Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 2006Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer FilmsSecond Mate Productions.  Screenplay by , , based on characters created by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hackneyed sequel to the successful original is only worthwhile as a continued showcase for Johnny Depp‘s immensely likable Captain Jack Sparrow. ‘s Will Turner is arrested along with his beloved fiancee Elizabeth (Keira Knightley, constantly jutting her lower jaw to honour the Empire) for having aided Sparrow in his escape at the conclusion of the previous film. Their only way to be released of charges is to find Sparrow and retrieve a compass in his possession that leads to the whereabouts of an unearthly treasure connected to phantom pirate Davy Jones. Meanwhile, Sparrow himself owes the debt of his soul to Jones, a nasty villain with an octopus face and a crew of terrifying ghouls, but Sparrow in his traditional prankishness tries to get Turner to honour his debt in his place. What should have been a light and brainless adventure combining the styles of the old Errol Flynn movies with modern day fantasy films is hampered by leaden direction and a script that just never knows when to stop. The film is hopelessly overlong, a convoluted mess that is lifted only by impressive visual effects and a sterling performance by as the creepy Jones.

Academy Award:  Best Visual Effects
Nominations: Best Art Direction; Best Sound Mixing; Best Sound Editing

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Johnny Depp)

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