Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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The Salad family is not totally immune from the lure of the summer movie blockbuster. So we went to see Pirates. The plot, as many have pointed out, is incomprehensible. Exactly why people are doing things is unclear. Things are brought forth with great portent, then (sometimes literally) dropped. (I'm talking about the dirt jar. What was up with that, anyway?)

And the entire movie has a smell of cold contractual obligation to it, which isn't unusual for unnecessary sequels. A good many scenes seem to have been inserted as a launching pad for the video game. The characters have lost depth compared to the first movie, they're not quite as interesting.

Still, the special effects are stunning. Even if the actors are going through the motions, the people designing the movie pretty clearly aren't.

Also, if you haven't seen it yet: stay through the credits for a pretty good final gag.

Last Modified 2024-02-03 8:08 AM EDT