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Friday, July 14, 2006

Movie Review: "Pirates Of The Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006)

The highest grossing movie opening in history! Wow. No one saw that coming! At $135 Million in 3 days. Pirates Of The Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest has entered the record books despite lukewarm reviews. I guess everyone was looking for a little sea and sand in their pants.

Jack Sparrow (Johhny Depp) is once more into one of his old antics. Ever in search for the next exciting thing. As he has always been a fugitive, he has been everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are also in the run from the law after aiding Captain Jack's escape. Their wedding was rudely interrupted by Lord Norrington (Jack Davenport) who placed the charges and subjected the pair in a compromise to assist him in searching for a very valuable item in the form of a chest. Sparrow is also in pursuit of the key, the clues of which was given by Will's very own father Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgaard, the coolest name ever), which apparently opens the chest Davenport was searching.

I never new the happy meal could be so much trouble

In the middle of all of this is athe enigmatic but equally dreaded team of supernatural pirates led by the ocean's most dreaded force Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) and his ship, The Flying Dutchman.
Johhny Depp is, as always. brilliant in everything that he does. As Jack Sparrow he doesn't dissapoint. Although this movie's Jack is a little more confused and confuse-ing at the same time, his trademark swagger and drunk uncle-ness still proves to be the most influential fabricated characters in the past 5 years.
I have to say Orlando Bloom is flat in everything he has done so far post-Lord Of The Rings. Keira Knightley, effortlessly prettly. She can act, but she still has a lot to learn (hey didn't she get nominated last year?).

The true gem and main foundation of this movie is without a doubt Bill Nighy as Davey Jones. Freakin' Bill Nighy!!! You've seen him as Viktor in the first Underworld, in Love Actually as the aging rocker guy and in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxyas...well.. someone important. The thing is, behind all that CGI and makeup, Nighy comes accross as bright as the Carribbean sun. There really is no mistaking that it isn't him. His pirate swagger is so effective you really feel the dread once his peg leg starts thumping through the deck. The special effects, by the way are awesome in this movie, and very well executed. Escpecially the ones involving the giant octopus that swallows ships whole.

Entertaining and funny. The key to Pirates success is that it never takes itself too seriously. Its a movie about pirates! And treasure. It's supposed to be fun!

I got the fly first.... no I did!

Rocketboy's Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)


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