Captain Jack is back
The last time we saw Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) he had reclaimed the Black Pearl and was sailing out into the seas, but not without a heading. Several years ago, Jack made a pact with Davy Jones, king of the seas. Jones gave Jack the Black Pearl and in return Jack owes him his soul, if he is to remain captain of the Pearl for more than 13 years. This time has come now and Jack is desperately seeking for the mysterious Dead Man’s Chest, which the legend says, contains the means to kill the notorious Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). Meanwhile, William (Orlando Bloom) and Elisabeth’s (Keira Knightly) wedding gets postponed when they are arrested for their conspiring with a pirate. To regain their freedom, Will must find Sparrow and return his compass to the East Indian Trading Company. Will obviously accepts the mission and sets sail to retrace Sparrow’s steps, but of course nothing goes as planned.
Making a trilogy out of the immensely popular 2003 swash-buckler Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl was a no-brainer. But like micro-waved food, nothing tastes as good as the real deal. Dead Man’s Chest is longer, has huger sets, glossier locations and more frantic action set pieces but is only half as smart, funny and entertaining as his predecessor. The story is mediocre at best and is more of an excuse to get the protagonists into neck breaking chases and fights than anything else. As a result the movie lives and falls with the performance of Johnny Depp. Even though not many new facettes of his character are revealed he manages to carry the movie basically on his own. Despite this achievement, nothing is really fresh or original and instead of bringing nearly every character back from the first installment we would have liked to be introduced to some new memorable individuals rather than some CGI sea monsters. Since the production of next year’s At World’s End has already wrapped we are not setting our hopes to high for the last chapter in the trilogy either. Not a must-sea. (2.5. out 4 flying dutchmen)