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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gets a Negative

Published July 3, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Disney.
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After all the positives a few negative reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest have begun to appear online.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Early Review


First off, sorry for the slow updates lately with the holiday and all. We plan to get the CanMag machine booming again by Wednesday. For now, check out what looks to be the first negative review that claims the upcoming Pirates sequel is not as good as the first.

Variety
Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride may have been improved, but the film franchise has been downgraded with this first of two sequels to the 2003 popcorn smash. As with the two "Matrix" follow-ups, which were shot back-to-back like the second and third "Pirates" entries, there is a sense of bloat and where-do-we-go-from here aimlessness to this unconscionably protracted undertaking. As with the "Matrix" pictures, however, public anticipation is such that nothing can stop "Dead Man's Chest" from filling up with B.O. gold; pic is like a slot machine that gobbles up the public's money while giving little back, and, somehow, people don't mind.

"Dead Man's Chest" puts the viewer into a bland stupor, willing to be entertained, and maybe audiences will be, up to a point, by the beautiful actors, sumptuous production values and the stray desires the film may stimulate to go to Disneyland or Las Vegas. These are the odd films that succeed in stirring neither the emotions nor the mind.



OK, OK, I didn't want to kick off the holiday week with bad news so I added THR's report as well. Though they agree with Variety on the flow of the film, they come to a far more positive conclusion.

Like the Disneyland ride that inspired the movie series, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" rolls from one envelope-pushing special effects sequence to another with little connective tissue. The filmmakers seem cheerfully resolved that narrative never get in the way of buccaneer fun. Cannibals, sword fights, a sea monster, tavern brawls, supernatural sailors and harrowing escapes hit the screen in such bewildering profusion that all sense of purpose is swallowed up in this heady boys' adventure run amok. There is, in fact, only one purpose: Give Johnny Depp room to perform the Great Lounge Act of the Seven Seas.

This production is a vast, expensive, sprawling affair that never feels out of control thanks to Verbinski's assured direction. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography superbly admires Rich Heinrich's lavish sets, while Hans Zimmer's busy though effective score -- he makes nice use of organ music -- pumps the action.


I am planning on being one of those who "don't mind" no matter what Disney throws at me.

Read the entire reviews for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest by clicking on the bold links above.

Expect more reports on Dead Man's Chest soon!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest opens to theatres everywhere on July 7th, 2006.

For pics, movie stills, posters, trailers, TV spot, more early reviews, movie info and synopsis, go to the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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