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May 22, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is not as good as its predecessor, but with spectacular visual effects, thrilling action scenes, plenty of humor, and a great new villain, it comes close.
½ May 21, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a very underrated film in my opinion. So underrated in fact, that I think it's the best out of the franchise. Davy Jones is not only brought to life by chilling CGI, but Bill Nighy (not the Science Guy) gives a very creepy, and at times, sympathetic performance. It's also a nice, not forced-in setup for the finale to come.
May 21, 2017
It's to Long and complex
May 21, 2017
The sequel steps into a larger world of pirating while proving successful at doing so. The larger scale provides a great story featuring just the right amount of development for every character. A compelling villain also raises the level of this movie.
May 20, 2017
A major disappointment coming off the first movie. With some thrilling action sequences and solid special effects that try to overcome the lack of humor and with virtually no cohesive or compelling story line. But Johnny Depp still gets some moments to shine.
½ May 20, 2017
5/19/2017: Not quite as good as the first film, but still very entertaining!
May 17, 2017
The second Pirates of the Caribbean is more of the same adventurous, goofy fun even if this one reaches a little bit too far with the ridiculousness of some of the sequences.
May 16, 2017
The plot doesn't flow as well and it isn't as coherent as the first film, but there's still plenty of fun to be be had with Dead Man's Chest.
May 15, 2017
It is definitely a total blast. A great time, seriously. However it loses some seriousness of certain characters and does recycle some of the same conflicts from the first installment.
May 14, 2017
This is a great follow-up that is just as entertaining as its predecessor.
When Dead Man's Chest begins, we see Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) being sentenced to death by the evil Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) because of their associations with the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Fortunately, the two get one last chance. If Will can find Jack and bring back his compass to Beckett, both he and Elizabeth will be freed. This leads to Will finding Jack who has become a chief on an island inhabited by cannibals. After escaping, Will realises Jack needs his compass to search for the key that will open Davy Jones' (Bill Nighy) chest, which contains his heart, so he can free himself of the debt he owes Davy.
Depp brings comic relief to his role of Jack and makes the character his own. We see his determination to save his own skin from being sent to Davy Jones' Locker. However, other characters want their heart for their own personal reasons including Will who wants to save his father, who is a member of the crew on the Flying Dutchman.
Newcomers include Nighy as the evil Davy Jones. Thanks to computer-generated imagery, Nighy is almost recongisable and makes Jones a truly evil and intimidating character. Another stand-out supporting performance is Naomi Harris as the voodoo priestess, Tia Dalma. Her make-up is really impressive here. Harris is best known for her roles in the James Bond films, 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre' as Miss Moneypenny and, most recently, she gave an Academy-Award nominated performance in the Best Motion Picture of the Year, 'Moonlight'. However, her role as Tia Dalma is probably one of her best.
Of course, in a film that features pirates, you can expect a lot of swashbuckling action and director Gore Verbinski doesn't disappoint as there's even a sword fight that takes place on top of a huge wheel which proves that Dead Man's Chest is just as adventurous as its predecessor.
½ May 4, 2017
This second movie is a lot more complicated than the first, and is confusing at times. It is still very entertaining though, and adds a couple new characters to the series. The atmosphere is again spot-on. (First viewing - 7/7/2006 in theaters)
½ May 1, 2017
While not as strong as the original, it still has just as much excitement due to Johnny Depp's acting, the excellent score, and the fantastic action and directing by Gore Verbinski. The duel that happens on the island between Jack, Will and Norrington surrounded by the craziness happening with the rest of the crew of the Black Pearl and Flying Dutchman remains to this day one of my favorite action sequences in a movie. Also, due to the excellent direction and talent at ILM, the visuals still hold up great over 10 years later.

Personal Grade: S+
Technical Score: 85%
April 30, 2017
My favourite one In the series
½ April 12, 2017
Kept putting off watching this this cause octopus-guy was disgusting...It was a decent sequel but still not as good as the first one. Also, the story felt like it was dragging half-way through the movie.
April 8, 2017
A fun, entertaining adventure that unfortunately is bogged down by a hefty runtime, familiar territory, and most of all the comprise of Captain Jack himself, but still retains the thrills of the first.
April 7, 2017
Entertaining battle scene and ending scene, yet the rest of it was not really helpful to hold my attention.
March 31, 2017
Watching this film back-to-back with the first one, I realized that "Dead Man's Chest" is a better and more entertaining film than the original. It is visually spectacular and exciting from start to finish, and although it is just as convoluted and contrived and overly long as the first film, I have to say I was consistently engaged in the story. While the first film took forever for us audiences to learn where it was heading, this film hits the ground running. Johnny Depp is the best part of this film (and the franchise, really), but I also enjoyed Bill Nighy as Davy Jones and Tom Hollander (very underrated) as Cutler Beckett. It's really good fun.
March 23, 2017
What you have in 'dead man's chest' is a two and a half hour set up for a supposed finale. What happens to be the curse of most trilogies does hit pretty hard here, in that the story cannot tie up any loose ends whatsoever. Instead merely give you more to mull over.

What was once a pain in the arse with the original cinematic release is taken away for the more modern blu ray viewer, so the pretty poor cliff hanger element is removed from the equation, and what you are left with is a very silly romp through pirate land, where very little has changed for good or for worse.

It's business as usual as far as the main crew are concerned, with Geoffrey Rush out of the picture, we make way for a new villain in the brilliant Davy Jones, played in motion capture form by Bill Nighy. The animation is of an incredibly impressive standard here, with loads of tiny details on his aquatic frame, the same can't be said however for the rest of the crew of the Flying Dutchman, the Kraken or in the ludicrous fight scenes.

If you lopped anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes off of Dead Man's chest's run time you would have a vastly superior film for it, instead you have an enjoyable romp and it is nice to see the same characters again, but it comes off feeling bloated and with little progression.

And a cliffhanger has never been, and shall never be worthy end to a film.
March 20, 2017
A more horror-esque take on the franchise that works surprisingly well despite an indulgent run time and utterly pointless opening thirty minutes.
Grade: C+
March 20, 2017
Didn't hate it as much on the second viewing but the terrible script and story seriously hinders Depp's performance and mistreats what could have been a great villain in Davy Jones. Bloom & Knightley shouldn't have been in the sequels.
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