I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Johnny Depp is one of the best actors of this generation — even if I have to look past the fact he resides in that shit infested country France. I don’t think there has been a movie starring Mr. Depp that I haven’t found entertaining on some level. It is good to see him sow his oats in this blockbuster sequel as I have heard he works for peanuts on those artsy-fartsy type flicks no one watches.
Anyways, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Depp relives his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, an often confused and awfully lucky pirate. This time around he finds himself searching for a key which unlocks the chest of Davy Jones — a nefarious creature, whom Sparrow owes his soul to. Once again, rounding out the main cast is Orlando Bloom (as Will Turner) and Keira Knightley (as Elizabeth Swann); both find themselves involved with Sparrow against their will in an effort to clear their good names.
The best part of this movie is without a doubt the underlying humor. There aren’t many movies of this type that have been able to pull off the subtle dark humor along with intense action and adventure. This is clearly what set “Pirates of the Caribbean” apart — and once again Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest delivers on what it’s predecessor started. Sparrow’s quirkiness and odd behavior are altogether worth the price of admission. Tag along the well crafted story, superb CGI and well shot action sequences and a winner is born.
That being said, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest isn’t quite as good the first movie. Where the first movie came out like a thoroughbred, this movie comes out like a pony. The characters are ultimately the same; there isn’t any character growth — something I expect in a sequel. There are also, many subplots skipping in and out of the movie and at times I found myself wondering what the fuck was going on.
Even with that, the movie sets itself up nicely for the third installment, due out next year. Although I expect the the next movie to lose additional steam, I will plan on seeing it. So should you.