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Friday, July 07, 2006

Yo ho ho, Capt'n Jack is back!

Boy is he ever. Stronger than the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a remarkable film filled with action, adventure and pure comedy. The plot was a tad bit thin in places, and stretched the imagination in others, but overall this was a really great sequel for once.

Plot

On Will and Elizabeth's wedding day they are both arrested on trumped up charges for helping Cap'n Jack Sparrow escape execution. Will is freed after making a deal with the evil representitive of the East India Trading company and goes off in search of Jack, hoping to bring back a chest the East India Trading Company overseer wants. Elizabeth's father helps her to escape and she soon teams up with Sparrow to find her fiance. Jack remembers that he owes a blood debt to the vile Davy Jones that has to do with a picture of a key he has found. The key turns out to be an important part of the mystery of the missing chest. Davy Jones is the Captain of the mysterious Flying Dutchman, a magical and violent boat with an otherworldly crew. Remember Barbosa? This guy is creepier. He also wants the missing chest. All sorts of hijinks ensue while everyone searches for the mysterious chest to solve the mystery.

Will's father, who died when he was a child, is part of the Flying Dutchman's undead crew. A island of cannibals are also in search of the quirky Jack Sparrow. Some of the scenes on the cannibal island are hilariously funny.

Although the plot is not as tightas the first film, the idea is bigger and all in all makes for a great adventure movie. It is well thought-out and leaves you with a cliffhanger of an ending that gets you ready for the next installment. There are swordfights, hideous bad guys that you love to hate, big explosions, giant octopuses, cannibals, a voodoo priestess, and non-stop adventure. It's everything you want out of a summer movie. But I have to say, this movie is a bit too violent and scary for the smallest viewers. I'd hesitate taking any child under the age of 6, and if you have a child that scares easily, you might want to rethink seeing this on the big screen. Wait for it to come out on DVD where it won't be quite as frightening.

Acting

Johnny Depp does an excellent job reprising his role as Capt'n Jack Sparrow. He once again creates one of the most memorable characters in Hollywood history. He takes this role and makes it shine with humor, silliness, and a bit of romance. This role was tailor made for Depp, who gets to use every bit of his acting chops here. Keira Knightley plays a stronger Elizabeth in the second compared to her damsel in a corset in the Curse of the Black Pearl. Orlando Bloom is charming but a bit simpering as the newbie pirate Will Turner and Naomie Harris does a brilliant job as the voodoo princess Tia Dalma. Bill Nighy, who made an excellent villain in the Underworld movies creates the ultimate bad guy Davey Jones who could definatly give Captain Barbosa a run for his money in a battle between ships and creepy crew. The supporting cast were all very good and delivered an amazing performance under what must have been very difficult conditions, considering the costumes and make-up they had to endure. In fact, I'll predict that this film gets nominated for best Costumes and Make-up. It must be seen to be believed.

Direction

The director once again created a high-seas adventure film that delivers the most important thing a movie can: fun. This is a smart film with lots of comedy, some fabulous swordfighting, plenty of "scare you out of your seat" moments, but does not require you to be a grownup to watch and enjoy it. It's exciting and adventurous and never gets boring.

Visuals

The visuals are a real treat. The whole production is absolutely amazing. From the stunts to the ships to the special effects it's all so creative and imaginative. The giant sea monster effects are amazing and quite convincing, and in my opinion pretty darn scary. Davy Jone's octopus face is brilliant. The tentacles of the beard are incredibly life-like. The sets are amazing. The interior of Flying Dutchman was magnificent. The river and home of the voodoo priestess was spookily beautiful. This was a glorious, if not pretty, film to behold.

Overall

Overall you will not be disappointed with the second installment of the Pirates trilogy. As a middle installment, this film brings you closer to the main characters, introduces even more bizarre examples of Caribbean lore, and the final couple of minutes are worth the price of admission. You can't believe how much you want the film to continue, just to see what's going to happen next. This film ends with a real cliffhanger, similar to a "Who Shot JR" type of breathtaking ending that leaves you begging for more. The third installment can't come soon enough!
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10 Comments:

Blogger bobealia said...

Thanks for the review! I CAN'T WAIT to see it. Especially because I lived on one of the islands where they shot some of the scenes and I know the girl who did all the blocking etc for Keira. Believe me, they aren't in their costumes for very long, it's their stand-ins who have to endure it and in hot hot weather!
My husband tends to jump out of his seat and scream at movies, so I guess I'm in for a wild time. I hope I can go this weekend.
Hi from Michele's!

8/7/06 8:37 AM  
Blogger Midori said...

Hi from Michele`s this weekend as well!! :-) I have been interested to know about the 2nd Pirates movie so it is good to know that it is worth going to see!!!

8/7/06 8:50 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I only saw part of the first one, as I fell asleep watching it...LOL

Maybe if I see the new one in a theater instead of my recliner, I can stay awake long enough to complete it!

Michele sent me.

8/7/06 9:16 AM  
Blogger Foster Dogs said...

Hi, Michele sent me!

8/7/06 9:21 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Hi,
Came here from Michele's. Nice joint. One of my all-time favorite bloggers is from Boston.
Have a great weekend.

8/7/06 9:31 AM  
Blogger keda said...

sadly i wasn't a bit fan of the first.. though its crammed with hotties so i guess i could cope with it again :)
here via michele.

8/7/06 9:41 AM  
Blogger David said...

thank you for that review- Good job! perhaps I will ask michele if she wants to go to the movies with me...

8/7/06 9:42 AM  
Blogger keda said...

hey babe, i would have emailed this as i'm just answering your comment at mine... so don't bother approving it i'd say :)

i'm sure your hair looks fabulous, its an ok length. mines a little longer but not much.

as for the footie, yes i was heartbroken. but now i'll move on to support france. i love italy itself. but hate their football team. they play so dirty, trying to injure their opponents all the time and diving, yet crossing themselves and looking to god everytime they take a free shot. dirty hypocrisy drives me nuts and its ruining the real game of football.

plus i love zidane and he's retiring after this game, and many of our arsenal boys are on the french side. (plus they play mostly fair footie)
including the henry the yummy.

so i'm on the side of frogs and cheese ;)

enjoy the match. and your birthday!

8/7/06 9:58 AM  
Blogger rampant bicycle said...

The Boy and I saw this movie yesterday and we loved it! The critics don't seem to be enjoying it so much, but meh, what do they know, right? ;)

Also, that last ten seconds or so...!

Hello from Michele's!

8/7/06 1:11 PM  
Blogger panthergirl said...

Wow... totally not what the critics said. We were going to skip this one, but I may have to reconsider.

We loved Superman Returns...did you like that?

9/7/06 4:50 PM  

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