Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Reviews
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.
Personal Grade: S+
Technical Score: 85%
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.