Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action Adventure
Release date: July 7, 2006
Running Time: 151mins.
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Lots of swashbuckling action, Hilarious at times, Great soundtrack.
The Bad: Not as good as first one, Johnny Depp's preformance was lacking,
The wedding for Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is disrupted with the arrival of Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Trading Co. who has warrants to arrest the two and the ex-Commodore James Norrington for helping Captain Jack Sparrow to evade his hanging. Elizabeth is imprisoned while Beckett negotiates with Will to locate Jack and retrieve his compass which has the ability to point in the direction of what a person most desires. At the same time, Jack Sparrow reveals to his crew on the Black Pearl that they are going to find a mysterious key. Jack is approached by a reincarnated Bootstrap Bill Turner, Will's long-deceased father, who reveals he is now part of the crew of The Flying Dutchman captained by Davy Jones, and Jack must pay his debt to him – Jack asking Jones to raise his ship from the depths and make him captain for thirteen years. In exchange, Jack must now serve aboard the Dutchman for 100 years. Bootstrap further tells Jack that Jones' beast, the Kraken, will be sent after him unless he pays his debt. In panic, Jack sails the Black Pearl to the nearest land.
Will searches for Jack, eventually finding the Black Pearl on Pelegosto where a tribe of cannibals worship Jack as a god and plan to eat him. Jack, Will and surviving crew members escape the island, joined by Pintel and Ragetti, former members of the Black Pearl crew who escaped execution. Elizabeth escapes jail with help from her father Weatherby Swann but he is captured while Elizabeth is sent off by Beckett to offer Letters of Marque to Jack in return for the compass. Jack and his crew visit voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, who tells them that the key unlocks the Dead Man's Chest where Davy Jones' cut-out heart is hidden; the key is in possession of Jones. Tia also gives Jack a jar of dirt to protect him from Jones, since Jones is cursed to touch land only once every ten years.
Upon finding a damaged ship, Jack sends Will aboard to "settle" his debt with Jones. Will is captured by the fish-like crewmen of the Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones reunites with Jack, forcing him to gather one-hundred souls in three days for his deal to be called off. Will is drafted onto the Dutchman, where he meets his father, Bootstrap Bill. After tricking Jones into revealing the location of the key, Will manages to steal it from Jones while he is sleeping and escapes the ship with the promise to rescue Bootstrap. Jack and his crew stop in Tortuga, where Elizabeth and a drunken Norrington join them.
Plot: 7.1/10- The plot was a little too all over the place at times.
Action: 8.0/10- Lots of swashbuckling action.
Acting: 7.6/10- Johnny Depp was not as funny as before but he still had a solid performance.
Special effects: 8.6/10- The Flying Dutchman's crew looked very good but some of the effect weren't the best they could have been.
Soundtrack: 9.8/10- Same great soundtrack as the first.
Comedy:9.0/10- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a very funny movie.
Overall: 7.7/10- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a good movie but not as good as the first.
Closing comments: If you like the first one you should like this also.
Recommended for: Action Adventure fans, Johnny Depp fans, Orlando Bloom fans, Pirate fans.