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Pirates of the Caribbean:... (2006)
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Review Date: July 02, 2006
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Actors:
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth
Plot:
Captain Jack Sparrow is back on the high seas, this time, searching for a special key that will unlock a little something-something called the Dead Man’s Chest. Along the way, a pissed-off pirate by the name of Davy Jones runs into him, and wants to nab his soul. So, as per any great pirate, Sparrow trades down and continues on his search. At the same time, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley also join the party & the chase, the swash-buckling, the back-stabbin’ pirates, the ass-to-mouth…all that fun stuff, ensues!
Critique:
Looks like Disney hit the lotto with this franchise. Not only have they snagged three ultra-hot actors to star in their pirate trilogy, but they’re running an “all ages” gamut that would have everyone from my granny to my parents to my drinking buddies, my sister and her gossipy friends and even soccer moms and asshole dads, loving this shit! It’s the ultimate summer action-adventure creature-feature with tons of action, plenty of adventure, oodles of fun, a tinge of romance, a gaggle of creepy underwater pirates, monsters and anything else you could imagine stuffed inside a two-and-a-half hour fun-ride that tops its predecessor in pace, action, special effects and ultimately (for me, at least), entertainment. This is the movie that everyone has likely been waiting for all summer, so that they can hang back, roll a J, swig a Coke, slap some nachos down their throats and make out with their better half, as they watch an all-out bag o’ cinematic fun unroll before their eyes. Yeah, I might be overselling this puppy, but after watching SUPERMAN RETURNS invest $225+ million into a good motion picture that doesn’t seem to have much of that dough “on the screen”, I can honestly say that PIRATES 2 (with an even lower budget), puts every single one of its dimes on the screen…and more! (and they also gotta pay three well-known actors)

The final hour of this movie is almost non-stop action, with special effects and characters melded by CGI truly taking the film to a whole other level of fun. I’m not exactly sure how Davy Jones and his pack of gnarly pirates were created, but I imagine that it was a combination of actual dudes in grungy outfits and plenty of computer wizardry, but it all works to perfection and in a film such as this, it all comes together to create an epic otherworld that is both believable and highly enjoyable to watch—unless you’re creeped out by stuff like that, in which case, their barnacle-pimpled faces might not suit your fancy. Sure, the film doesn’t necessarily start off with a bang, but as soon as the “adventure” gets going, I don’t think the film let up for a minute with cannibals, nasty pirates, swashbuckling and something called “The Cracken” (two words: awe-some!) all jockeying for position throughout the film’s many enjoyable sequences. But even with the action and adventure aside, let’s not forget about the three lead characters who all do admirable jobs here, specifically the man who goes by the name of Jonathan Depp, who once more steals plenty of scenes and continues to have a blast with his over-the-top pirate with questionable scruples.

Kudos to Disney for creating a movie that stars a man without a perfect moral stance, and with plenty of love for “the drink”. My kind of guy! I do wish there had been more of Keira Knightley though (she only shows up about halfway through the flick and even then, she’s fully dressed…bummer) and more bloody stuff and gore, but it’s the house of Mickey Mouse after all, so don’t go in expecting anything over and above its PG-13 rating. There are plenty of kills and fights and what-not though, but none feature anything too graphic, with plenty of off-camera stuff left to the imagination of the viewer. But the film’s enjoyable nonetheless, with a peppy score booming through every scene, action up the backside and even a tender moment or two, with a reason to care about certain peoples (go Skarsgaard!). One thing that you really do need to know though is that this film is the middle part of the trilogy, so do NOT expect it to finish…smoothly. The ending is about as abrupt as they come, and will leave those in the audience who are not aware of a third movie, wondering what the hell just happened (as per certain people in my audience). I think it would have been wise of Disney to fade to black and announce something like “See you all next summer for PIRATES 3” or some shit, but alas, I knew what was up with the series, and dug the way they laid this one out in a sweet cliffhanger as they did. Yet another pirates life for me…next summer! Note: Unlike many others, I didn’t go ga-ga over the original PIRATES flick. I thought it was “alright”, but this one is the bee’s knees.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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5:42AM on 08/14/2006
@badwolf that's what happenes if people like you, know nothing about movies, don't watch the movie to the end.

