Continuing my marathon of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies leading up to Dead Men Tell No Tales, we’re onto the second installment in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. This film continues the story of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Kiera Knightley) as their paths cross again as they all seek something and need each other’s help in order to find it. This brings them to meet the mythical Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and must find the chest that houses his heart before he ends them once and for all.
The crews all back and still a whole lot of fun to be around. Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley are both good and likable returning as Turner and Swan. Their romance feels earned and honest and I buy them as a couple. The best part of this film however is still Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and he is one of the only reasons this film works the way it does. He is electric in this role and just so eccentric, fun and crazy as ever. That’s not to say whenever he isn’t on screen, I wasn’t entertained because there’s a lot that works in this movie. But, Depp is the best part of the movie. Bill Nighy as Davy Jones is also really menacing and cool, with major props to the special effects team for making his CGI look so real, It looks like make-up more then CGI.
That’s another plus to this movie, the CGI. It is absolutely fantastic and almost never looks fake. It looks gorgeous in every scene making each set piece that much more fun. The set pieces are a lot of fun this time around especially an extended scene involving a rolling wheel sword fight that traverses an entire island.
This film does however pale in comparison to the first film which is a masterpiece and that’s mainly due to the story. While the film’s story is enjoyable enough, it does feel like there’s a lot that is very inconsequential to the entire Davy Jones storyline. The second act houses a set piece involving a cannibalistic tribe that while enjoyable, it feels like it’s just a lot of filler that doesn’t amount to much. Once the film does get to the Davy Jones story, it does pick up but that’s not till almost an hour into the movie. However, the ending and cliffhanger are very well done and set up for the final ride.
Despite these flaws, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is still an enjoyable sequel that is still a fun watch thanks to Johnny Depp’s showstealing performance. It is highly entertaining if maybe not really necessary but I still think fans of the first can find things in this adventure that are a whole lot of fun.
Up Next: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End