The most common outlook on the Pirates series seems to be the belief that the first movie is the only good one, and that they deteriorate from there on. In my eyes, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Dead Man's Chest returns bigger, bolder and louder. Depp is at the top of his game; arguably even funnier than the first. Bill Nighy's Davy Jones is a menacing and worthy villain, partly in thanks to the unbelievably good special effects (effects that are even better than 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales). The soundtrack, like the first, is booming and strong, punctuating the scary and elevating the intensity. Where Dead Man's Chest falters is the mildly over-bloated plot. So many things are happening at once, it's oftentimes hard to focus on them all. Another thing that may turn some off is the shift in tone about halfway through the movie, going from silly and over-the-top to more serious. I thought this was a great way of keeping things energized, considering the film clocks in at 140 minutes before credits. The central theme here is what it means to be a good person: and Captain Jack is put to the test. This leads to an emotionally resonating ending, something most blockbusters lack. Minor gripes aside, Dead Man's Chest is a worthy sequel, even over a decade later.