As you probably know, the critics have been making this movie walk the plank . . . bad joke, I know, it’s what I do. Anyway, despite the critics’ best efforts, this thing has been a cash-making sea cow. Again, bad. I know.
Here’s the thing, this movie was fun. Period. It was fun! The props were incredible, the special effects were out-of-this-world, the costumes were great, the pacing was quick, Johnny Depp was hilarious, and the cinematography was outstanding. In other words, everything that worked in the first film worked for the second.
Consequently, just like with the first film, there were plot holes that could sink a ship, but hey, let’s employ our suspension of disbelief and have a nice time, shall we? Orlando Bloom, of whom I am apparently a “hatah,” gave yet another wooden, stoic performance, but you just have to expect that sort of thing from him. He would do well to follow in Depp’s eclectic footsteps or else he is in terminal danger of being typecast for the rest of his career.
Yes, this is a middle film. Sometimes middle films leave you feeling satisfied, like The Empire Strikes Back, and sometimes they don’t, like The Matrix Reloaded. Dead Man’s Chest falls somewhere in the middle. Luckily, we don’t have long to wait for the next Pirates film, so very soon we’ll simply think of them as one seamless saga.
The movie moves very fast despite its 2.5 hours of running time and it really is very entertaining. I particularly loved the fact that so much of the first film is brought back for the second, even things that were just mentioned in passing. I’d tell you to go see it right away, but I have a feeling you already have if its box office earnings are any indication.