17 July 2014

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest 2006
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Based on book: No.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Bill Nighy, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Geoffrey Rush – Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4, The King’s Speech, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Golden Age, Intolerable Cruelty, Ned Kelly, The Banger Sisters, Frida, Lantana, Shakespeare in Love, Les Miserables, Shine, Twelfth Night
    • Orlando Bloom – Extras, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Lord of the Rings et al, Ned Kelly
    • Kiera Knightly – Never Let Me Go, Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean (the others), Love Actually
    • Jack Davenport – the other Pirates, The Boat that Rocked, The Libertine
    • Jonathan Pryce – Cranford, The Brothers Grimm, Very Annie Mary, Evita, Glengarry  Glen Ross, Brazil, Timon of Athens, Voyage of the Damned
    • Mackenzie Crook – Merlin (Cedric, Season 2:1), The Brothers Grimm, Finding Neverland, The Merchant of Venice
    • Bill Nighy - Hotel Marigold, Love Actually, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part One, The Girl in the Café, The Boat that Rocked, Shaun of the Dead
    • Stellan Skarsgård - Thor, Mamma Mia, The Glass House, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Amistad, Breaking the Waves, Den enfaldige mördaren
    • Tom Hollander - Hanna, The Soloist, In the Loop, Valkyrie, The Libertine, Elizabeth the Golden Age, A Good Year, The Darwin Awards, A Mother’s Son
    • Naomie Harris – Tristram Shandy, Twenty-Eight Days Later, White Teeth
  • Why? JD. 32nd in JD marathon
  • Seen:  Twice before. Now: July 11, 2014
Dire straights indeed. Elizabeth and Will arrested. On their wedding day. Condemned to death. For aiding and abetting a criminal.  Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Sparrow.  Who we then see shooting his way out of a floating coffin.
After that it gets silly with Jack the god-king-captive of a gang of savages in the very worst of stereotype parody – but it’s funny and rollicking and exciting.
There’s not enough story to disturb the action or the laughs. It seems to be about Davy Jones’s locker and the heart locked into it because of unrequited love and Jack has to find it because...well, I’m not really sure why.  Even watching it the third time I don’t quite get it.  But that’s OK. It’s not for the intellectual profoundness that one watches The Pirates of the Caribbean, now is it?
Come to think of it though, a bit more story wouldn’t hurt.  And it does rather go on a bit.
So not the completely on-target hit of the first one but it still has laughs and nail-biting. Like much of the rest of the world I simply love Jack Sparrow.  I love Bill Nighy as well even if he has evil writhing yucky suction tentacles all over his face.
And the ending lifts the film to

3 ½ * of 5

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