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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for intense sequences of adventure violence, including frightening images

Reviewed by: Lori Souder

Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Teen Adults
Action Adventure Fantasy Sequel
2 hr. 30 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
July 7, 2006 (wide)
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piracy and other sins

THE OCCULT—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

What is the Occult? Answer

Witch in the Bible

About Satan

Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer

Why was Hell made? Answer

Is there anyone in Hell today? Answer

Will there literally be a burning fire in Hell? Answer

What should you be willing to do to stay out of Hell? Answer

How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer

What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer

The Good News—How to be saved from Hell. Answer

Featuring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsgård
Director Gore Verbinski
Producer Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Eric McLeod
Distributor Walt Disney Studios

As a huge fan of the first movie, I could not wait for the next installment. I was surprised to see a large amount of merchandising for the movie including chocolate and marshmallow breakfast cereal, white chocolate and other limited edition M&Ms, and fruit snacks. Most of the merchandising that I saw was aimed at smaller children. Disney even decided to, under a shroud of secrecy, update the venerable “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride at Disney World park, despite grave misgivings of many faithful Disneyites. Regretfully, I am here to report, all is not well.

“The Curse of the Black Pearl”, the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, centers around a tattered but magnificent ship of legend that is the fastest on the seven seas. This ghostly ship is powered by a cursed wind of ill-gotten treasure and peopled by some pretty unsavory undead buccaneers. The doomed pirates are, despite their brutality and greed, somehow made at times to be endearing and comic. We feel some sympathy for them, because they are painted as still very human.

The first movie manages to seamlessly combine gorgeous cinematography, humor, both dry and broad, fantastic special effects, magnetic actors, an exciting and riveting plot, lush locations, and a perfect soundtrack. Most impressively, it is all kept in the Disney tradition of “a fun time was had by all.” It was, however, rated PG-13 and was certainly too scary for very young or sensitive children. Disney even managed to get in some excellent moral lessons, which are: Ill-gotten gains will never satisfy and will become an anchor around the neck, and—don’t judge someone by other people’s prejudices, decide a person’s merits by his or her actions.

As one would expect, the actual conduct of real pirates had to be whitewashed for the first movie. Pirates were well known for their raping and debauching habits, but while “The Curse of the Black Pearl” hints at these, most of the scenes are elegant and finely-crafted sword fighting and general plundering. Bloodletting is kept to a minimum, and the camera cuts away from showing blood and graphic death.

One would anticipate that the second movie in the franchise would be similar, since it did so very well at the box office. The second movie, “Dead Man’s Chest,” is a pathetic, illegitimate stepchild that should have never been conceived. The movie starts out dark, gets darker, dives eagerly into the realm of Hades and ends up with nowhere lower to go. While “The Curse of the Black Pearl” was light-hearted, “Dead Man’s Chest” has a Heart of Malevolence.

In “Dead Man’s Chest,” all debts previously incurred in the first movie must be paid. Wrongs must be atoned for, promises must be kept. Or so it seems. The movie opens with a forlorn and spoiled wedding for Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Will (Orlando Bloom). We then learn that these two are to stand trial for helping a pirate escape and that their demise looks very likely. The whole colony is in chaos, and a new authority is disposing the old. The world is changing, and pirates as well as colonist must find their place in the new order of things.

We soon find Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is still a free-wheeling pirate and now is on a quest for a key that will open a cursed little treasure chest that holds the secret to controlling Davy Jones, his enemy. Jack escapes from a prison with the help of a dead body. We quickly discover that gruesome and decayed human body parts and graphic images of stomach-turning monstrosities of semi-humanity rain down constantly in this movie like manna from heaven. What could be inside the chest that is so powerful as to hold sway over the devilish ancient mariner? Trust me, you really don’t want to know, let alone see it… could it possibly be another grisly and disembodied human body part? BINGO! Just keep in mind that the fine studios at Disney have worked very hard to make every disgusting abomination in the movie as real looking as possible for your cinematic enjoyment.

The heaviest hand imaginable was used on the “in your face” violence and horrifically-ugly special effects. The first movie was very beautiful and/or amazing in every scene, where “Dead Man’s chest” is so hideous, many viewers may find it difficult to watch. Each character has to be constantly corrupted with filth, slime, blood, disease or deformity—with the exception of Elizabeth. In her case, the cleavage on her wedding dress has to be literally “over the top.” And later in the movie, she goes completely out of character to give Jack Sparrow a nearly pornographic kiss, for supposedly a good reason. In the plot, a chaste kiss would have done the trick and been less suspicious, but Disney thought that they had to take every opportunity to “sex up” a movie with so very few female characters. Tia, the voodoo woman, of course, has to be lecherous. This movie could not possibly be intended for women and children?!

