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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews

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September 11, 2007
This film follows much in the same vein as its predessor, albeit much darker, with lots of action and laughs throughout. Johnny Depp again manages to steal every scene as Jack Sparrow, but there are many great performances, especially Bill Nighy as Davy Jones. Perhaps not as good as the first or last in the trilogy but still a great watch.
February 22, 2012
By switching focus from the lovers to Jack Sparrow, the series losses its charm and a lot of its humor.
½ September 17, 2015
The worst by a far margin in the series to date......a jumbled mess.
February 12, 2012
1st movie was way better
January 7, 2010
confusing...but somewhat enjoyable. failed to capture the magic of the first
½ September 12, 2015
Entertaining and spectacular installment in the "pirates" franchise".
September 9, 2015
Introduction: This movie was definitely very interesting and kept you on your toes. It carries a lot of suspense and thrilling scenes to blow your mind. It was not predictable because it had so many twists, you didn't know what to expect.

Plot: Captain Jack Sparrow is the most daring pirate I've seen in any movie. He has a lot of trouble with kings and his ship crew is not the best. He does what he can with his resources and it makes the movie quite interesting. Running around in the movie, he meets a tribe in the forests of an island, he meets a crazy lady who thinks everything is special and gets kicked out of every crew he meets. Another man named Will, is very passionate about his fiancÚ, Elizabeth. In order to get his dear Elizabeth out of prison, he must embark on a journey to find Capt. Jack Sparrow and follow his across the seas. Everything Will says goes through one ear and out the other to Jack. He knows nothing about Elizabeth and frankly is jealous of Will, since Jack can't find a bride of his own. During their journey, they have encountered something called the The Kraken, if you don't know what this is, it is a killing octopus that is enlarged by 100's. This worries Jack so he sends Will to make things right with the controller of the kraken, Davey Jones, before everything gets out of hand. Jack is in debt from Davey Jones and Davey wants his money and he wants it now. But Jack's attempt to make Davey forget the debt makes everything worse and Davey decides to meet Jack with an even worse punishment: The Kraken. Jack now has to set things right and save Will from the imprisonment of Davey Jones before it's too late.

Themes: The theme of the movie was never leave a friend behind. Ever since Jack left will in the first movie, everything in his life has gone wrong. Leaving Will to sacrifice him was wrong because now he has to face the challenges of a lost crew member, feeding away at the enemy. If stayed with Will in the first movie, they would have never been in as much danger as they are in now.

Technical Elements: This movie had a lot of camera shots and angles to create different moods throughout the movie. During the movie, the camera was at an eagle eye view of the ships when they were taken down by the kraken. It shows just how bad the scene really is. They also showed an extreme long shot of the tribe chasing Capt. Jack Sparrow to show how angry they are and what's going on. Then they switched to a close up of his face to show the worry in his face. This shows the viewer exactly what he's thinking at the moment. It makes you feel bad for him and get worried about what will happen. They used extreme close ups to explain how nervous the character is. Like when they showed a sailor holding a cross in his hand, it showed he was fearful and that the item gives him hope.

-EM (8th Grade Student)
½ September 8, 2015
We get to relive the antics of Sparrow which never ceases to amuse me, though it can be tiresome for other viewers. The plot towards the last quarter of the movie becomes an elongated 3-way fight for the Heart of Davy Jones which then wraps itself up in an unsettling way. Though its a necessary movie for the saga to make sense chronologically, it isn't a movie that can stand on its own two feet.
½ November 12, 2006
Havent seen but will no doubt check it out
½ September 5, 2015
Once again Jack Sparrow has a way of coming into the movie as within the first few minutes of the film, funny and sweet entry. A sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean and standing strong at that, great 2nd part. The acting and cinematic's of course top of their game, though the story seemed to be a little slowed down as if something didn't quite work out with the scripting.

The action is just as good and in some cases better than The Curse of Black Pearl, but this movie doesn't fully compare to. I did like the adventure taken in this movie, the stunts looked great, the cast seemed to be settling a bit more in their characters.

Now as the film progresses into the Flying Dutchman scenes the movie stands up to it's predecessor with better graphics, amazing costume work and makeup. From this point in the movie which is almost half way, the film is amazing. Dead Man's Chest did seem to be a slow starter but in the end succeeded nicely.
½ September 2, 2015
A great-tale of swashbuckling Jack Sparrow and gang. However this movie feels more like a 'part one' of the next film: "At World's End."
October 14, 2012
Okay, the first Pirates of the Caribbean was alright, in fact, it was pretty good, but a sequel was definitely unneeded and unimpressive. This movie is confusing from start to finish, and the script is pretty pathetic. Dead Man's Chest may just be the meaning of bad sequels.
August 14, 2015
Great visual effects and a fun movie
½ August 12, 2015
A nice sequel, but it kind of lacks originality compared to its predecessor. In fact, some brief scenes are recycled from the first movie.
½ October 1, 2013
A step backwards from the first entry in the series. Dead Man's Chest has some good things going for it. The scene on the cannibal island (Although serving no purpose to the plot) is still very fun, the action is still really well executed like the sword fight on the water wheel and the Kraken scenes are downright spectacular. Unfortunately, what this film suffers from is that it tries to be more epic than it needs to and the film loses focus in the process. Will and Elizabeth are back even though their stories ended in the first one and they are given lots of back story and Davy Jones, although still a good villain, doesn't match the level of creepiness or evil of Captain Barbosa. Captain Jack Sparrow is still as great as ever. Although his jokes don't always land like they did in the first film but he is still great to watch on screen. Still a fun film to watch but nowhere near as good as the first Pirates of the Caribbean.
August 11, 2015
Less-awesome as the first Pirates, but Bill Nighy does a mean Davy Jones.
August 11, 2015
Somewhat interesting but way too long.
July 29, 2015
Much of the good will extended to the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film was based on really low expectations. The other films based on Disneyworld attractions had been awful. This one wasn't and Johnny Depp's performance was still fresh. None of that applies to the second film in the series, which does everything wrong that a mediocre sequel can. It not only brings back every last character it can from the first film (some for no goddamn reason), it throws in a bunch more leading to a plot packed with too many characters and side plots that goes on far too long.
½ July 25, 2015
Johnny Depp's Captain is somehow toned down except for a few brilliant scenes. Nothing witty and/or smart as in the first. But yet, He remains the highlight of an otherwise, as usual, not-as-great-as-the-first sequel.
Watch it for Jack Sparrow or leave it.
½ July 8, 2015
not half as much fun as the first film but still at least there were some diamonds in the rough for example what is considered the highlight of the film which is the sword fight on top of a water wheel.
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