The only thing more amazing than a great film based off of an amusement ride, is that said film spawned an even better sequel. That is exactly what "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is. "Dead Man's Chest" delivers more of the same from "Curse of the Black Pearl", but does it even better. This time, the film is darker than its predecessor, while also being funnier. "Dead Man's Chest" delves further into the bizarre and farfetched world of pirates, adding an interesting sci-fi twist. The plot, though perhaps not quite as good as the first, is still quite engaging. But it's the action and the visuals that are the centerpieces of this film. There is some seriously fantastic action in "Dead Man's Chest", especially in its epic and exhilarating third act.
Of course, another bright light in this movie is Johnny Depp's performance. I cannot possibly say enough good things about his portrayal of the clever, witty Captain. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are again paled in comparison to Depp. However, Bill Nighy presents an interesting take on the villain, Davy Jones.
Between the exciting action, the humorous Captain Sparrow, and the terrifying Kraken, "Dead Man's Chest" has all of the makings of a truly entertaining film. Its dark tone and sophisticated story-telling show that the franchise has matured and is moving in the right direction. An easy recommend for this swashbuckling adventure!