People of color or African decent did not fare well at all in the film. I was heartsick and angry at the portrayal of the tribe of cannibals that made them all one-dimensional, evil sub-humans. However, the good news is that a great deal of time was spent to individualize their bodily mutilations and tribal face and body painting! I was disgusted that while great lengths had gone into humanizing the (enlightened, yet horribly evil) pirates in both movies, the tribal people were used just for effects sake. The rest of the people of color in this sequel were mostly used as half-submerged, zombie light fixtures. Tia, (played by Naomie Harris) the voodoo witch of great power is one of the very, very, rare female characters and newly introduced in the “Dead Man’s Chest”. Because she is obviously an adorable and charming-looking person, she was given black teeth to make her so repulsive that we could barely stand to look at her to appreciate her fine performance. This is in stark contrast to the first film where there is an attractive and intelligent female pirate captain of color that commands her own ship!

I have seen culturally cannibalistic tribal people portrayed in a much more realistic way that has been both humorous and intelligent. There is no excuse for this type of blatant racism. These human beings are just like everyone else, not less human or less worthy. I think this type of one-dimensional and shallow portrayal does not benefit anyone. Although there may not be an understanding in the US of this, there are still many peoples in the world that are either recently or more remotely descended from such tribal peoples in India, Africa, and various islands.

The fighting scenes were so chopped up and fast that they were perceived as just an endless blur of violence. Most of the time I could not even see who was fighting who, and it got worse and more ridiculous as the movie progressed. Each violent scene went on for so long that it became boring and seemed just a time filler. Most of the stunts did not seem to add anything to the story, and some were just ridiculous to try to get a cheap laugh. The main sea monster had no personality at all, it was just a convenient vehicle for more special effects. Anyone can make a big scary monster with no face or originality.

I saw the movie with a crowd was attending a special showing of the film. They, like me, were excited, and many wore pirate costumes. When the movie first started, a huge applause wave roared through the theater. But soon, the audience was “treated” to many extravagantly repulsive visions of human body parts used variously for: jewelry, an oar, and giant, round, rolling cages. The packed theater became strangely quiet. The laughs were sparse and half-hearted, and the shock started setting in. There were many children and women in the audience. After the movie was over, there were a few isolated claps that quickly silenced. I saw the crowd as I peered around me, and many had disgusted or repulsed looks on their faces and seemed rather disoriented and disturbed.

The ending of the second movie could not have been more different than the ending of the prequel. The feeling I got after watching it was to go home quickly and take a couple of hot baths to rid myself of the stench and filth that I had just been tricked into subjecting myself to.

In my opinion, this movie was not at all a PG-13 movie; it should have been rated R. Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Deep) repeatedly said British slang for the f-word. Violence, suffering, death, cannibalism, killing, drunkenness, high stakes gambling, and betrayal is the focus of the movie. The visuals were sometimes so revolting that it was very, very hard for me to look at the screen. It is constantly gruesome, gory, grimy, and gross—with barely an instant of anything else to serve as relief.

There is no justice served in the movie. When laws are broken, instead of trying to work within the system, Will, Elizabeth, and Jack all endeavor to get out of their situation by running away, or making immoral and illegal deals. All the characters think that they are above the law and their word of honor. One character “wins” by putting a gun to an authority’s head to get the job done. Another refuses to honor his promise by offering to kill 99 innocents in his stead! Another makes a deal to get his own freedom and leaves someone else to rot in jail. Elizabeth’s father, formally an important official, illegally releases her from prison. The one person who meters out justice is completely corrupt. All the character and ethics that were developed in “The Curse of the Black Pearl”’s lead actors are assassinated in the second movie. Will retains some of his ethics in regards to his father, Bootstrap Bill, but the perverted movie plot involves his father being forced to graphically whip Will’s back into a bloody mess. This is not what most people expect from a Disney movie!

On the plus-side—and there isn’t much on the plus side, the Davy Jones character was very interesting, and the face and body seemed most likely developed before the movie visually and ethically ran aground. The face of the creature is very intriguing and expressive and one of the few that I wanted to (or could stand to) look at for a any period of time. The eyes were full of expression, and even though he is supposed to be pure evil, the performance was very subtle and multifaceted. It was the only new character that was of the quality that one would expect after enjoying the first movie.

