Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Reviewed on 2008 January 6
While this would be hard to enjoy as much if you haven’t seen the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it’s a great follow-up, moving along at an even faster pace than the original. This one has all the elements of the first Pirates, and it’s got an even more sinister streak.
Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is devastated when her wedding day is rudely interrupted when she’s separated from her beloved Will (Orlando Bloom). Will is sent on an errand by the cruel Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander): to get Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass. Meanwhile, Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is in arguably more trouble than Will. We learn how Sparrow became such a renowned(?) pirate, and what it really cost him. Payment is due for Captain Jack, and he needs Will as much as Will needs him, if not more. One thing can save them both: locating a certain chest containing something even more valuable to them than a treasure.
Verbinski, Elliott and Rossio did it again, and this installment has even better special effects than the first movie. Of course, the acting is good all way round, but as usual Johnny Depp stole the show. Here his incarnation of Captain Jack Sparrow reminds me of what you’d get if you cross-bred Keith Richards and Edina from Absolutely Fabulous, and yet he can look comically heroic in some scenes. My favorite bit was when he was turned into a sort of human Mai Tai garnish.
Three chocolate morsels and a navy grog.