Movie Reviews: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Like last week's Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has divided the critics about equally, with half suggesting it's a real summer treasure and the other half ready to dump it overboard. On Good Morning America, Joel Siegel called it "the best summer movie of the summer," then qualified his remark by adding, "not the best movie, the best summer movie. ... Your popcorn tastes better, it's that much fun. And all the other wannabe summer blockbusters like Superman have been so serious and glum." Michael Booth in the Denver Post calls it "a sweet umbrella drink leaving no hangover, two hours and 20 minutes of escapism that once again makes the movies safe for guilt-free fun." Jack Mathews in the New York Daily News says that at that length it's too long, but he adds, "Time flies when you're having a good time, and it's hard not to when the action is as spirited, the sets as glorious, the characters as inventive, and the performances -- especially those of returning Johnny Depp and new-to-the-cast Bill Nighy -- as much fun as they are here." Claudia Puig in Newsday writes that the film delivers "a combustible combination of ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects, some raucous humor and a large dose of Depp's winning charm." Gene Seymour's praise in Newsday comes more reluctantly. "As long as you accept it for the sprawling live-action, feature-length cartoon that it is, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will neither disappoint nor drag on the senses," he writes. Likewise Peter Howell in the Toronto Star observes unenthusiastically, "For the most part, the movie strikes gold in the areas that count -- action, adventure and amusement -- while failing to fully capitalize on all the goodwill the first Pirates generated." But other critics have their swords out. Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer remarks that the film "lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some." Desson Thomson in the Washington Post maintains that the film "feels forced and hollow -- a repeat performance that's too self-consciously delivered to be charming anymore." Several critics point out that the film has no ending -- just a cliffhanger set up for the next installment due out in May of next year. A.O. Scott in the New York Times concludes that the movie "batters you with novelty and works so hard to top itself that exhaustion sets in long before the second hour is over. By next summer, I suppose, we'll all be rested and ready for more."



Tags: Superman - SUPERMAN RETURNS - Pirates Of The Caribbean - Johnny Depp - Bill Nighy


More Superman

Comic-Con Treated to First Look at Affleck's Batsuit

Fans at this year’s Comic-Con at San Diego have been treated to a preview of the new Batman costume. The new design will be worn...

Zack Snyder's 'Justice League' Announced As Warner Bros Attempt Superhero Parity With Marvel

An official, standalone Justice League movie has been confirmed. It will follow 2016’s hugely anticipated battle between Batman and Superman in what has been dubbed...

Jesse Eisenberg To Play Lex Luthor In 'Superman: Man of Steel' Sequel

Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor, Superman's arch-nemesis, in the upcoming Batman/Superman film, Warner Bros. announced on Friday (31st January).Jesse Eisenberg has been...

Ben Affleck Gets "Unbelievably Cool" Batsuit For 'Superman vs. Batman' Movie

Ben Affleck will become the latest actor to portray Batman when he appears in the sequel to last year's Superman blockbuster Man of Steel. Ahead...


Jason Momoa In Talks For 'Superman Vs Batman' - Are We Looking At A Justice League Movie?

More news from the upcoming 'Superman Vs Batman' movie as Jason Momoa is apparently a definite maybe to join the cast.The 'Conan the Barbarian' star...

Has Justin Bieber Been Handed A Role In The 'Superman vs Batman' Film?

Justin Bieber has sparked rumours/fears that he will be appearing in the upcoming sequel to this years The Man of Steel, by posting an image...

For Ben Affleck, The Road To Batman Was Long and Winding

Ben Affleck has been handed the keys to the Batmobile, picking up the torch from the excellent Christain Bale to portray Gotham’s troubled hero. At...

Ben Affleck Is Batman! Actor To Star As Caped Crusader In Superman Sequel

Ben Affleck has been chosen as the next actor to portray the immortal role of Batman in the upcoming sequel to this year's Superman epic...



Superman Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Superman

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All