On the down-side, all the effects and violence and digital enhancing of everyone else is so in your face that it was just painful to watch. There was no suspense, no mystery to care about. The plot was very good and workable, but it played out poorly. There was some sloppy editing here and there that made parts of the story line seem inconsistent. Characters who I thought we knew and liked did so many things that seemed merely for effect only. It made caring about the characters harder and harder. By the end, I did not like any of them. To make the first movie’s spunky and lovable main cast so completely unappealing took quite some doing!

A tremendous opportunity was lost by the decision to portray the Davy Jones crew as merely cartoons instead of interestingly real and supernatural at the same time. In the first movie the pirates appeared human and had personalities until the moonlight revealed them as they truly were, undead. But the crew of the Flying Dutchmen had almost no humanity to them. We never heard about their individual stories and struggles or why they ended up making the damnation deal they did, so the audience had no feeling or sympathy for them. There were just talking digital figurines that were as repulsive as a horribly gone wrong gene spicing experiment between humans and crustaceans. After the initial shock, I just wanted not to have to look at them anymore. If the movie had progressed like the first one, the waterlogged crew (and the ship) could have appeared more lifelike and mysterious while above the water line and then when they went below the surface later, they could have been revealed in a real “ah ha!” moment and the special effects could have been metered out more judiciously. It would have added a connection and believability to the once human characters that was sadly lacking. What a waste.

The notion of religion is touched upon a few times, once as a joke about an illiterate person trying to read the bible, and another as someone holds a cross on Davy Jones’ ship. But basically the movie is silent about using the goodness of God being the only way to fight all the evil. None of the characters needed God or his help, they were “fine” without it. The movie is really about using evil to get what you want. There are only bad moral lessons in this movie, and it has no redeeming values or good entertainment. This is the opposite of the first movie, “The Curse of the Black Pearl” which I have only good things to say about.

Apparently, Disney, the movie director, producer, and financiers of the first “Pirate of the Caribbean” movie all made a deal with the Devil. They somehow sold their soul for the success of “The Curse of the Black Pearl” and now the bill has come due. So they made the second movie and billed and advertised it as a good-time family movie. They are now doing their best to desensitize viewers to cannibalism, body mutilation, violence, killing of animals, gambling, drunkenness, situational ethics, and the use of both fresh and decayed human corpses for adornment and construction material. And amazingly, the movie actually ends with a similar deal with the Dark Side by our once beloved main characters. They state to Tia while in her heinous lair, they will do anything, and I do mean anything, to bring about the third movie. Matey, you can’t say you haven’t been warned.

Personally, I will never trust the Disney-brand again. After the extremely repulsive and racist first few minutes of the movie, I was right in thinking that it would be nearly impossible for the movie to dig itself out of the offensive and disgusting slimy hole it had made. I will not be buying the DVD of the “Dead Man’s Chest” to put next to “The Black Pearl”, and I feel like throwing out all the “Pirates of the Caribbean” fruit snacks and cereal we have in the pantry. If this is what Disney movies have come to, where do we turn for decent family entertainment? I hope that reviewers and the public are honest about this complete sell-out of a once worthy franchise. And I dare to hope that Disney will perhaps listen honestly and once again return to the values and quality that made me idolize Mr. Walt Disney and admire his vision for a better future and meaningful family values.

Violence: Very Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Mild

Viewer Comments
Positive—I found this movie entertaining, with more laughs than the review above suggests. Yes, the subject matter was creepy. Davy Jones and his crew are hard to look at. It’s sort of a horror movie, actually. Keira Knightley’s character was not as likeable this time around. Johnny Depp played Jack Sparrow again in that unique characterization which I think only he could do. This is not for children, but it is really quite an amazing movie in terms of special effects and the preposterous story line—and fine for adult entertainment. I am glad I saw it and will probably see the sequel, which the ending so obviously set up.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Positive—This movie is perfect if you want to spend a fun afternoon at the theater. Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast deliver another extremely entertaining performance as Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew. One of the great things about this movie is that it shows the true ugly side of evil in Davy Jones and his minions. Yes, their images might be disturbing, especially for a younger audience; so, please heed the PG-13 rating. However, this movie also depicts a good and honest man, Will Turner, who again finds himself entering a world in which he is not comfortable to fight for the people he loves. Perhaps there is a lesson there for all of us who are Christians. And of course, there is Jack Sparrow who struggles to find his identity as a pirate and a good man. I found nothing that attacked my faith in this movie and often found myself laughing out loud with the rest of the audience. I would recommend it to anyone who is ready for a great movie!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Brittany Jones, age 21
Positive—As everyone has, I eagerly anticipated the opening day of this film. The first film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, was excellent, and sometimes doing a sequel to such a successful blockbuster can be dangerous. However, I am very pleased to say that this film deserved every bit of early praise that it received. It’s absolutely excellent. The cinematography is wonderful and the scenery breathtaking, with much more emphasis on the untamed, tropical climate of the Caribbean than in the first film.