For the film. Same as Joblo. I never understand the hype about the first one. It was good, ya and finally a new pirates movie since about 11 years (since Cutthroat Island I guess), but the second one was great.
@badwolf that's what happenes if people like you, know nothing about movies, don't watch the movie to the end.

For the film. Same as Joblo. I never understand the hype about the first one. It was good, ya and finally a new pirates movie since about 11 years (since Cutthroat Island I guess), but the second one was great.
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4:57PM on 07/31/2006
This is one hell of a ride. It's a much darker and more mature film than the first one was, but still maintains that sense of excitement and entertainment, which is ultimately, the reason this franchise exists. Everything from the acting, the special effects (the giant squid-octopus-thingy was badass), and of course, Mr. Depp, who steals the show once again, and is actually slightly more brooding this time around (I'd be too if I had to face someone like Davy Jones--brrrrrrr). Only slightly,
This is one hell of a ride. It's a much darker and more mature film than the first one was, but still maintains that sense of excitement and entertainment, which is ultimately, the reason this franchise exists. Everything from the acting, the special effects (the giant squid-octopus-thingy was badass), and of course, Mr. Depp, who steals the show once again, and is actually slightly more brooding this time around (I'd be too if I had to face someone like Davy Jones--brrrrrrr). Only slightly, though, as he does continue to walk funny (that still cracks me up) and spit out great lines. Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom also did solid work here, and I especially liked Keira's involvement. Bloom was much better this time around, I don't know if it's just me, but he seems to be getting more confident. Might be just me.

I gotta hand it to Verbinski for making this film look visually stunning, with darkness surrounding nearly every frame of the film, as well as the strong visual effects. An Oscar for visual effects should definitely be in this film's future.

All in all, a great time at the movies. It gave me pretty much everything I want from a summer action flick. Bring on part 3!!!!
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8:42PM on 07/16/2006

Disappointed

First of all, let me begin by saying that I'm a big fan of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" and have been pumped about "Dead Man's Chest" since hearing about it. But after seeing the sequel, I was a little disappointed. I thought "Dead Man's Chest" moved painfully slow towards coming to what was an inconclusive movie. When I came to the end of "Dead Man's Chest" I felt like it was The Matrix Reloaded all over again. I'm sure those that have seen the movie, know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.
First of all, let me begin by saying that I'm a big fan of "The Curse of the Black Pearl" and have been pumped about "Dead Man's Chest" since hearing about it. But after seeing the sequel, I was a little disappointed. I thought "Dead Man's Chest" moved painfully slow towards coming to what was an inconclusive movie. When I came to the end of "Dead Man's Chest" I felt like it was The Matrix Reloaded all over again. I'm sure those that have seen the movie, know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly that Pirates is a great family, and kid friendly franchise but how many of you with kids would take your child to see a movie that's almost 3 hours long? Or better yet, how many of you have children that would sit through a 3 hour long movie? So ask yourself, did Disney produce this movie to carry on the story of Pirates or did they make it to cash in on the bank that the Black Pearl brought in?

I agree with some of the other reviews in the fact that there's no backdrop or history recap, and would like to ask everyone... Who the hell is Davy Jones and where did he come from? From the beginning to the end, they don't do a good job of explaining anything. All we know is that everyone is scared of Davy Jones, and "the Cracken" does Jones' bidding. One other thing I didn't like about the sequel is that we're not really given a timeframe from the time Black Pearl ends and Dead Man's Chest begins. Does anyone else out there feel that there could be an entirely seperate movie in between The original and the sequel?

We'll be talking about this on our internet radio show.. Stupid Movie Show can be heard on www.springfieldtalk.com every friday night from 8pm - 10pm central time.

