From time to time I will post my reviews of various movies, video games, books, etc... So for my first review, I'm reviewing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
The sequel to the surprise hit, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is as good, if not better, than its predecessor in every way. Everyone's favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, is in deep trouble because of a debt he owes to the mysterious Davy Jones. Without giving too much away, both Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan get swept up into the adventure as well. You'll also meet up with Commodore Norrington, Bootstrap Bill, and a couple of new character's as well. There is another character who makes a surprise appearance which I couldn't possibly give away (If you really want to know who it is just look at the cast for the 1st and 2nd movie).
I must confess that I didn't even see the first film until a year or so after its release. It was one of those movies that I wanted to go see, but I never really got around to it. After seeing the first movie, I was completely blown away. I definitely regret not watching it in theaters. It was such a great movie, combining so many different elements to create a really "fun" picture. I was so eagerly awaiting this movie that I actually feared that I would have a big letdown. I need not have worried becuase everything you loved about the first film returns in heavy doses: more Jack, more action, creepier baddies, and a very intriguing plot. Those thinking of watching Dead Man's Chest without having seen Curse of the Black Pearl shouldn't even bother. Many of the movie's funniest moments come when characters make reference to events that took place in first film.
Some have criticized Pirates' length. Coming in right at 2 1/2 hours, the film is fairly lenghty; however, I feel the length is just right. The movie flowed at a very good pace, providing a nice combinination of action, drama, and comedy. So many movies these days end so quickly that you feel cheated after it's over, even if it is a good movie. Leaving the theather after Pirates feels quite satisfying. That being said, by no means will you leave the theater without begging for more. The conclusion of Dead Man's Chest will leave even the most casual fan stunned. Needless to say, this cliff-hanger ending will have everyone rushing off to see Pirates 3 next Summer. Dead Man's Chest will take you on one heck of a ride, a long one at that, and leave everyone screaming for more. Most of my favorite movies are what many call "epic." I don't really see Pirates of the Caribbean as epic, but looking at the overall story does create a bit of an "epic" feel. These movies are just so "fun" that both are among my favorite movies of all-time.