This sequel is a little darker than the original, simply because there is more at stake. In the original film, there was more an emphasis on developing each character, whereas by this movie we have a basic understanding of what each person is like. There is much more dramatic scenes and action sequences, beginning with the very first frame of the movie, where we have a shot of the dark, turbulent ocean with the film’s title. The film is pumped with action and I was completely wrapped up in it—the two hours and forty-five minutes flew by.

There is no real swearing, except for perhaps one of two instances of the word “d***.” There is no explicit sexual scenes or anything of the sort, neither is there nudity or risque costumes except for Elizabeth’s rather low-cut wedding dress at the beginning of the movie. It may be 18th century appropriate in a fashion sense, but it was a little low. For a Hollywood film, though, we all know it could have been much worse!

One of the characters is shown reading a Bible, saying that although he can’t read, he would “get credit for trying.” Some Christians may find this offensive, but as a Christian myself, I couldn’t help but smile, even a little bit. The character was very earnest about his sudden “devotion” to God, which was nice. There are several instances of characters in the film making the sign of the cross or carrying rosary beads/crucifixes, which was definitely different from the first film.

There is one instance of something that might bother children, which is where the dog from the first film (the one always holding the keys to the prison) is being chased by cannibalistic tribesmen across a beach. There is no mention of the dog’s fate, but noting the many surprises of this film, I wouldn’t be shocked if the dog made an appearance in the third film as well. This movie is full of surprises. All in all, this movie was amazing, and definitely worth every penny. Go see it if you love blockbuster films.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Lauren, age 21
Positive—This movie was a great sequel to the first. Yes, it was dark and supernatural, but it isn’t meant to be serious. There were a load of jokes (mostly involving Captain Jack Sparrow) and some unexpected parts that will keep you entertained. Johnny Depp was brilliant as the eccentric Jack Sparrow, and Bill Nighy as the bad Davy Jones. The storyline was fast-paced and will entertain you from start to finish. There were some great battle scenes (which included the sword battle between Will, Jack and Norrington) some outrageous scenes, and some great one-liners. It is obvious that the whole cast (and the production crew) had a load of fun making this movie, and you will have fun watching it. And the ending itself had a certain twist to it.

I do not think that this is an offensive movie. Yes, there were some gory bits, but I wouldn’t exactly label the violence as “extreme”. I’ve seen movies where the violence is a lot more excessive compared to this movie. There were bits of profanity strewn about the place (mostly coming from Sparrow), and only one suggestive scene between Sparrow and Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). And in terms of the darkness, well, in those days, pirates and sailors were of a superstitious sort. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and would recommend people to go and see it. Captain Jack is BACK!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Dave, age 20
Positive—I saw this movie yesterday with my parents. We loved the first movie and couldn’t wait for “Dead Man’s Chest” to come out. I thought overall the movie had a darker feeling than the first movie. It starts out with a man getting his eyes pecked out! I think that was the worst part of the whole film. Some smaller kids might have been scared by some of the men on the crew, but in general they just looked like fish. The only other objectionable part would be with the voodoo lady. …The special effects were awesome!!! I absolutely loved them. It was a bit long, and it left on a cliff hanger at the end, but I can’t wait for the third and final Pirates to come out!!!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Jessica, age 21
Positive—Very fun film. The costuming and makeup were amazing. Lots of laughter. My family was very engaged through the entire film. I found nothing that was offensive. This film, however, would be a bit scary for children under the age of 8 simply because of the costuming of some of the Davy Jones crew.
My Ratings: Excellent! / 2
Cindy, age 52
Positive—I’m a little surprised at how negative the main reviewer is about this film. I saw it just yesterday, and although it has it’s gruesome moments, it’s not the racist, gruesome bloodbath that has been proclaimed. The film does have a number of people of African descent portrayed as cannibals or witchdoctors. That is a negative aspect, for sure. However, the numerous Caucasians in the film are treacherous, deceiving, conniving pirates. No one is portrayed as better or worse than anyone else. The film definitely is different from the first one, and there is more action, violence, and a bit more of a dark quality to it.