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8:23AM on 07/12/2006
This sequel follows what the first one basically did - offer a fun ass time at the movies. It takes the sword-fighting, sea battles, and the supernatural and takes them to a higher level of excitement and fun.

This time around, Capt. Jack Sparrow is trying to prevent his soul from being taken by Davey Jones - the Caribbean's version of the devil, and he takes people's souls by making them sea-men and makes them his crew. Sparrow is once again joined by Will Turner and his fiancee
This sequel follows what the first one basically did - offer a fun ass time at the movies. It takes the sword-fighting, sea battles, and the supernatural and takes them to a higher level of excitement and fun.

This time around, Capt. Jack Sparrow is trying to prevent his soul from being taken by Davey Jones - the Caribbean's version of the devil, and he takes people's souls by making them sea-men and makes them his crew. Sparrow is once again joined by Will Turner and his fiancee Elizabeth, as they are in their own bit of legal trouble. The three of them, along with Sparrow's crew aboard the Black Pearl, fight off Jones' crew, a sea monster, and each other in this great pirate adventure.

Of course Jack Sparrow, excuse me . . . Captain Jack Sparrow is still funny and steals the show whenever he's onscreen. Johnny Depp really found himself a cinematic winner when he created this character. He's still got the great one-liners, goofy mannerisms, but still knows how to be a part of some great action scenes.

You see a lot of familiar faces from the first movie, including Elizabeth's father - the governor, and we get to see what's happened to the Commodore and how his life has turned out since the last one. He does feature into the story very prominently and should make for an interesting finale to the trilogy. There is an added storyline as to the legal troubles of Will and Elizabeth (and her father), and the guy who arrested them and his motives - but that storyline fades quickly once we follow Sparrow and his crew more (which is basically what we want - right?). And speaking of added storylines and fathers, we also meet Will Turner's pop - known as "Bootstrap Bill" who's gotten himself into Jones' crew and helps out his son along the way.

The finale of this movie is absolutely fantastic. Props go out to director Gore Verbinski and the special effects people for not only making an exciting sea monster vs. boat sequence with lots of suspense, great camera shots, and bravery by our heroes and all - but also for making the pirate baddies look freaky as hell, but also quite lifelike. Lots of good stuff. And the very last scene is one to be remembered and, again, should make the final movie in the trilogy one to look forward to. This is one great summer movie!!
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5:54PM on 07/10/2006

Try it one more time

The first time I saw the movie, I thought it kind of dragged in places and was overly long. The second time I enjoyed it much, much more and the time flew by. Thinking about it, I realize the first time I had other things on my mind which distracted me, but the second time I was prepared to just get into the movie. So, maybe if you see it again you would like it better the second time. Anyway, Long Live Captain Jack Sparrow!
The first time I saw the movie, I thought it kind of dragged in places and was overly long. The second time I enjoyed it much, much more and the time flew by. Thinking about it, I realize the first time I had other things on my mind which distracted me, but the second time I was prepared to just get into the movie. So, maybe if you see it again you would like it better the second time. Anyway, Long Live Captain Jack Sparrow!
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12:45PM on 07/10/2006

