Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones’ service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film. It is the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). It was directed by Gore Verbinski, written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

In the film, the wedding of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is interrupted by Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), who wants Turner to acquire the compass of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a bid to find the Dead Man’s Chest. Sparrow discovers his debt to Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) is due.

Two sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl were conceived in 2004, with Elliott and Rossio developing a story arc that would span both films. Filming took place from February to September 2005 in Palos Verdes, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, and The Bahamas, as well as on sets constructed at Walt Disney Studios. It was shot back-to-back with the third film of the series, At World’s End (2007).

Dead Man’s Chest was released in the United States on July 7, 2006, and received mixed reviews, as the film received praise for its special effects, direction, action sequences, Hans Zimmer’s musical score, humor, and performances, particularly those of Depp and Nighy, but criticism for its running time and plot.

The film broke several records at the time, including the opening-weekend record in the United States with $136 million, the fastest film to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office (63 days), became the highest-grossing film of 2006, and was the highest-grossing film produced by Disney until it was surpassed by Toy Story 3 in 2010. The film received four nominations at the 79th Academy Awards (winning Best Visual Effects).

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Reviews

Before Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released, its arrival was greeted with skepticism. After all, this was a movie based on a theme park ride.

The production went on to be one of the best reviewed motion pictures of 2003, and “if” questions about a second installment became “when.” Because the follow-up story devised by director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio was too big for a single film, the filmmakers decided to make Pirates 2 and Pirates 3 back-to-back (as was done with The Matrix and Back to the Future sequels, and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy), providing less down time in between episodes.

The verdict for the middle movie of the proposed three-film arc: although not as much fun as its predecessor, it nevertheless delivers enough jaunty adventure and derring-do to keep fans entertained. The double-cliffhanger ending assures that audience members will be back for Pirates 3. In fact, if the movie didn’t look so good on the big screen, I might be tempted to recommend that viewers wait for the next movie to open, then rent this one and see them as a double-feature.

Pacing is a problem for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The 155-minute long film lurches through about 60 minutes of set-up before launching into its main story in earnest. The amount of time it takes Verbinski to get all the pieces in play makes the plot seem more complicated than it is.

Dead Man’s Chest is essentially a quest movie: find the key and chest, and use one to open the other. Of course, multiple factions want what’s inside the chest, so that sets up the conflict. Once everything is established, the movie offers plenty of what made the first one so popular, but there’s a sense that Dead Man’s Chest doesn’t need to be as long as it is.

Nearly everyone, favorites and not-so-favorites, are back. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are about to be married when they are arrested on charges that they abetted the escape of the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). (See events of the first film for details.) Lord Cutter Beckett (Tom Hollander), the man behind the warrants, doesn’t really want to see Will and Elizabeth die. He wants to cut a deal. If they agree to help him, he’ll see that they avoid the gallows.

All they have to do is locate Jack and persuade him to give up his magic compass. Will goes first, locates Jack, ends up captured by a bunch of cannibals who worship the good Captain as their god, then escapes with Jack and others onto the Black Pearl. Jack is searching for a mysterious key and an even more mysterious chest, but he’s not the only one. Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), a half-human half-squid who controls the mythological Kraken, also wants the chest, albeit for different reasons.

Finding the chest becomes a race, with Will trapped in between. Elizabeth frees herself from Lord Beckett’s clutches and joins the fray with the goal of saving Will, then discovers to her horror that she may be more romantically attracted to the devious Jack than her straight-as-an-arrow fiancé.

The comedy in Dead Man’s Chest is more subdued than in The Curse of the Black Pearl, but there’s still a strong sense of irreverence. One of the movie’s biggest action sequences, which takes place on an island and feature no less than five factions struggling for possession of two items, is heavily influenced not only by Errol Flynn but by Looney Tunes and the Three Stooges.

Yes, there’s sword action and ship-to-ship cannon action, but there’s also a runaway water wheel, characters fleeing hither and fro, and a monster that literally loses its head and keeps shouting orders. The movie isn’t as flip as its predecessor, but it avoids the deadly trap of taking itself too seriously. Then again, it’s hard to figure how a production with the central character of Captain Jack could ever stumble into that pitfall. As he was in The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack doesn’t know the meaning of the word “serious,” even when he’s staring into the maw of the Kraken.

If it’s the characters that keep film-goers coming back, there’s reason to rejoice. Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack has lost none of his swishy swagger. Depp is in peak form again, burying himself in the part and making the Captain the most dashing rogue this side of Han Solo. We don’t see much of it, but we believe Elizabeth when she asserts there’s a heart of gold inside the carefree exterior.

For her part, Knightley has grown into Elizabeth. The character feels more integral to the story than in The Curse of the Black Pearl, where she was more often than not the obligatory love interest. Dead Man’s Chest takes Elizabeth’s romantic life in an unexpected direction, as sparks fly between her and Jack. Knightley and Depp have chemistry; Knightley and Bloom do not. Therefore, this pairing makes sense. Plus, as there’s a submerged goodness in Jack, there’s a hidden devilish side to Elizabeth.

