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½ September 18, 2017
Boring follow up to the original
Super Reviewer
September 13, 2017
'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.
½ September 10, 2017
A great follow up to the original film. For a lot of people this is the beginning of the franchise losing it's way but to me this still felt fresh and real (to a degree). All the actors embody their characters well and the blend of action and comedy is still perfect. Here the stakes feel important and that this is an important moment in these characters lives rather than "adventure of the week" that some of the later films feel. To me this still feels like the characters are being true to themselves with twists and turns that make sense.
September 5, 2017
I can't help but wonder what kinda franchise this might be if Verbinski stayed at the helm. Not that it would be great by any means...it's certainly still much too convoluted and dark, especially for a Disney film. However, he brought some interesting stuff to the whole affair. The action-adventure scenes here are largely big, giant fun (escaping from natives, sea battles), and the overall look for the world is great (sans the CG tentacles). It's FAR from perfect, but at least it has an auteur vision.
August 23, 2017
A solid if not entirely memorable sequel Pirates 2 just doesn't have the magic of the original even though it's still moderately entertaining in places.
August 12, 2017
This movie has strangely low reviews and yes there are some flaws, but not to many for this to be a awful movie. The movie kind of just starts in 10 minutes and you can barley understand what happens until they explain it later. Some characters kind of just pop out of no wear and jump into the conversation and act like they know the main characters. But the main problem with this movie is that it doesn't really explain stuff to you, so you want to watch the next one. It's fine to set up a movie, but make a good movie at the same time. The film really has trouble introducing things, but after it introduces a thing the rest is pretty good.
August 10, 2017
Weird to me that I gave this 5 stars before because it's fun, but not fantastic...also a cliffhanger...nice effects, though!
August 2, 2017
A sequel way better than the first. It's more funny and action packed than the first.
½ July 29, 2017
Aithough it is a bit overkill and not as fresh as its predecessor the movie still contains enough fun to stick in for the full movie
July 29, 2017
Another fun pirates movie. The plot in this one was more convoluted then the last but it still has much to enjoy. I really like the scene where they are all fighting on the big wheel.

July 28, 2017
Jack Sparrow is back and on a new journey to find the dead mans chest and fight Davy Jones it was a good movie but Davy Jones I thought was creepy and ugly but made a good villain, and jack was funny in this movie everyone knows Johnny Depp plays great in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! Once again Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Nightly did good in this movie hay they are great in the movie!
July 28, 2017
Has a lot of entertaining scenes, and is very well made. But ultimately is to long and confusing to be nearly as good as the first.
½ July 27, 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.
July 23, 2017
This movie suffers from a slow paced at times convoluted storytelling but redeems it's losses with hilariously funny moments, amazing characters, fun action sequences, astounding visuals and a great soundtrack.
July 14, 2017
Overlong and somewhat generic, but still okay, mostly thanks to its visuals and Johnny Depp's performance.
½ July 1, 2017
Not as good as its follow up
July 1, 2017
not the best but solid love the last act
½ June 26, 2017
Almost as good as the first film, and full of more awesome visuals and special effects. And Johnny Depp is always fun to watch as Jack Sparrow.
June 26, 2017
I enjoyed Davey Jones in this one, but aside from the good action sequences, it was kind of strange and took a weird turn from the direction I thought the films should go in.
½ June 23, 2017
I'm sorry but this is not a 'bad' film, judged as such and not compared to its predecessor. It's got cool scenes and it's a lot of fun. Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow along with the rest of the cast continue to entertain audiences.
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