Saturday, July 22, 2006

Review: Pirates of the Caribbean 2

Last night I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I was a fan of the first one and friends who had seen it said 'if you liked that, you'll like this'. By and large they were right, the slapstic moments come thick and fast and several times I was laughing out loud during the film.

However, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were pretty rubbish like in the previous effort, and while Depp still dazzles as Jack Sparrow it is only really the new character of Davy Jones that really grabs the attention.
The plot ideas aren't really original (anybody who's the played the Monkey Island computer games will feel right at home in some scenes), and at two and half hours the film is 30 minutes too long.

Still it is worth going to see and good way to spend an evening, I will definately be going to see the final part of the trilogy.

Edit: The following night I finally got round to seeing The Shawshank Redemption. Comparing this to POTC is like comparing To Kill a Mocking Bird to Winnie the Pooh.


Stacey said...

I really want to see POTC 2. My husband and I greatly enjoyed the first movie. But you never know about sequels. I haven't seen too many sequels that were as good as the first movie. Now Shrek 2 might be another story. :)

Rich said...

I agree, I enjoyed it, but I was perhaps a little dissapointed as it wasn't as great as the first. Possibly because the Jack Sparrow character wasn't a novelty. At least it doesn't have the huge plot holes of Superman Returns!

Nice blog by the way.

Alun said...

Thanks, richie!