Certainly a Step Down

Let me just say that I was a pretty big fan of the first Pirates, and the whole kid-friendly, yet adult-accessible setting sort of took me by surprise back when it came out. But, from the moment that Dead Man's Chest started, to the final action-sequence (which was crazy awesome), I felt like I was playing catch up. I haven't seen the first one in a while, and this movie starts with literally NO BACKDROP. Anyone who hadn't seen the first one (though I don't know who wouldn't) would have been
Let me just say that I was a pretty big fan of the first Pirates, and the whole kid-friendly, yet adult-accessible setting sort of took me by surprise back when it came out. But, from the moment that Dead Man's Chest started, to the final action-sequence (which was crazy awesome), I felt like I was playing catch up. I haven't seen the first one in a while, and this movie starts with literally NO BACKDROP. Anyone who hadn't seen the first one (though I don't know who wouldn't) would have been totally lost. The pace of the film glosses over important plot points without giving any semblance of a why or how (the native island), so there is no real logic to what is happening. I guess the writers also felt that they had developed the characters enough in the first to warrant any sort of developement here which bugged me. Johnny Depp's nuanced performance was reduced to a paper thin caricature who made silly faces, because the break-neck pace of the movie didn't really allow for anything else. The end of the film though, was great. I gave up on trying to figure out the why's and how's by this point and had a great time. I'm eagerly awaiting World's End not only because of the finale in this movie, but because Dead Man's Chest Will probably make more sense in context. I wish I could be more happy for it's smash success at the box office, but the fact is spider-man, the previous title holder, was a great film quite worthy of that achievement. Pirates 2 is by all standards quite mediocre.
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2:18PM on 07/09/2006

Record Opening!?

$130 million dollars as first Box Office projections, that's insane. It's justifiable for sure, as the movie was worth the ticket price at least once, but damn. I see next weekend 70+ probably at least, as nothing good is coming. Hopefully A Scanner Darkly will do really good when it expands, then maybe they would release it even wider? But how is Warner taking Superman with 21 million, a big drop. It made most of it's gross to date in the first week, and I really don't see a pickup in the
$130 million dollars as first Box Office projections, that's insane. It's justifiable for sure, as the movie was worth the ticket price at least once, but damn. I see next weekend 70+ probably at least, as nothing good is coming. Hopefully A Scanner Darkly will do really good when it expands, then maybe they would release it even wider? But how is Warner taking Superman with 21 million, a big drop. It made most of it's gross to date in the first week, and I really don't see a pickup in the coming weeks, might stay the same next week, but won't go up. At least this will force Warner Bros. to tell Singer to make an all-new sequel and worth their f*cking money, Or He'll Never Work In Big Budgets AGAIN! (evil laugh of studio head)
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1:59PM on 07/09/2006

badwolf

If you watch the first one again, you will see that after the end credits have finished there's a shot of the monkey grabbing himself a piece of the Aztec gold and cursing himself again.
If you watch the first one again, you will see that after the end credits have finished there's a shot of the monkey grabbing himself a piece of the Aztec gold and cursing himself again.
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2:05AM on 07/09/2006

plether coat and ghost monkey's

it was really good and i dig the cliffhanger ending and all that jazz but there are just two things that really bugged me
1)wtf was up with orlando bloom's pleather coat. it really distracted me and i have no idea why. it just looks wierd and they are in the tropics so...
2) that freackin' ghost monkey. the curse should have been lifted in the first one right...so why the f**k is the monkey still cursed.
other than that it was really good, the acting was great, Johnny Depp was awsome as
it was really good and i dig the cliffhanger ending and all that jazz but there are just two things that really bugged me
1)wtf was up with orlando bloom's pleather coat. it really distracted me and i have no idea why. it just looks wierd and they are in the tropics so...
2) that freackin' ghost monkey. the curse should have been lifted in the first one right...so why the f**k is the monkey still cursed.
other than that it was really good, the acting was great, Johnny Depp was awsome as always, i even liked orlando bloom's acting. so yea it was a solid flick.
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12:00AM on 07/09/2006

It was Good, but not Great

Depp was in top form again, but I found myself almost hating him than loving him. Sparrow is very much like Lando in this movie. The action was good, but I felt there was too much time between the different set pieces they had. The ending was spectacular though. One of my favorite endings to a movie. I liked the original better though, mostly because it was more fun. I think I'll end up liking this movie a lot better once I see the third film.
Depp was in top form again, but I found myself almost hating him than loving him. Sparrow is very much like Lando in this movie. The action was good, but I felt there was too much time between the different set pieces they had. The ending was spectacular though. One of my favorite endings to a movie. I liked the original better though, mostly because it was more fun. I think I'll end up liking this movie a lot better once I see the third film.
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