Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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

Not as good as the first, but Gore Verbinski knows what he’s doing here, and pushes forward all the great things about The Curse of the Black Pearl - the aura of intrigue and untethered danger  surrounding Jack Sparrow, the pirate lore, a mysterious plot, and a macabre sense of darkness and danger in the set and the visuals.

More villains emerge with dimensions and personality, even if this episode leaves us with more questions than answers. Old friends and enemies appear, and not always how you’d expect them to. In that sense the story feels lived in. If much of the setting and tone is dark, Verbinski also seems to settle in to the lighter aspects of blockbuster humor from the first. And I really like how bold the ending is!

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