JT Film Review

39 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dad Man’s Chest REVIEW

4/5 stars

Director – Gore Vebrenski

Cast – Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander


— follows Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End


piratesdeadmansThe under-rated Pirates of the Caribbean franchise returns for a sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. All the major stars are back, but they’ve picked up Bill Bighy, who stars as Davy Jones, the new villain. He is brought to life through a process similar to the creation of Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series, and is a great CGI creation , rivaling Gollum’s game-changing self.

The story is a wonderfully tangled web of back stabbing and plot points; however we are always fairly sure of whats going on, despite the claims of some reviewers. I must admit to feeling a bit confused when other reviewers claim the plot is too convoluted, and yet then turn around and blast and ridicule the rather simple plots of, say, Transformers 2. Here we have a smart, fast moving, and impressive plot; let’s enjoy it folks. As I’ve said before, I’m getting a bit sick of plot lines that can be summed up in one sentence, and love it when I get a good story to keep me interested.

piratesdeadmanschest3wayThis movie is, granted, less focused on laughs and more on action and story. However the action is endlessly inventive, and provides one memorable sequence after another. The story, as I said, keeps us interested. However, a couple times we get a little jump ahead in the storyline that is a bit confusing, almost like they left out a segemnt. We are told what has happened in these bits, to be sure, yet it feels odd a couple times.

Just a note about the acting: it is great all around, especially Depp, Knightley, and Nighy. The only problem is, again, Orlando Bloom. He can’t act his way out of a paper bag, although he is getting marginally better. He still goes with the puppy dog eyes and wriggles his eyebrows whenever trying to portray emotion. It’s almost funny at times.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is an above average adventure film, though not quite as good as its predecessor. Enjoy it for the story, action, and wit. Keep in mind though, it is a bit dark for the younger kids; preteens and up is what they’re going for I believe.



“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia



August 28, 2009 - Posted by | 4 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Fantasy, Year - 2000-2009 | , , , ,

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