Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

release year: 2006
genre: pirate action/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD, 4/2/08

synopsis: In a continuation of events from the last movie, a long and complicated sequence of searches, chases, and battles leads to the chest containing fishy pirate captain Davy Jones' heart.

impressions: It isn't often that I have trouble following the plot of any movie, especially something like this (which I typically enjoy.) However, this movie just took things for granted. I can best sum it up with this example: back on land, Will Turner is tasked with finding Jack Sparrow (which should be quite a chore)...and not a minute later, their two ships approach each other. Joining the insanity is a ghostly ship full of pirates who've been under the sea too long and sport starfish, shells, tentacles, and more (one guy even has a head like that of a hammerhead shark.) At no point is any of this explained - it was a good thing that I happened to know the story of Davy Jones and his underwater problems. A complicated plot and some stilted pirate-ish dialogue didn't help, either. On the plus side, there were some good chase scenes and fights, and a kraken, which is always good for some thrills..

something this movie has that no other movie has: A guy with a starfish fused to one side of his face.

acting: Johnny Depp is Jack Sparrow, one of the most eccentric "heroes" in any movie I've ever seen. Despite being quirky and somewhat larcenous, this character is well-liked by all the other characters, and I just don't get it. Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley are the actual real good guys.

final word: Good pirate-battle eye candy, but confusing at times.

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