Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/19/2012
Blockbuster sequels are ALL guilty of the same cinematic crimes. They are completely self referential and rarely bring anything new to the original idea. They're too long. The scripts are totally episodic and have far more interest in ever escalating set pieces than the story or characters. They rely far too much on CGI. And so it is with Dead Man's Chest. I personally thought the supernatural element was the weakest aspect of the original film and would have preferred to see a straight swashbuckling adventure with more of Captain Jack's dubious morality and witty dialogue at the centre. But that would've taken screen time away from the expensive CGI, wouldn't it...? Tsk tsk. In fact much of this film reminded me of a Pixar cartoon, with much of the same kind of humour and sight gags; …
JLFM - wrote on 04/12/2012
This film is very similar to the first film. I refer to the flaws, the strengths, and in essence, everything that has to do with the first film. This is not good, nor bad. The first movie was an enjoyable rumpus, but it was filled with flaws and holes. This film was no different, but it balances out as being nearly as good, if not equal to the first.
The first similarity between the two films is the first half hour. The content is different enough, but it starts in the same way as the first. That is, a brilliant first half hour, then an hour and a half of pirates that never is as good as the first bit.
This time however, I was entertained a little bit more the rest of the way through. The first half hour wasn't as strong as the first film's beginning, but it makes up for it with …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/06/2012
Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is approached by Will's father Bootstrap Bill Turner and informs him that Davy Jones’ pet will yank him to Davy Jones' Locker. Will Turner (Bloom) is captured by a Pelegostos tribe and explains that Elizabeth (Knightly) needs to be rescued after her marriage was interrupted. Davy Jones asks Sparrow for 99 souls in 3 days. One of many preposterous scenes were Jack falling several feet from above and landing on his back uninjured, unnecessary bar fight sequence and a father seeing his son being tortured without acting upon it. The effects, costumes and action were breathtaking. Its plot and pace of storytelling was confusing and slow. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was a decent follow-up with more characters and conclusion that hints of …
The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008
Infamous pirate "Captain Jack Sparrow" (Johnny Depp) is back. And this time, he has to pay a blood debt to "Davey Jones" (Bill Nighy), the captain of the legendary "Flying Dutchman." But, if "Sparrow" doesn't come up with a way to get out of the debt, he will be in service of "Jones" for eternity.
And to complicate things, "Will Turner" (Orlando Bloom) and his love and soon-to-be bride, "Elizabeth Swann" (Keira Knightly) are back as part of "Sporrow's" misadventures.
"Sparrow's" only way out is to find the "Dead Man's Chest", which will give him control over "Jones." However, he's not the only one in search for the fabled chest.
For the most part, this is a special effects and make-up movie with adventure thrown in. "Davey Jones" and his crew, none of which are Monkees (sorry …
JayFilmCrave - wrote on 09/06/2007
My absolute rule for movies is that it has to have an "ending." I absolutely cannot stand these "movies" that are cut up into two separate parts. Movies are ALWAYS about telling stories. No story ever told doesn't have an ending, but movies continually insist on doing this, see Kill Bill and The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions. I don't know who decides to do this, but this is what I movie industry greed. I need to have some sort of a conclusion. This movie does not have one, at all. I was waiting for the next thing to happen and the credits rolled, incredibly disappointing.
The movie itself has all the makings of a great action film, really it does, but the plot lacks some fundamental points, the ending being the primary one, as I've discussed, and beyond that, some of the shots …