| Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) |
The story goes that Davy Jones is the undead captain of a damned ship traveling beneath the ocean and surfacing only to add dying sailors to his crew. The Kraken, a terrible sea monster, destroys ships according to his commands. His only vulnerability is that his still beating heart was placed in a chest and buried on a remote island.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must serve in Davy Jones' crew for an eternity, unless he can find the beating heart in the buried chest. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are about to be married, when they are suddenly caught up in Jack's difficulties and each struggles to save the other.
But none of that matters much. The movie is really about fighting, narrow escapes, supernatural events, a voodoo witch, chase scenes, more narrow escapes, sea battles, and sea monsters. Particularly fun, was fight scene on a wooden water wheel. Somehow three men managed to get inside it and fight each other while it rolls through the jungle. There is nothing very meaningful in the film, so it is ideal for teenagers.
Two and one half hours of solid pirate action with great special effects and good production values, will thrill many viewers and leave others yawning and checking their watches.
Missing was character development, identification or caring about the characters, humor, and a cohesive story. But if you have seen the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, you already know the characters and maybe already care about them.
And humor was not totally missing. The entire film was slightly funny. Though no one in the theatre actually laughed, many must have been smiling at various points.
There was not much pertaining to men's issues here - pro or anti-male. We see a father who admits that he abandoned his son with no real excuse, but then he risks all to save him. This is the best we can expect from Hollywood these days.
Elizabeth Swann was a confusing character. In some scenes she was an empowered warrior and in others she was a pouting, impotent girl. The standard Hollywood groin kick seemed imminent at times, but never happened.
If you like a film that is crammed with slightly humorous, non-stop, pirate action and nothing else, this is for you.
- Paul G.
Rated: PG13 in USA, 12A in UK, M in Australia due to fight scenes and other
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes