Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Sequelcast 2 and Friends

Jan 3 2019 • 59 mins

Hosts Mat Bradley-Tschirgi and William Thrasher discuss Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) is working undercover for the East India Trading Company to steal Jack Sparrow's enchanted compass. Somehow there's an Obeah Priestess (Naomi Harris), the titular Dead Man's Chest with Davy Jones' (Bill Nighy) heart in it, and a Kraken involved in all of this.

Sporting a more bountiful budget than its predecessor, this sequel introduces more backstory to Captain Jack Sparrow and makes him less interesting in the process. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is more convoluted than the original film and often feels like nothing else but loads of exposition to set the viewer up for the third flick. The tone often lurches between the fun of the original (a vertical race up a cliff) and the self serious tone of something else entirely (soapy family dynamics between Will Turner and his father Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard)).

Mat felt Aquaman was an overlong dopey superhero epic with heaps of on the nose dialogue. Thrasher caught the animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, feeling this is the best theatrical Spider-Man to date with its deep cuts to decades of Spider-Man lore.

The next few movie series we'll be covering are:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
  • The Fugitive (1993)
  • U.S. Marshals (1998)

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