Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – 6/10 fantasy action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott
Writer: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Ted Elliott
Characters Creator: Terry Rossio
Characters Creator: Stuart Beattie
Characters Creator: Jay Wolpert
Writer (Original Ride) Pirates of the Caribbean: Walt Disney
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Johnny Depp: Jack Sparrow
Orlando Bloom: Will Turner
Keira Knightley: Elizabeth Swann
Stellan Skarsgård: Bootstrap Bill
Bill Nighy: Davy Jones
Jack Davenport: Norrington
Kevin McNally: Gibbs
Jonathan Pryce: Governor Weatherby Swann

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

Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann have their wedding day rudely interrupted by getting themselves arrested and sentenced to hanging for aiding and abetting a certain Captain Jack Sparrow. Shortly thereafter, Will gets an offer to win Elizabeth’s pardon if he finds Sparrow and returns with his compass. Meanwhile, Captain Jack is having trouble of his own deciding what he really wants and keeping his soul out of the clutches of Davy Jones and the Kraken.


Meandering but largely fun midpoint for the Pirates of the Caribbean with plenty of ambitiously conceived and brilliantly executed action, some truly outstanding special visual effects (Davy Jones is one of the landmark visual effects) and agreeable performances but no real forward momentum and, frankly, not enough Captain Jack or sense of an underlying good. By the time the climax rolls around (and it takes a while, this feels long) we finally get the sight of Jack being a hero but it’s hollow. It still builds anticipation for Part Three, though, and there’s a little tidbit for those who sit through the end credits which I always appreciate. Overall, it’s better on second viewing and, while it’s only eye-candy, it’s enough.

This movie contains adult dialogue, Violence, extremely unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.



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