Average Rating for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2 Disc Special Edition) - 3 out of 5
(based on 3 user reviews)
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2 Disc Special Edition)john bunnage
A really good film, one to sit and watch together as a family (so the younger one's don't get too scared). It is packed full of horror/comedy/chases- there is some really good stuntwork and you'll want to see disc 2 to find out "how they did that!". My only problem was keeping track of some of the characters as they seem to swap sides from being goodies to badies and visa versa too easily!
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2 Disc Special Edition)Kashif Ahmed
Captain Jack Sparrow returns in fine style with this enjoyable sequel to the surprise 2003 hit. It's obvious that the original (mildly amusing but by no means the classic its made out to be) was meant as a star vehicle for then flavours-of-the-month; Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. Hell, Miss Knightley, much to the delight of male audiences worldwide, even walked the plank and got drenched for us, but when Johnny Depp stole the show, well; corporate fiends Bruckheimer and 'Disney' aren"t idiots, and knew full well that 'POTC2' would have to be all about Jack.
And about Jack it is; the plot is functionary at best, though The British Empire (i.e. 'The East India Company') make for good, boo-worthy villains and sit surprisingly well alongside the plethora of outlandish characters that adorn every reel of this picture. Its all standard summer blockbuster fare: Sparrow has to find 'The Dead Man"s Chest' of the title in order to free himself from a debt to Davy Jones (he of Davy Jones"s locker fame). Jones ,sporting a brilliantly realised CG squid-head, is played with aplomb by Bill Nighy whilst Stellan Skarsagrd turns up as one of his condemned crew; equally fishy with all manner of aquatic life meshed into him.
The movie rolls along at a nice pace (despite clocking in at an epic 150 mins) and has enough swash & buckle, witty one-liners and oceanic bizarreness to keep you entertained. Kiera and Orlando are competent enough, and despite one unexpected twist, its pretty much plain sailing all the way. I didn"t particularly like the slapstick comedy, though Depp is always great to watch: "They"ll be no knowing here". I"ve said it before, and I"ll say it again: the Academy are obviously mad, for they gave Depp an Oscar nod for 'POTC' but not for 'Donnie Brasco', 'The Brave', 'Ed Wood' 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' or fifteen years worth of stellar performances in great films. The way I see it; is that they"ve always liked Depp, but like him a little more now that he's bringing in the money. Lightweight fare that"s raking in a lot more than pieces of eight (this being the fastest grossing blockbuster of all time) 'POTC2' was a far more enjoyable an experience on the big screen than it is at home; downsizing the spectacle only serves to highlight the film"s narrative shortcomings and the fact that very little actually happens, and in that respect, it remains loyal its source of inspiration. I'm not tthat keen on seeing the third instalment, but I probably will. Hide the rum, here comes the sequel.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2 Disc Special Edition)Ed Howard
This sequel amps up the energy and over-the-top action of the first film to near-stratospheric proportions, sending Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow on another incredible adventure on the high seas. There are plenty of ludicrously fun action set-ups -- most notably a swashbuckling sword fight inside of a giant rotating wheel -- and equally as much witty banter to keep the laughs coming as fast as the thrills. Depp is hammy and hilarious as ever, and this is definitely a worthy sequel.
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