Personally, I was disappointed with the original "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," despite so much positive word of mouth. With my expectations lowered, I found this "Pirates" sequel to be a lot of fun without out some of the repetitious scenes from the first movie. Johnny Depp's portrayal as the wily Captain Jack Sparrow joins the cultural heroes/antiheroes of the cinematic past; most notably Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lechter, Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry and Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes.
After one of the best screen entrances of recent movie memory; Captain Jack Sparrow has found a magic compass that will lead him away from Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the ghostly captain of "The Flying Dutchman." From days past, Captain Jack Sparrow owes a blood dept to Captain Davy Jones, who seeks repayment with death.
On the idyllic Port Royale, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) have their wedding plans delayed by British Royal Navy. Will Turner is being used by the government to hunt Captain Jack Sparrow and retrieve his magical compass.
If you can remember these two plot threads, then you can just sit back and watch the wild ride aboard the creaky Flying Dutchman or take an excursion on cannibal island. Director Gore Verbinski pulls out all the stops to recreate the Walt Disney World experience. Minus obvious special effects, there is an outrageously fun sequence involving a giant water wheel during a fencing sequence involving three men trying to kill each other. Unlike the previous motion picture which lumbered from one set piece to another, this wacky film has more of a narrative flow to it as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan sink deeper and deeper into the abyss of a dead man's chest.
Nonetheless, it will help to review the previous "Pirates" picture. This new film features minor characters from the first motion picture that have more prominence in this new feature. "Dead's Man Chest" ends with a cliff hanger that should be concluded in July, 2007. However, stay past the closing credits if you want to see the fate of one of my favorite characters from both movies.
Part romance, part horror, part swashbuckling drama and wholly entertaining, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" provides a folkloric look at our own Atlantic Ocean. Like "Superman Returns" and "X-Men the Last Stand," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is what summer movies are supposed to be about for a matinee price.