Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest : 4 of 5
I really enjoyed the original Pirates of the Caribbean, and since I saw it with my parents way back in 2003, it was nice to see the sequel with them, even though I had to wait a week after opening day! Dead Man's Chest definitely isn't as good as Curse of the Black Pearl, but it's still a fantastic summer movie with tons of excitement. The plot involves an interesting combination of the legends of Davy Jones, the Flying Dutchman, and even the mythological Kraken, with the heroes and villains all after the same objective for different reasons. Of course, there are some excellent effects, mostly with Davy Jones and his crew, who are all made up of various mutations of sea life - the designs are really creative, cool, and creepy! As far as references to the Disneyland attraction, there are only a few this time, but I liked how the location of the voodoo witch's house looked a lot like the swampy beginning to the ride. Actually, there are more references to the original movie than the ride, since tons of characters are back in this film - many more than I expected! There's plenty of clever battle choreography, but I wish there had been a little more character interaction and less battle at times. Compared to the first movie, there are actually very few lines, and certainly less funny one-liners from Jack Sparrow (though his character is just as funny as ever). Since the third movie is coming out next year, this movie ends with a huge cliffhanger (and don't forget to sit through the credits for a funny bonus scene!). I'm hoping the final movie brings back a little more wit from the first movie, but Dead Man's Chest is still an excellent Disney film!