Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

cast: johnny depp, keira knightly, orlando bloom
produced by: jerry bruckheimer
directed by: gore verbinski

“pirates of the caribbean: dead man’s chest” is the sequel to its equally successful predecessor, “pirates of the caribbean: the curse of the black pearl”. a film made by 2 movie giants – walt disney pictures (pioneers of wholesome blockbuster children’s movies) and jerry bruckheimer films (masters of the action genre), the team-up has, just like in the first “pirates” installment, inspired a sure-fire winner of a movie. it features lots of adventures and fantasy-like characters to satisfy the kids, fast-paced action for the male crowd, and the obligatory romance for the female viewers. and maybe add a little tinge of horror just to keep everyone’s hearts racing.

but to me, what elevates the movie from other money-making films and sets it apart from the usual adventure movie is the presence of johnny depp’s acting. more known in the 80s and early 90s for his good looks, little is said about johnny depp’s acting prowess. i am appalled that he has never won the academy award or that he has been nominated for this prestigious honor i think only once and only recently at that. talk about not being appreciated for one’s highly significant contributions to the movie industry. hasn’t anyone seen “benny and joon”?

in “pirates ….”, johnny depp acts and moves in a flawlessly effeminate manner but is still able to portray his character (jack sparrow) as a rough masculine ruffian and a selfish but sometimes conscientious pirate. this dichotomy of acting has always been the trademark of johnny depp’s versatility as a thespian.

but i guess the younger generation is more familiar with orlando bloom, and therefore has an understandable preference for him. ever since “lord of the rings”, his popularity has always been on the rise so casting him as the hero couldn’t hurt ticket sales.

and how about that keira knightly?! she had to work with obnoxious outfits that would never flatter her body no matter what angle or lighting you put them through for the movie had a sort of mediaeval setting (don’t ask me for the exact time period for i don’t know when pirates were in vogue) but she looked alluringly hot in just about every scene. i liked her best when she was disguising herself as a male ship crew member. i don’t know what it is about me but women with short hair just turn me on!

and let’s not forget the lesson the movie was trying to impart (walt disney films usually have a moral to their stories): how it’s important to figure out what we truly want in life. for it is this bit of knowledge that will serve as our personal compass pointing out the right way to our true destiny. without this, we’ll merely end up going in circles.

rating: 4 of 5 stars * * * *
another must-see johnny depp movie.

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