Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ★★★½

Good popcorn fun, but lacks the substance of the original film. This is clearly geared more toward the younger audience, as evidenced by the completely slapstick and goofy action scenes.

Storywise, there's really nothing going on here. It seems like a big excuse to show Davy Jones and the kraken. The East India Trading Company wants Capt. Jack Sparrow's compass because...? They recruit Will Turner to help them and imprison Elizabeth Swan to make sure he does what he was recruited to do. However, halfway through, Elizabeth is on another ship and ends up with the rest of the crew anyway, so that part of the plot was just thrown away.

Instead, it ends up being all about the kraken hunting Jack for a debt he must pay to Davy Jones or something vague like that. None of the other characters are under any kind of real threat if they fail to do anything, so in truth, they don't even have to be in the movie. They don't gain anything. They don't lose anything. They don't really learn anything. They accomplished nothing. It doesn't matter if they succeed or fail because they really have nothing to do.

This is really just a lead-in to the third film in the series, and it's an entertaining one for sure, but I don't get the same feeling of fulfillment that the first one gave me. Instead of being a great movie, it's more like a nice way to kill 2 and a half hours.

PS: This blu-ray looks absolutely phenomenal. Davy Jones has to be the single greatest computer-generated special effect in the history of the medium. He looks better than most real-life humans look in other films.