Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
I feel safe in saying that the Pirates trilogy are three films I could watch over and over (not the fourth, that doesn’t even count as a POTC movie…). With that being said, I now move onto Pirates 2; probably the best one-or at least the one I’ve seen the most by far as I have memorized more than a few lines.. Now the first one was also damn good, so don’t hate me for saying Dead Man’s Chest is my favorite.
Now there are a few things that happened between Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest, namely having to do with Norrington pursuing Jack. We start off with the consequences of the ending being felt immediately with the arrests of Will and Elizabeth. Naturally deals are struck by and against Captain Jack that all revolve around a certain chest and the one and only Davey Jones.
Along the way Will Turner is reunited with his father, we meet the Kracken, Elizabeth continues her trilogy character arc (because at the end of it you realize how amazing her transformation is), and the East India Trading Company tries to take over the world.
With global juggernaut Disney and Hollywood super producer Jerry Bruckheimer behind them, it’s no surprise that the scope is absolutely huge…and that’s one of the things I love about the trilogy-it’s freaking huge. The set pieces are amazing, the sword fights get more dramatic every time, and the boats are truly a sight. And yes, I was totally sold on the water wheel fight alone. Perfect.
I also wanted to toast the cast and the script. Even the bad guy Lord Beckett gets some considerably amusing dialog. The Pirates trilogy also managed to do the difficult thing and do things right. They found a great cast whose chemistry, timing, and delivery only got better. I mean, they managed to keep a core eleven (give or take) signed on for three movies and not one of them phoned it in. Of course, to help this, Disney helped themselves by filming 2 & 3 back to back.
I’m listening *intently*
There is not much I don’t like about the movie. In fact, out of everything I’d say one line exists as the one thing I don’t like (running in the cage; “lift it like a lady’s skirt” or something). I understand why he said it and the point he was trying to make but am not sure of the purpose in the movie since the guy had his own way of saying pretty much everything. It may be a nitpick, but very few films deserve the ultimate honor of A Toast.
This is the rare big movie with a very famous cast which can be viewed and liked by anyone at any age.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for the jar of dirt
Take a Drink: every time Jack and someone else run around in circles dialog wise
Drink a Shot: for The Kracken!