One of these days, I will learn to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to watching sequels. In every instance, I have already seen the original; however, so much time has passed that I forget to watch it again before watching its sequel. A movie like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" is so unique that I lucked up and was able to still have crucial elements fresh in my mind while watching "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest".
Johnny Depp reprises his role as Jack Sparrow in the second installment to the "Pirates" series. He's the captain of the ship the Black Pearl the first movie focused on and this time, he's after the heart of Davy Jones.
The one thing that I noticed in the first film and in "Dead Man's Chest" was the style in which Depp portrayed Sparrow. He plays him very effeminate for a pirate. That seems a little ironic when their breed is supposed to be known for tons of bravado. It seems to be in mannerisms only because Sparrow does appear to be very much attracted to women. It's just a little odd that a character who would be lacking masculinity would be leading a group of thugs and villains who you would think would look for someone with much more machismo.
The best part of this film was easily the special effects that provide a new screen villain to be reckoned with. Davy Jones looked so authentic with his hybrid squid face that you find yourself distracted by the appearance and lose track of what he's saying. In fact, all of the special effects throughout this film made it extremely enjoyable.
Production was already underway for the third film, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" when "Dead Man's Chest" hit theaters. Therefore, when they end it with a "Wrath of Khan"-esque conclusion, you're already wanting more. As if the overall content of the movie itself wasn't enough. When "At World's End" is released next year, this time I just might have to do what I can to make sure I actually check it out in theaters.
My rating: A