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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (12A)
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

When Pirates of the Caribbean came out in 2003, to be honest, I didn't think it was as good as everyone said it was. However, I got it on DVD, watched it a squillion times, and finally decided that whilst it wasn't a very good film, and it was damn good fun. And it was full of beautiful people.

Cap'n Jack Sparrow attempts to buckle some swash
Cap'n Jack Sparrow attempts to buckle some swash

Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp can rightly take a lot of credit for the success of that film, which, rather strangely, was based on a ride at one of Disney's theme parks. And so producer Jerry Bruckheimer wasted no time in signing up the principal cast members and the director for two sequels, to be filmed back to back.

The wait is over and Dead Man's Chest, the second part of the story, is currently blowing up a storm at cinemas. This time the East India Trading Company have stepped up their quest to become evil over-rulers of the high seas, and Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is in a (black) spot of trouble with Davy Jones, who seems to own Sparrow's soul as well as a locker somewhere.

The Knightley and Bloom are still hanging around together, although they seem to have less to do in this film. In fact, it's quite bizarre that this film is very long and full of action and comedy, and yet I can't recall the principal characters actually being in it that much.

Nevertheless, this film manages to reproduce everything that was so good about the first one: Depp's character is as hilarious and entertaining as he ever was, the action is top notch, the special effects are much better than the first instalment and there's plenty of humour too.

My minor quibble would be that there's probably no reason for this film to be as long as it is, but unlike King Kong, for example, this never drags on and doesn't feel stretched. Dead Man's Chest definitely fulfils all the requirements of the second part of a trilogy, but does smack a little bit too much of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as a result. Most importantly though, it will leave you crying out for the final part of the story, which is due to be released next year. A must see as far as I'm concerned!

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Length: 150 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/pirates/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383574/
Release Date: 6th July 2006

Top Five Rating: 80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0%80.0% (80.0%)
User Rating: 63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3%63.3% (63.3%)

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