Even more of a party-hearty-Marty potlatch of silliness than its predecessor. The franchise having been established, Verbinski, Bruckheimer, and Co. have been liberated to indulge in absurdities, pile on the so-old-they're-new-again clichés, and make jokes at their own expense.
A long, tedious and convoluted follow-up to 2003's rollicking high-seas hit, The Curse of the Black Pearl, this second installment in the promised trilogy lacks the swash and buckle of the original. And then some.
A usual situation in movie business. The prequel made a lot of money so a sequel must be made even if the story had a satisfying ending. Here they succeed as it has good ideas, expands the lore and uses the characters / strengths of the original movie. The story starts with a bang as William Turner and Elisabeth Swan are arrested on their wedding by Lord Cuttler Beckett for helping Jack Sparrow in the previous movie. He promises to spare them if Will gets Jacks compass. Meanwhile Captain Jack Sparrow has other troubles. He made a Faustian pact with Davy Jones the Captain of the flying Dutchman and the payback time is close. He desperately needs a way to get out of the deal. Jack is also hunted with fury by James Norrigton who lost everything since the prequel and blames Jack for this. This sets up the story. I was surprised for this creative approach. The story works well as all characters have their own goals or agendas that align or collided if not both with the others. It has everything that is needed like good action, great twists, humor and immersion. They use the characters we love and are invested in from the previous movie and added new ones that also work well. Lets start with the trinity: Captain Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp is back in his signature role. He fully delivers the quirks, awesomeness and ambiguity. William Turner by Orlando Bloom is on a tour de force to safe Elisabeth and fully delivers the full range of his struggles. Elisabeth Swan refuse to be a damsel in distress and sets up her own journey to safe the day. For the bad guys we have Tom Hollander as Lord Cutler Beckett who is a phenomenal villain. You will love to hate him with passion from the beginning. He is a cunning and scheming magnificent bastard. Davy Jones is a feared menace of the ocean you don't want to anger or even meet. You cant hide or escape his wrath on sea. There is of cause more to him. James Norrigton is cut between his thirst for revenge and actually being / wanting to be a good guy. Then there are the side characters I want to praise too: Kevin R Mc Nally as Gibbs, Jonathan Price as Gouvernour, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris as Tima Dalma and one certain character who I cant spoil who appears shortly before the end of the movie. Again we got a great cast that works well together and the chemistry in this movie is excellent. They also have great special effects and sets. Everything looks truly believable like for example the ships, weapons, costumes and locations. There were no missteps that took me out of the immersion and it enhances the experience. Then we have the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer who is a legend in the industry. His name alone should be prove **** performance. There are some negatives I should mention. For some this movie is a misstep and fails to deliver. Their arguments which I don't share are: It is far to long, has an overly complicated story or is overburdened (Those have not seen At Worlds End) and being less original. To be fair I will say the conclusion of the trilogy in At Worlds End is overburdened and has to many story arcs fit into but this cant be blamed on this movie. Be warned that this has a cliffhanger ending and is darker at some parts. Overall a solid and enjoyable sequel. It is not as refreshing as the original but still good enough to give a 10/10. Sadly the next movies in the franchise will get worse.
The wedding of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann is halted when Lord Cutler Beckett, chairman of the East India Trading Company, arrives with arrest warrants for them, and also for Commodore James Norrington, who allowed Captain Jack Sparrow to escape. Norrington has resigned and disappeared after losing the Navy's flagship, HMS Dauntless, in a hurricane while pursuing Jack. Meanwhile, Jack is visited by Will's father, Bootstrap Bill Turner, aboard the Black Pearl. Bootstrap is now a crewman on the Flying Dutchman, captained by Davy Jones. Jack previously bartered a deal with Jones to raise the Pearl from the depths; now Jack must join Jones' crew or be dragged to Davy Jones' Locker by the Kraken. Meanwhile, Beckett promises to free Elizabeth if Will brings him Jack's magic compass which points to whatever the holder wants most.
Will finds Jack and the crew on an island and frees them from cannibals. Shortly after, Governor Swann frees Elizabeth from jail, but he is then captured. Elizabeth bargains with Beckett to find the compass. Disguised as a cabin boy aboard a Scottish merchant vessel, she makes her way to Tortuga where she later finds Jack and also a drunken Norrington. After escaping the cannibals, Jack and the crew visit voodoo priestess Tia Dalma, who reveals Jones' weakness is his heart, which is locked within the Dead Man's Chest. Jack must find it and the key that opens it. Locating the Dutchman, Will makes a deal with Jack to find the key to the chest in return for Jack's compass. Jack tricks Will, who is shanghaied into service aboard the Dutchman. Jones agrees to release Jack from their bargain in exchange for one hundred souls. Will meets his father aboard the Dutchman and learns that Jones possesses the key to the chest. They play a game of Liar's Dice against Jones to try and win the key, but they lose. Despite this, Will escapes with the key and is taken aboard the same ship Elizabeth was on. Jones sends the Kraken after him, sinking the ship, but Will escapes.
In Tortuga, Jack hires a new crew, including Elizabeth and Norrington. With Elizabeth's use of Jack's compass, they are able to locate the chest. All parties arrive on Isla Cruces, where the chest is buried, but a three-way sword fight breaks out between Jack, Will, and Norrington, who all want the heart for their respective goals: Jack wants to call off the Kraken and negate his debt to Jones; Will wants to release his father from the Dutchman; and Norrington wants to regain his life as a Navy officer. In the chaos, Norrington secretly steals the heart and runs off, pretending to lure away the Dutchman's crew. Jones attacks the Pearl with the Kraken, which kills most of the crew and destroys all but one of the Pearl's lifeboats, but Jack, who briefly flees the battle, returns and wounds the Kraken with a net full of gunpowder and rum.
Jack orders the survivors to abandon ship, but Elizabeth, realizing the Kraken only wants Jack, tricks him and chains him to the mast so that the crew can escape. The Kraken drags Jack and the Pearl to Davy Jones' Locker. Jones opens the chest to discover his heart is gone. In Port Royal, Norrington gives Beckett the heart and the Letters of Marque meant for Jack, allowing him back into the navy as well as allowing Beckett to gain control of Davy Jones and the seas. The Pearl's crew take shelter with Tia Dalma, where they all agree to rescue Jack. Tia Dalma introduces the captain who will guide them: the resurrected Hector Barbossa.
You know it's a bad sequel when you can't even remember the plot after watching it the night before. Nowhere near as good as the first Pirates. I think the only good to come out of this sequel is a funny meme when Jack is running away from a crowd of cannibals. Some great cinematography, Jack moments and beautiful Calypso but that's it. Too many characters, long movie and annoying acting from Orlando and Keira. Not as bad as Pirates 3 however. I guess if you're a fan get the whole lot but as a purest.. I'll stick with the first movie.