Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Release Date: 6th July 2006 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: M
Runtime: 145 minutes

Budget: $225,000,00

Box Office Gross: $1,066,179,725 

Plot Summary
Once again we're plunged into a world of sword fights and "savvy" pirates. Captain Jack Sparrow is reminded he owes a debt to Davy Jones, who captains the Flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship with a crew from hell. Facing the "locker" Jack must find the heart of Davy Jones but to save himself he must get the help of quick-witted Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. If that's not complicated enough, Will and Elizabeth are sentenced to hang unless Will can get Jack's compass for Lord Cutler Beckett. Will is forced to join another crazy adventure with Jack.

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow
Bill Nighy - Davy Jones
Orlando Bloom - Will Turner
Keira Knightely - Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport - Norrington
Jonathan Pryce - Governor Weatherby Swann
Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs 
Stellar Skarsgard - Bootstrap Bill
Lee Arenberg - Pintel
Mackenzie Crook - Ragetti

Tom Hollander - Cutler Beckett
Naomie Harris - Tia Dalma
David Bailie - Cotton
Martin Klebba - Marty
David Schofield - Mercer

Alex Norton - Captain Bellamy
Geoffrey Rush - Hector Barbossa
Dermot Keaney - Maccus
Andy Beckwith - Clanker
Clive Ashborn - Koleniko
Reggie Lee - Hadras
Christopher Adamson - Jimmy Legs
Jonathan Linsley - Ogilvely
John Boswall - Wyvern
Max Baker - Burser
Steve Speirs - Quartermaster
Lauren Maher - Scarlett
Vanessa Branch - Giselle 

Director - Gore Verbinski
Based on Characters/Writers - Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Based on Characters - Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert
Executive Producers - Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Bruce Hendricks
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Eric McLeod
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Historical Advisor - Peter Twist
Production Designer - Rick Heinrichs
Costume Designer - Penny Rose
Makeup Effects Creator/
Department Head - Ve Neill
Director of Photography - Dariusz Wolski
Second Unit Director: Dominica/Stunt Coordinator - George Marshall Ruge 
Sword Master/Specialist (Uncredited)/Stunt Double: Jack Davenport - Thomas DuPont
Special Effects Supervisors - Allen Hall and Michael Lantieri
Visual Effects Supervisors - John Knoll, Huseyin Caner and Alex Frisch
Visual Effects Supervisor: 
Additional Visuals - Charles 
Additional Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM - Bill George and Roger Guyett
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Hal T. Hickel
Film Editors - Craig Wood and Stephen Rivkin
Music Supervisor - Bob Badami
Music - Hans Zimmer
Composer: Theme Music - Klaus Badelt


2007 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Allen Hall and Charles Gibson (Won)
Best Art Direction - Rick Heinrichs and Cheryl Carasik (Nominated)
Best Sound Mixing - Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Christopher Boyes and George Watters II (Nominated)

While THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL received a standing ovation of being a worthy pirate film, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels were not as well-known as the original and are a mixed bag among viewers. I barely watched them (except for ON STRANGER TIDES), but now is the time to watch all entries in a canonical order before I go see DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES in theatres. DEAD MAN'S CHEST was the middle child of the series and is unable to surpass the standards of the previous film. The crucial display of balancing action and comedy is nowhere to be found as the plot becomes too convoluted with some exposition. Director Gore Verbinski and the screen writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio become caught up with the first film's success as Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer wanted DEAD MAN'S CHEST to be bigger and better than the last movie. This sequel was too slickly overproduced to be considered as an even better sequel despite all the great lengths that came with the lavish scenery, brilliant sword fighting and extravagant visuals. Sadly, these aspects were simply not enough to save the second instalment from a fair scale of rating.

Johnny Depp was almost as funny when continuing his role of Captain Jack Sparrow after he had astonished audiences in the character's big debut of the first film. He was very sincere that he was cheeky and unrestrained and to amuse himself of his improvised acting. Actor Bill Nighy was in a hideous disguise as the squid-like part crustacean pirate of Davy Jones when he was cast into that antagonist role. This has to do with the computer-generated imagery that camouflaged him to look very fishy in this transformation. The rousing adventurous score by Hans Zimmer was incredible it included strings, pipes and concussions to create a sound familiar to the original themes by Klaus Badelt.

DEAD MAN'S CHEST was a bit disjointed but nonetheless a decent addition to the PIRATES franchise. It's not the best of the sequels, but easy come easy go, it's a mildly entertaining film to say the least. Highly recommended to those who were fans of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movies.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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