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Movies : Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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From: MSN NicknameSmigChick  (Original Message)Sent: 7/10/2006 6:43 PM
Very much looking forward to this, slightly disappointed though. Not that it wasn't a good movie...I just had higher expectations I guess.
 
Of course the characters - the main ones - are already well-established, so there was no need for (and no room for) any real character development in this one. And those same actors were wonderful in their roles, as usual. The direction was good, the cinematography was great, costumes and sets were wonderful and the stunts and effects were really awesome! Script could've been a little tighter, but I've noticed that sequels, especially the 2nd of 3 total films, are the most lackluster anyway.
 
It's just the story was sorta "eh". I never was completely sure why they went to the trouble they did. Oh yeah, to save the girl. Jebus....
 
Some cute moments, but nothing more than the occasional giggle - not like the first film, which had you breaking into real laughter much of the time. And I did not think it was appropriate to the film when (***spoiler) Jack and the girl kissed near the end - it totally doesn't fit at all...but I have a feeling that's more tied in to the sequel anyway and they had to find an excuse for it to happen. Mistake though, imho. ***
 
I love a good swashbuckler, always have, and when it's infused with humor as this is, all the better. I just thought the movie failed to live up to its hype. Sadly.
 


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From: Jnp9Sent: 7/13/2006 7:16 PM
loved it

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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/14/2006 7:24 PM
I'm finally going to see it tomorrow.   Finally.

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From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 7/16/2006 10:03 PM
Loved it.  Loved this movie.  I do think the first was better, but sequals are never as good as the first, in my opinion.  But I still loved it.
 
The only complaint I have, which has nothing to do with the movie, is the damn stupid hick town theater we have here.  The audio and video were terrible.  I guess next time I go see a movie, I'm going to take the hour drive to the closest "real" theater.

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 7/17/2006 6:09 PM
I really liked it, too.....I just had such HIGH expectations, I think almost anything would've fallen short of that, lol. I wanted it to be as funny and entertaining and all-around excellent as the first one, even though I know a sequel is rarely as good as the original.
 
I still say the kiss was way out of character for Elizabeth.
 

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From: MSN NicknameþaþermöönSent: 7/21/2006 10:52 PM
Did anyone stay to see the small blurp at the end after the credits?

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 7/26/2006 7:28 PM
Oh, man, no!! I missed it!
 
Unfortunately, I went with a 'weird' friend who didn't enjoy the movie (doesn't enjoy going to movies, really) and was busting to get the hell out of there. I had to almost run to keep up, lol.
 
Poo. I would've liked to have seen that. I generally wait until the credits are done rolling, too, cuz it's so common to add something. (Well, plus I feel it's important to watch the credits and acknowledge all the people that made the film)
 
Was it cute?
 

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From: ShadowfaxSent: 7/31/2006 9:24 PM
Thar be spoilers here...
 
I enjoyed it, but felt that -- like so many movies these days -- it could have been shorter. There were a couple of elements that I felt like I sat through multiple times.
 
One was the Kraken. We had to see the whole schtick (bump the ship, run up the tentacle tips, slither the tentacles around the deck and the mast, people shoot the tentacles, monster grabs people with the tentacles and flips them around, then breaks the ship in half) twice. The threat of the Kraken should have been more ominous and subtle until it came for the Black Pearl. Shoot your load once, when it counts. Just because your high-powered graphics people can do a thing doesn't necessarily mean you must do a thing. You're telling a story, not showcasing your CGI prowess.
 
The other was the bone cage and the water wheel careening down the mountain and through the jungle, toward the beach. In the middle of the water wheel sequence, I felt like, "Haven't I seen this before? Oh yeah, I did. In this very movie, an hour ago." Somebody wrote a nice program to simulate a round element with significant mass bounding down hills, so they thought they'd get their money's worth and do it twice. Illustrating how painfully true this suspicion is, recent attendees of the Comic-Con (weekend before last) were treated to a version of the water wheel sequence where the CGI geeks had substituted the wheel with a glazed doughnut. Har-dee-har. Sure the graphics are snazzy, but if the process is cheap enough to put in a glazed doughnut simply as a lark, then it should occur to you that repeating visually thematic elements within the same film that way is also cheap, in all senses of the word.
 
Also, though I knew that Pirates 3 was already on the way, I did not know that #2 would end so abruptly, without satisfying any of its own plot threads. I thought surely that Davy Jones and/or the Kraken would be dealt with by the end of the film. But no. So I left the theater feeling like I had just watched a very long trailer for Pirates 3.
 

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From: MSN Nickname_AmesSent: 8/2/2006 3:23 PM
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED IT. Now on to the invisable writing.
 
 
Smig the after credit moment revealed here
* I really wish I hadn't sat thru 10 minutes of credits to see that especially considering I really had to pee.  All it was was the dog as the new God of that tribe which I'm pretty sure we all saw coming*
 
General Discussion
 
* I think...hmmm...I...we...all know that Jack doesn't die, how in the hell one man is going to take on a Kraken is beyond me but when it spit his hat out it  makes me think that this Kraken will take a likeing to Jack for some reason. Which reminds me how is it that Davy Jones has control over this thing?  Also did the Kraken take down the ship w/the 2 guys who found Jack's hat? That one was just sucked under...like Shadow said maybe they should have left all other Kraken-attacks (besides Black Pearl) to just that to give us something new and not having to see it twice.  I really hope that is not the end of the Black Pearl, I really like that ship. Lost my train of thought....
 
Ah right...we know Jack doesn't die because we know he is in the third movie because we know he's signed on. Unless of course we get dream sequences or he's a ghost and honestly that would really disappoint me.
 
And didn't Barbosa die in the first one? How was the monkey still immortal? Who was that witch doctor chick exactly? And she was a bit hard to understand at times. I think that's it for now*
 
But I really did love it, just some questions is all.

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From: MSN NicknameGooFyLaTnKidSent: 8/2/2006 4:14 PM
i liked the 1st one WAY better.
 
I hope the 3rd one is good

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From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 7/8/2008 8:25 PM
LMAO...ok, I never did come back to this thread....but I've seen Dead Man's Chest a hundred times over the past couple of weeks thanks to cable, and yes it's growing on me more now, but the point is.....I STILL haven't sat through the credits till the very end, so I still haven't seen what Ames described. I'm lmao at that....

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