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  • Chances are, if you enjoyed the first Pirates movie, you'll absolutely love this one too
  • While I don't think this film has the longevity of Curse of the Black Pearl, fans of the first movie owe it to themselves to give this one a watch

    • by Vinayak Ravindran

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      Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew are back in another action-packed adventure that will have you absolutely begging for more come credit-roll. In response to the phenomenally good reception of the first Pirates film, director Gore Verbinski took it upon himself to create and release a sequel three years later. With the entire cast back for another ride, fans of the first movie were thrilled at the news. Chances are, if you enjoyed the first Pirates movie, you’ll absolutely love this one too. Pirates naysayers might be more apalled at the movie’s direction, however, but I would still encourage

      one viewing before dismissing the film entirely.

      The film’s villain this time is Davy Jones. If you thought Barbossa’s ghastly presence in the first movie was frightful, Jones’ truly heartless nature will chill you to the bone, as it did to me. Special effects on Davy Jones’ ship the Flying Dutchman and the crew are masterfully done - a perfect balance was struck between impressive CG and believability. I have to give props to the artists in that regard, for sure.

      While many complained about the direction of the plotline in Dead Man’s Chest (some felt that it was far too ...

      • scatterbrained for its own good), I really felt the opposite way. Indeed, the almost completely linear approach from Curse of the Black Pearl is missing here, and the film is littered with many sub-adventures and escapades as the characters get sidetracked into increasingly stranger things. By the film’s conclusion, many of these issues remain resolved to provide for anticipation for the final movie in the Pirates trilogy. While it may have been slightly unfulfilling to some fans, I felt like the movie kept me begging for more and this is no doubt a good thing.

        In the end, the film

        is mostly fanservice for people who enjoyed the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Newcomers to the series might be disoriented by the sheer amount of characters and miss out on a few inside jokes (as well as the beautiful backstories involved with some of the characters, which are never touched upon in this movie). Fans of the series, however, can expect another thrilling adventure that they’ll remember for years.

        While I don’t think this film has the longevity of Curse of the Black Pearl, fans of the first movie owe it to themselves to give this one a watch. It’s great entertainment.

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