Orlando Bloom’s Will is a little more interesting this time around, but not much more. Bloom is adequate, and his legion of fans will have plenty to squeal about, but he is often overshadowed by Depp and/or Knightley. Actually, many of his scenes are with the CGI-enhanced Bill Nighy, whose voice is marginally more recognizable than his features. Davy Jones represents a creepy villain (splendidly rendered on a computer), but he lacks the vicious charm of Geoffrey Rush. Viewers will feel the absence of Barbarosa (although not his monkey).

Stellan Skarsgård joins the film as Will’s dead (?) father, Bootstrap Bill. (Death in the Pirates of the Caribbean universe is little more than a temporary inconvenience.) Jonathan Pryce (as Elizabeth’s father) and Jack Davenport (as Elizabeth’s former earnest suitor) both return, as do the comedic duo of Mackenzie Crook and Lee Arenberg as the series’ versions of C3PO and R2D2.

In essence, Dead Man’s Chest gives us an opportunity to join old friends on a new adventure that isn’t substantially different from the old one. Many of the same elements are here – ghost ships, the walking dead, hidden treasure – and that’s all right because it’s part of what we might now refer to as the “Pirates of the Caribbean formula.”

The slow, uneven beginning is more than compensated for by the rousing climax, and the last scene promises more of the same the next time around, with possibly greater things to come. If I had to choose between the first two films in terms of which provides the more full entertainment experience, I would pick The Curse of the Black Pearl, but Dead Man’s

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Credits

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (United States, 2006)

Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Jonathan Pryce, Naomie Harris, Kevin McNally, Jack Davenport, Stellan Skarsgård, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Tom Hollander
Screenplay: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski
Music: Hans Zimmer
U.S. Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Run Time: 2:35
U.S. Release Date: 2006-07-07
MPAA Rating: “PG-13” (Violence)
Subtitles: none
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Plot

The wedding of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is interrupted when Lord Cutler Beckett, chairman of the East India Trading Company, arrives with arrest warrants for them, and also for Commodore James Norrington, who allowed Captain Jack Sparrow to escape. Norrington has resigned and disappeared after losing the Navy’s flagship, HMS Dauntless, in a hurricane while pursuing Jack.

Meanwhile, Jack is visited by Will’s father, Bootstrap Bill Turner, aboard the Black Pearl. Bootstrap is a crewman on the Flying Dutchman, captained by Davy Jones. Jack previously bartered a deal with Jones to raise the Pearl from the depths, and must now join the Dutchman’s crew or be dragged to Davy Jones’ Locker by the Kraken. Meanwhile, Beckett promises to free Elizabeth if Will brings him Jack’s magical compass, which points to whatever the holder wants most.

Will finds Jack and the crew on an island and frees them from cannibals. After escaping the cannibals, Jack and the crew visit voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, who reveals Jones’ weakness is his heart, locked within the Dead Man’s Chest; Jack intends to find it and free himself from Jones’ service. Locating the Dutchman, Will makes a deal with Jack to find the key to the chest in return for Jack’s compass, but is tricked into joining Jones’ crew in Jack’s stead. Jones agrees to release Jack from their bargain in exchange for ninety-nine more souls.

Will meets his father aboard the Dutchman and learns that Jones possesses the key to the chest. Despite losing a game of Liar’s Dice to Jones, Will escapes with the key and is taken aboard the same ship Elizabeth was on. Jones sends the Kraken after him and sinks the ship, but Will again escapes.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth’s father Governor Swann frees her from jail but is captured himself. Elizabeth bargains with Beckett to find the compass herself and makes her way to Tortuga, where she finds both Jack and a drunken Norrington. Jack hires a new crew, including Elizabeth and Norrington, and Elizabeth uses the compass to find the chest. All parties arrive on Isla Cruces, where the chest is buried, but a three-way sword fight breaks out between Jack, Will, and Norrington, who all want the heart for their respective goals:

Jack wants to call off the Kraken and negate his debt to Jones; Will wants to release his father from the Dutchman; and Norrington wants to regain his life as a Navy officer. In the chaos, Norrington secretly steals the heart and runs off, pretending to lure away the Dutchmans crew. Jones attacks the Pearl with the Kraken, which kills most of the crew and destroys all but one of the Pearls lifeboats, but Jack, who briefly fled the battle, returns and wounds the Kraken with a net full of gunpowder and rum.

Jack orders the survivors to abandon ship, but Elizabeth, realizing the Kraken only wants Jack, tricks him by kissing him and chains him to the mast so that the crew can escape. The Kraken drags Jack and the Pearl to Davy Jones’ Locker, and Jones declares their debt is settled, but then opens the chest and discovers, to his rage, that his heart is gone.

In Port Royal, Norrington gives Beckett the heart and the Letters of Marque meant for Jack, allowing him back into the navy, as well as allowing Beckett to gain control of Davy Jones and the seas. The Pearls crew takes shelter with Tia Dalma, where they all agree to rescue Jack. Tia Dalma introduces the captain who will guide them: the resurrected Hector Barbossa.



Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Box office

Dead Man’s Chest earned $423,315,812 in North America and $642,863,913 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $1,066,179,725. Worldwide, it ranks as the 15th highest-grossing film distributed by Disney, the highest-grossing film of 2006, the third highest-grossing film of the 2000s, and the highest-grossing film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

It was the third film in history to reach the $1 billion mark worldwide, and it reached the mark in record time (63 days), a record that has since been surpassed by many films, of which the first was Avatar (in January 2010). 

In North America, the film broke many records including the largest opening- and single-day gross ($55.8 million), the biggest opening-weekend gross ($135.6 million), the least time to reach $100, $200 and $300 million and the highest ten-day gross. However, most of them were broken by Spider-Man 3 in May 2007 and The Dark Knight in July 2008. The film was in first place at the box office for three consecutive weekends.

By late August 2006, it would go on to break Finding Nemos record for becoming Disney’s highest-grossing film at the time. It closed in theaters on December 7, 2006, with a $423.3 million haul. Thus, in North America, it is the seventeenth-highest-grossing film, although, adjusted for inflation, the film ranks forty-eight. It is also the highest-grossing 2006 film,[50] the highest-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean film,  and the seventh-highest-grossing Disney film. The film sold an estimated 64,628,400 tickets in the US.

Outside North America, it is the twenty-first-highest-grossing film, the third-highest-grossing Pirates film, the eighth-highest-grossing Disney film and the highest-grossing film of 2006. It set opening-weekend records in Russia and the CIS, Ukraine, Finland, Malaysia, Singapore, Greece and Italy. It was on top of the box office outside North America for 9 consecutive weekends and 10 in total. It was the highest-grossing film of 2006 in Australia, Bulgaria, Germany,  Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and Thailand.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Critical Response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 53% based on 229 reviews, with an average rating of 6.00/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Gone is Depp’s unpredictability and much of the humor and originality of the first movie.”[70] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating to reviews, the film received an average score of 53 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating “mixed to average reviews”.[71] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A−” on an A+ to F scale.[72]

Michael Booth of The Denver Post gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it “two hours and 20 minutes of escapism that once again makes the movies safe for guilt-free fun.”[73] Drew McWeeny compared the film to The Empire Strikes Back, and also acclaimed its darkness in its depiction of the crew of the Flying Dutchman and its cliffhanger.[74] The completely computer-generated Davy Jones turned out to be so realistic that some reviewers mistakenly identified Nighy as wearing prosthetic makeup.[75][76]

A. O. Scott of The New York Times said, “You put down your money – still less than $10 in most cities – and in return you get two and a half hours of spirited swashbuckling, and Gore Verbinski has an appropriate sense of mischief, as a well as a gift, nearly equaling those of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, for integrating CGI seamlessly into his cinematic compositions.”

Empire magazine gave the film 3 stars saying “Depp is once again an unmitigated joy as Captain Sparrow, delivering another eye-darting, word-slurring turn with some wonderful slapstick flourishes. Indeed, Rossio and Elliot smartly exploit these in some wonderful action set-pieces.” “We don’t get the predictable ‘all friends together on the same quest’ structure, and there’s a surfeit of surprises, crosses and double-crosses and cheeky character beats which stay true to the original’s anti-heroic sense of fun.

After all, Jack Sparrow is a pirate, a bad guy in a hero’s hat, a man driven by self-gain over concern for the greater good, who will run away from a fight and cheat his ‘friends’ without a second’s thought.”[78]

Paul Arendt of the BBC compared it to The Matrix Reloaded, as a complex film that merely led onto the next film.[79] Richard George felt a “better construct of Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End would have been to take 90 minutes of Chest, mix it with all of End and then cut that film in two.”  

Alex Billington felt the third film “almost makes the second film in the series obsolete or dulls it down enough that we can accept it in our trilogy DVD collections without ever watching it.” Mark Kermode of The Observer accused the film of “lumpen direction, lousy writing and pouting performances”, but wrote that “the worst thing about Dead Man’s Chest is its interminable length […] The entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may be a horrible indicator of the decline of narrative cinema.”


Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Accolades

At the 79th Academy Awards, visual effects supervisors John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson, and Allen Hall won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects which was also the first time since 1994’s Forrest Gump that Industrial Light & Magic had received that particular Academy Award. The film was also nominated for Best Art Direction, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

The film also won a BAFTA and Satellite award for Best Visual Effects,[84] and six awards from the Visual Effects Society.

Other awards won by the film include Choice Movie: Action, Choice Movie Actor: Action for Johnny Depp at the Favorite Movie, Movie Drama, Male Actor for Depp and On-Screen Couple for Depp and Keira Knightley at the 33rd People’s Choice Awards; Best Movie and Performance for Depp at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards and Best Special Effects at the Saturn Awards, and Favorite Movie at the 2007 Kids’ Choice Awards.


Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) Movie Info

When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack’s friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).

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