Review Date: July 02, 2006
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth
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.