Andrew | A.J.’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's the bible, you get points for trying!
I am impressed by Dead Man's Chest for a number of reasons. For one, it's a visually stunning film; Verbinski and Wolzski hydrate the shit out of the images here, creating an entirely Bay-esque experience, but with far more gravitas and mood. For another, it's 2 hours and 30 minutes long and has such a minuscule plot. Relatively little happens in this enormous film.
Verbinski takes advantage of legends, inserting a mythos of Davy Jones and his crew. The image of the Flying Dutchman rising from the ocean will be with me forever. Verbinski's incarnation of this mythic figure is mournful and angry in a way that somehow pierces the heart.
And Christ, what set pieces! The sword battles, the cannon battles, the leviathans, it all blows by in a rush of sea water.
As far as entertainment goes, Dead Man's Chest is a plotless piece of epic action cinema that's dominated by visuals and mood. Fucking incredible filmmaking.