Saturday, May 27, 2017

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The pirates return for the epic sequel in which a great villain arises for a two-part follow-up also directed by Gore Verbinski. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is in search of a treasure by finding the picture of a key when he is warned by Bootstrap Bill (Stellan SkarsgÄrd) that Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is after him. On the other hand, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) has been arrested with his fiance Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) at the behest of Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander), leader of the East India Trading Company, though Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) objects. Turner searches for Sparrow finding him on an island, hiding on dry land with a tribe of cannibals

After an outrageous and entertaining escape, Jack agrees to help Will if Turner helps find Jack's key. Sparrow seeks out Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) to learn more about Davy Jones's locker. She tells of Davy John's love and his inability to step on land but every ten years. She bestows a jar of dirt on them and sees a future destiny in Will Turner. With these warning, Jack finds Davy Jones with his squid-face and the other crew members who have fish-like qualities. These effects look pretty cool even now as they are filled with tiny details. Jack leaves Will with Davy in order to fulfill his debt of souls equal to Jack's.

A crew of another ship believes that they are haunted by the ghost of a woman and follow the signs she supposedly leaves not realizing it is Elizabeth Swann disguised as a male sailor. They meet up in Tortuga where recrutiment of the souls occurs including a disgraced Norrington (Jack Davenport). Will Turner discovers his father Bootstrap Bill aboard Davy Jones's ship the Flying Dutchman and also the fate of the fishy crew. They are all in search of the Dead Man's Chest that contains Davy Jones's heart. 

Will Turner challenges Davey Jones to a match of dice to gamble away an eternity of service for the key. Bootstrap intervenes and is sentenced to an eternity aboard. Will only used the gambling to find out where the key was and steal it. Turner escapes but is pursued by the Kraken. They all reunite again on an island where they are lead by Elizabeth Swann's desire to find Will Turner. They discover the chest but Turner, Sparrow, and Norrington fight over it while Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) make off with it. The fight leads them to an old church where they fight over the key. 

Davey Jones's crew attack the pirates on the island but Jack escapes and steals the heart out of the chest, putting into the jar of dirt. Norrington takes the chase to distract some of the fishy crew back onto the island. Jack escapes with Will and Elizabeth but is unable to stop an attack from Davey Jones. Jack escapes but then returns to fight the Kraken. As they abandon ship, Elizabeth tricks Jack with a kiss to leave him stranded on the ship. The crew escapes but Jack is eaten. They return to Tia to find Barbossa ready to fight for a third film. Dead Man's Chest extends the Pirates of the Caribbean world and adds the villain of Davey Jones. The special effects are upgraded and the plot is a lot of fun. 

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