Posted on 9/28/06 06:13 AM
Alright, so, continuing my catching up.
I loved Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. I was kind of apprehensive about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, because as The Matrix taught us, there are few things that can ruin an excellent movie better than a horrible sequel.
I must admit I was slightly disappointed by Dead Man's Chest, but not to the point where it tainted the first movie in my eyes. Not even to the point where I didn't enjoy it, actually. I just thought it could have been better.
I have no complaints about the plot - the ever charismatic Captain Jack Sparrow is in trouble (for a change). He made a deal with undead pirate Davy Jones, and now he's supposed to give him his soul. And so, for two hours, we follow Jack as he tries to sail his way out of the deal on the Black Pearl. It's interesting and fun, and it brings new characters onto the screen, most notably Davy Jones and his crew of "sea-people", for lack of a better term.
Speaking of which, I was really impressed by the CGI on those characters. It looks real and particularly gross at times (I was staring in disgust at the little breathing holes on Davy Jones's face for most of the time he was on screen).
The acting is excellent, just as it was in the first movie. Johnny Depp is once again amazing, and even though the rest of the cast do a brilliant job as well, he is the one who truly holds the movie together.
Now onto the things I didn't like - there aren't many, but they need to be mentionned.
First of all, the pace is exhausting. There is very little time to rest your ears and eyes between fights, escape scenes and heated arguments, and sometimes it feels a little unnecessary, like they're so scared the audience is going to be bored that they just throw in random action (and a lot of noise) just to keep our attention. I was kind of annoyed at that.
The second thing that disappointed me is the ending. It came across to me as an obvious marketing ploy, and that really annoyed me. Maybe it's my backwards logic, but it made me want to abstain from going to see the third movie just to spite whoever thought that ending was a good idea.
Of course I'll go anyway. Because despite those flaws (which have been seen by other people as good points, so what do I know), Dead Man's Chest was fun and entertaining and beautifully shot and acted, and I suspect I wouldn't have had anything to complain about if it weren't for the fact that I loved The Curse of the Black Pearl so much. On its own, Dead Man's Chest is still an awesome movie.