January 22, 2011
Seriously dislike this installment. Worst pirates movie (I don't like any of them that much anyway).
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2011
POTC never fail to amuse! Amazing! A must see!
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2011
The quirky charm of the first film is replaced with a mean-spirited dark tone. Jack Sparrow is no longer the lovable eccentric drunk pirates from the first film. In Pirates 2, he comes across as manipulative jerk. I had trouble liking any of the characters in this film because they kept double-crossing each other. The plot of the film lacks the originality of the first film. The plot mostly suffers from being overly complicated, overly busy, and poorly paced in a few spots. The most fascinating character in the film was Davy Jones played by Billy Nighly. Despite these flaws, Pirates 2 does manage to be sporadically thrilling. The Kraken is the biggest highlight of the film.. Pirates 2 lacks the freshness of the first film, but it has enough thrills to make it barely passable.
Super Reviewer
½ June 14, 2011
Longer, darker, in a chest.
Super Reviewer
May 27, 2011
Even though I think the 1st Pirates movie is the best, this has the most action, and the better effects. The only thing really that holds it back is that it doesn't have an ending, it's just a middle movie. But even for a middle movie, it is fantastic. I think the sword fight between Jack, Will, and Norrington is probably the best sword fight in movie history(if you think one is better, let me know I'd love to see it). Plus, the Krakken and Davy Jones are just plain awesome. Very entertaining and really leaves you wanting more.
Super Reviewer
January 13, 2010
The second instalment of the unbelievable box office franchise is here, and it even improves over the original. I first though that the original was just an amazing adventure film with a ton of comedy thrown in by Johnny Depp, but I was knocked into the sky when I saw this film. From the incredible adventure, to the gut-splitting humour, this film truly proves that sequels can be better!
Super Reviewer
May 24, 2011
A lot of recycled humor but enough new material to still keep things entertaining. POTC 2 doesn't resonate as a standalone film being a setup for the finale, however, it also felt necessary as it develops all the incredibly fascinating pirate-fantasy-myth that really thrusts you into this fictional universe.

All in all, a fun ride and a visually enticing watch regardless of the unsatisfying story. Again, Depp's character steals the show and Bill Nighy, despite being covered with CGI, delivers a great villain.
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2011
A travel with high action, adventure and comedy. Johnny Depp still great as Jack Sparrow.
Super Reviewer
April 20, 2011
A sign of worse things to come. Heads up. Depp is such a force on screen though. He gives an entertaining performance.
Super Reviewer
½ April 24, 2011
Second part of the POTC series builds on the success of the first and the result is a film thats less spectacular than the first one, but it still has the fun, the action and humour you'd expect from this series. The film is slightly toned down, but it still manages to have everything you'd expect from a great pirate film. Dead Man's Chest is a fun, and humourous action adventure. The film is toned down from the first one as the story I personally was less dark than the first entry. But everything you'd expect from a Pirates film is here. The eccentricities of Captain Jack Sparrow are here and like I've mentioned, the film has awesome action. But in regards to the first one, I felt that this sequel
was a tad weaker than the first one of course. The idea of the story was interesting and I thought it was a good change of pace, but something was missing to make truly great. What made the first one so great was the engaging storyline, I thought the idea behind the first one was simply a flawless plotline and the film delivered and exceeded expectations. But with Dead Man's Chest, you have what is expected, but its kind of watered down. The film is still fun, and a great viewing experience, but compared to the first film, it's to be viewed as a simple, mindless film. But in the end it has everything that will satisfy fans of the first. Just don't expect a film as phenomenal as The Curse Of The Black Pearl anytime soon. Dead Man's Chest is a much better than average film as it delivers everything you'd expect, swashbuckling sword fights, humour, and accursed pirates.Dead Man's Chest may not be perfect, but it's entertaining enough for the whole family to enjoy. A good enough sequel, and better than the third entry.
Super Reviewer
½ March 14, 2011
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" suffers greatly from narrative complexities and a complete lack of conclusion. While these hinder the entertainment factor, it's something that couldn't be avoided due to the fact that this is only the first half of a story. Films like this are almost certainly never going to totally satisfy, it's the nature of the beast. What makes "Dead Man's Chest" worth watching are it's characters. At it's heart this is not an action film, it's a relationship drama. All the characters from the first film each have some very tricky emotional waters to navigate here (though nothing will be resolved, mind you). The visuals are also a feast for the eyes. The special effects, the art direction and the beautiful locations add plenty of visual splendor and the film does have a brisk and engaging pace for a two and a half hour film. It may not be perfect (none of these two part sequels are) but it's certainly a fun adventure that never gets boring.
Super Reviewer
½ February 26, 2010
not my type of film
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