Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum ~ The Pirates of The Caribbean (Dead Man's Chest) are back ~ this time the good, bad, and the ugly are in search of the key and chest of the notorious Davy Jones, which safeguards the secret to life and/or death to a multitude of characters.
The fans of the first in the trilogy of pirate adventures (The Pirates of The Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl) will be delighted to see the original main characters revive their roles. Back are: Johnny Depp as the swaggering, mascara wearing Captain Jack Sparrow; Orlando Bloom as the handsome Will Turner; Keira Knightly as the breathtakingly beautiful Elizabeth Swann; along with many of the returning minor characters, including the comic relief of the bumbling duo Mackenzie Crook (Ragetti) and Lee Arenberg (Pintel).
Although action propels the movie … love (found, lost, and deceptive) is the underlying theme that drives the plot. Surprisingly, Dead Man's Chest is not just an action adventure story, but a love-story … the love between father and son, friendship, and the love and betrayal of love between man and woman. Whereas the first movie only touched on the love triangle between Captain Jack, William, and Elizabeth … in Dead Man's Chest their entanglement plays a major subplot.
Of course love takes center-stage to the CGI work! With any movie associated with the Disney Studios, the CGI special effects are expected to be on the cutting edge, and CGI enthusiasts will not be disappointed. The motion capture, and subsequently its computer generated characters, are flawless. The most mind-boggling scene revolved around the three-way sword fight upon the giant waterwheel. During the battle I kept thinking … how did they do that?
Even with a running time of just under two and a half hours there is not a moment that the movie drags. The story is well written, wonderfully edited, and expertly directed. The actors' performances are pure perfection (from the main characters to the minor players). As already mentioned the CGI work was phenomenal. Tons of laughs, thrills, suspense, romance, and a touch of heart-tugging (just a touch).
If you have not experienced the first movie in this series it is imperative that you rent The Pirates of The Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl before venturing to the theatre. Even if you are a fan of the original pirate adventure, a review of Curse of the Black Pearl will make your moving going experience even better, as Dead Man's Chest relies heavily on the plot of the first.
If your movie viewing is limited this summer, you have to put The Pirates of The Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest on top of your must see list!
The Pirates of The Caribbean, Dead Man's Chest Official Site.
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July 11, 2006
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