Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ★★★★

Deserves so much credit for constantly expanding its horizons with excellent world building, a massive sense of scale and increasingly higher stakes. Both the action and comedy are impressively orchestrated, whilst the tone walks the fine line between light and dark seamlessly. Almost every frame is visually spectacular and the CGI is among the best of its time (Davy Jones himself still looks lifelike). Sure it has issues with a plot that is packed with narrative threads to an almost absurd degree, but I like how it gives the characters more depth this time around and how each one has genuine investment within the story.

I yearn for the days when a big-budget blockbuster could be this unrestrainedly ambitious and a director like Gore Verbinski could make a film that appeals to the masses without compromising his artistic vision.

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