Monday, December 1, 2014

Movie of the Week – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Captain Jack Sparrow is desperate to find Davy Jones’s heart (the means for controlling him) to avoid handing over his soul into Jones’s servitude for one-hundred years. Meanwhile, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann’s wedding is interrupted by Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Company, putting them both under arrest for aiding Sparrow. Beckett, however, is willing to make a deal with them in exchange for the retrieval of Sparrow’s magic compass.

Director Gore Verbinski returns, but this time he has an even better creative team with composer Hans Zimmer (who delivers a great score, building on the iconic theme from The Curse of the Black Pearl), cinematographer Dariusz Wolski (who also returns) and production designer Rick Heinrichs.

Stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom also return, as do supporting cast members Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, and Kevin McNally. Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander join the cast playing the fantastic villains Davy Jones and Cutler Beckett, as does Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris.

Dead Man’s Chest is my favorite of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. It features very fun action set pieces (I especially like the battle for the chest on the island near the end). Hans Zimmer’s score is fantastic. I love his theme for Davy Jones and the Kraken. Bill Nighy’s Davy Jones is also one of my favorite villains. His performances is marvelous. And, the final Captain Jack Sparrow shot is brilliantly iconic. The film does what the Pirates of the Caribbean series does best: it is very fun, entertaining and exciting, filled with great characters and good jokes. The film does takes some of its action to a somewhat ridiculous height, but it all works well, resulting in a film that is very enjoyable to watch. The film leads into At World’s End – the two work as companion pieces.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video On-Demand

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