Aarggh!

The New 'Pirates of the Caribbean' goes south from the start

review D+

July 07, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Nothing exceeds like excess in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, delighted audiences because it's a genuine shiver-me-timbers sea frolic, not merely the movie based on a beloved Disneyland ride. The second movie, Dead Man's Chest, is everything you feared the first would be: a theme-park spectacle lasting 2 1/2 hours. It doesn't just make you seasick - the action on land is equally overblown, repetitive and clumsy. Dead Man's Chest defines the phrase ad nauseam.

No film this summer has carried greater hopes for rip-roaring entertainment. Why shouldn't we be primed to see it? Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has assembled the same dashing cast as the first film for this middle chapter of a makeshift trilogy. Johnny Depp returns as saucy buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow, with Orlando Bloom as stalwart blacksmith Will Turner and Keira Knightley as spunky-gorgeous Elizabeth Swann. Jonathan Pryce even rears his ugly wig again as Elizabeth's father, the governor of Port Royal.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures) Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Rated PG-13. Time 153 minutes.

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