7/11/2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

It seems that about half the reviews I've glanced at disliked this sequel because of its bloat and excess. "Too much," many of them said, whether they were referring to the action sequences or the 2 1/2 hour running time. And to these naysayers I say, "Lighten up."

Yes, the movie is a bit long in the tooth. And yes, there were a couple of moments where I looked at my watch, not so much because of the film's length, but out of boredom. The action set pieces were fantastic...and, yes, maybe a little lengthy. But so what? In the days of $10 movie tickets, shouldn't we get a little more bang for our buck?

This movie is fun. Isn't that what summer blockbusters are all about?

I will heartily concede that the first Pirates is the superior film, which is not to say this one isn't good, because it is, but for different reasons. The original had characters and plot you could really sink your teeth into, whereas this one, well, we already know the characters, save for the evil(?) Davy Jones, and the plot, well, it doesn't exactly wrap up all nice and neat at the end of the film. That's what next summer's part 3 (At World's End) is for.

But, as I said above, this film is just plain fun, from the witty one-liners to the insane stunt work (the 3-way sword duel atop a rolling mill wheel is a sight to behold) to the spectacular special effects (the enormous sea creature, the kraken, and the barnacled crew of Jones' Flying Dutchman, not to mention Jones himself, are exquisite in their details).

If you want to get away from the world for a few hours, to clear your head, this film will definitely take care of you. There's no thinking involved. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Aargh, I love being a pirate!

4 comments:

looksy said...

Haven't seen the new Pirates yet, but heard it has been confirmed that Keith Richards will play Jack Sparrow's father in the third film. Hope there are no coconut trees on set for Richards to climb and fall out of again!

mEg said...

Yes yes! I saw this last night and I looourrrved it. We in the theater were left with our mouths hanging open at the ending. Torturous to say the least. A am left wanting more. MMmmmmmore Johnny Depp with his perverse lovliness.

Anonymous said...

It was a lot of fun. LOT'S of fun! It was nice to see the characters hit up with some relatively complex problems (complex for a summer action movie).

--The God of Hellfire

Angelkris said...

I found a few plot holes that may be cleared up in the third installment, but other than that it was quite enjoyable. Oh- expect for the part where I had to leave the theater because Joss had exploded in her diaper and was leaking poo onto her clothes. That wasn't so much fun.