Release Date: July 7th, 2006 by Walt Disney Pictures.
The Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Kevin McNally, Naomie Harris, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Tom Hollander.
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
BASIC PREMISE: Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) goes through an adventure to find a special key in order to avoid paying a blood debt to Davy Jones (Nighy), the undead ruler of the oceans.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean takes a while to get going as the lengthy first act sets up the conflicts. Everyone is searching for something. Will Turner (Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Knightley) get arrested and then set free under one condition: they must find a precious compass which Captain Jack Sparrow has. Sparrow searches for a key which Davy Jones has while Davy Jones searches for Sparrow. Some of the action/adventure scenes are thrilling and exciting to watch thanks to the special effects, choreography and, of course, Johnny Depp who provides plenty of comic relief, as expected. Some of the action scenes feel too lengthy, though. Cutting some of these scenes would have helped to keep a smooth pace and lessen the burden of its running time of 150 minutes. Between all of the action sequences, the drama just doesn’t have enough suspense and surprises to keep you entertained. Davy Jones looks more disgusting than menacing as a slimy, undead ruler with squishy octopus tentacles dangling out of his face—he only shows up later on in the second act. When it comes to the plot, the second and third acts are a mess with too many scenes that drag and so much going on at the same time that it gives more of a headache than anything else. Fortunately, every time Johnny Depp shows up onscreen with all of his charisma, it’s easy to just sit back and enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest . Be sure to stay after the end credits for an additional scene that adds a nice twist to the movie.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Messy second and third acts without enough real thrills and surprises.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Sporadically thrilling and engaging thanks to Johnny Depp’s performance, but lacking much of the surprise, thrills and imagination of the first film.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)
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