Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and
RunTime: 2 hrs 30 mins
Released By: BVI
Day: 13 July 2006
sequel to the blockbuster trilogy starring Johnny Depp, Orlando
Bloom and Keira Knightley.
An effective summer blockbuster has one main task –
to entertain. Filmmakers have many tried-and-tested methods
up their sleeves to make you pay for that cinema ticket, just
to get yourself entertained. Big sets, big names and big budgets
are just some of them.
did we hear someone ask: What about the storyline and character
development? Well, if the movie is marketed as a summer popcorn
flick, its job is done as long as it makes us suitably entertained.
This sequel to the successful 2003 movie inspired by a Disneyland
theme park ride does just that; and much, much more.
tagline “Captain Jack is back” about sums up the
plot of this movie. The well-loved Johnny Depp reprises his
role as Captain Jack Sparrow, who realizes that he owes his
soul to Captain Davy Jones. In order to save himself, he brings
his old pals Will Turner (a scruffy-looking Orlando Bloom)
and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley trying her best to act
tough and rough) along for the ride filled with misadventures.
a terribly original and innovative storyline, you say? Wait
till you experience every exhilarating minute of the two-and-a-half-hour
movie: you’d be enthralled by how everything comes at
you in a fast and furious mode.
first 20-odd minutes of the show pick up pace gradually, before
the movie launches into its first engaging segment where Captain
Jack tries to escape from a group of cannibals. Like a proven-workable
formula, this scene throws in thrills, comedy and action to
that, the movie conveniently compartmentalizes itself into
its various scenes: the appearance of Captain Davy Jones and
his ghostly crew, the unleashing of the monstrous sea-monster
Kraken and the escape of Elizabeth Swann, just to name a few.
This makes easy following for viewers, who may also be busy
nibbling on their popcorn.
some may be uncomfortably overwhelmed by the movie’s
cliché-ridden story and its torturous length, we are
particularly impressed with its production value. Other than
the magnificent ships and the glorious Bahamas islands, the
prosthetic department deserves special mention creating Captain
Davy Jones’ creepy look. His crew of sea creatures is
a disturbing bunch of misfits as well. Trust the House of
Mouse to allow something so unsettling and spine-chilling.
to say, Depp delivers an amusing performance inspired by the
legendary Keith Richards. While Bloom and Knightley play their
roles decently, the supporting cast (including Lee Arenberg
and Mackenzie Cook reprising their roles as the slapstick
duo from the original movie) playing Captain Jack’s
crew is a joy to watch as well.
then there is the sinister Bill Nighy, who performed his role
of Captain Davy Jones in motion capture suit before the character
was re-created entirely by computer effects. The creature’s
voice and mannerisms are so signature of the UK actor; you’d
think Nighy personifies the scary villain perfectly.
the dull and frightening hues you’d experience during
scenes dealing with Captain Davy Jones, the rest are fun and
bright, especially when they involve Captain Jack. With Depp’s
effortless portrayal of the flamboyant pirate, these are the
most entertaining parts of the movie.
you’d already know, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise
will conclude with its third chapter “At World’s
End” next summer. Hence, you will not be surprised when
the movie shifts gear into a “surprise twist”
cliffhanger during its last 20-odd minutes.
there is still a bizarre sense of personal engagement, especially
with Captain Jack’s eventual fate at the end of this
movie. You are actually looking forward to the next installment
in 2007. And that is after you have been duly entertained
for two-odd hours. Yes, at this point, you know that this
big-budget movie boasting big names and big sets is definitely
one effective summer blockbuster.
(An entertaining finale to this year’s summer blockbuster
season, this sequel is one satisfying and thrilling ride)
by John Li