Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
Points out of a possible ten!
Romp/Adventure Quotient: 10
Character Arcs: 6
Plot Logic: 4 (who cares, though?)
The Pretty: 9
Special Effects: 10 (of course)
Use of Legend: 5
Good Sequel Points: 6
Cap’t Jack Sparrow Goodness: 10
Rating: Damn fine movie for a sequel.
Because this is basically the genre of the film and its reason for existence. Go expecting this, and you shall not be disappointed.
There’s nothing like a classic bit of pirating legend. And nothing in current pop culture is quite as dashing, as amoral, or as delightfully selfish as Capt. Jack Sparrow. If you like pirates, you must see this film.
Enough to notice that there is a bit, but not a lot, and because this film is a blatant lead-in to the third film, most are unresolved. Oh well. That’s not what the film’s about, you know! :-)
Sketchy at points. Oddly, since I usually pick stuff apart and can list the plot holes for you as soon as you exit the theatre, I didn’t care one bit. I groaned at one or two points, but mostly I just let the movie sweep me along. The holes weren’t obvious enough to disturb my suspension of disbelief.
Johnny Depp = the awesome. As always. *drool*
Orlando Bloom: has grown up a bit since the first film! I used to think he was far too pretty-boy. Not this time. Mmmmm.
And I wanted to be Elizabeth, with the looking cool and sword-fighting and *spoilers*....
Like most sequels, DMC tries to outdo its predecessor in sheer spectacle. It sort of succeeds. :-)
Some lovely sly bits, as well as gross-outs (the boys’ll love it).
Use of Legend
I’m kind of “meh” about the reimagining of the legend of the Flying Dutchman, but it didn’t kill the film for me or anything.
Good Sequel Points
By this I mean that it did have a couple of issues unique to sequels: trying to be bigger and better went too far once or twice, and there were far too many first-movie injokes.
Cap’t Jack Sparrow Goodness
There can never be enough Cap’t Jack Sparrow. ‘Nuff said.