However, for a Hollywood film, it is still milder than about 90% of the movies out there. I wouldn’t take anyone under the age of thirteen to see it, for the scarier moments that do exist. The cursing is almost nonexistent, no sex scenes, only a few kissing scenes (one is a little dragged out and unnecessary, but is in no way “pornographic” as the reviewer described it) and God isn’t disrespected in any way, not that I recall. There is a scene with the Bible and a character that some may find offensive, but it doesn’t make fun of the Scriptures in any way. And yes, the film is not as lighthearted as the first. The plot is thickening. Bad stuff will happen. The characters are getting caught up in treachery and deceit. If anyone can’t separate these characters and their ploy from real life, then they shouldn’t be seeing the movie. If anything, learn from their mistakes. We can all see where it will get them.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Kate, age 24
Positive—This movie was the best movie that I’ve seen this year!!!… It is so awesome. It’s very funny and has lots of surprises. …
My Ratings: Excellent! / 5
Lauren, age 21
Positive—I loved this movie!! I just wanted to say that I have a hard time with the site reviewer’s comments about this movie. I’ve seen it twice so far and plan on going back. This movie is not the nasty, gross, bloodbath that its portrayed to be. It does have its share of images that might bother people with weak stomachs, and some children (especially those who scare easily) shouldn’t view it, but the movie is called “Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”. It’s about Davy Jones, who took drastic measures to make sure he wouldn’t be heartbroken anymore. That alone should clue people into what the movie is about and what to expect. …Jack and Elizabeth do kiss, but it is in NO way pornographic, and the majority of the scenes are played up as jokes. Yes, this movie is dark, and there are mentions of superstitions and witchcraft, but people, this movie is about PIRATES. …Pirates were not nice people, they didn’t do nice things all the time. And while this movie has its moments, it is in no way any more morally wrong than the first one. All in all, this movie is wonderful, and in no way offended my faith at all. It gave me everything I expected, and I can’t wait until next year to see the next one!…
My Ratings: Average / 5
Brittany, age 21
Positive—I am a 42 year old mother of 2 teenagers. …it’s a movie about pirates, therefore, it will have all the things in it that pirates do. You shouldn’t be surprised! Hollywood (yes, even Disney) is always pushing the button when it comes to content. With a title that includes “Dead Man’s Chest,” I went in to it assuming it would be more scary than the first. …What do you expect? A movie like this is bound to be scary to kids. …
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
Mary, age 42
Positive—This sequel provides a great deal more situations of peril for our favorite characters. The whole movie is really a sea bearing tale of good against evil—with Davy Jones playing the part of Satan himself. Several times God was not only mentioned, but with great respect, in my opinion. Davy Jones truly plays the part of satan collecting souls to be damned, but never being able to overrule man’s freewill. For example, at one point Davy attempts to strike a deal with several dying men for their souls. One man clutching to his rosary refuses and says that he is prepared for death. His throat is slashed and his soul never belonging to Davy Jones.

Mostly this movie has a lot of scary moments and gruesome creatures. The only occult reference I saw was when the crew paid a visit to a woman who looked to practice hoo doo. No animals were killed at all. A dog was chased by a bunch of cannibal,s but he shows up after the credits as alive and well. The monkey was shot at but he couldn’t be killed no matter how they tried. Body parts (toes really) were used for jewelry but there was no blood or gore. If you have a child that may be upset by exciting perilous situations, then I wouldn’t let them see it. If you think they may be able to handle it, but not sure, I suggest waiting till its out on DVD and you can turn it off if needed. There is also no conclusion to this movie as it is continued in the next movie so if they may be upset not knowing the outcome of their favorite characters then you might want to hold off as well. Otherwise it is a great movie with lessons on the consequences of where one puts their loyalties.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
April Pruitt, age 29
Positive—I took my 12 year old daughter, and a friend of her’s (the same age) to the movie. My daughter was scared in it by Davey Jones and his crew. The friend was fine. I though the movie was very well done, and the special effects were excellent—typical of a Bruckheimer movie. There are a lot of supernatural things in the movie, grotesque ghosts, and some are too scary and intense for children. There is no profanity in it, and the movie is hilarious at different points. I thought it was good overall, but may be too scary for children. That’s why it’s PG-13.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Bill Boylston, age 47
Positive—WOW! My husband and I went to see this film, and we were not disappointed! The humor was still there, and they had a great story line. We were BIG fans of the first one, and this one was just as good and keeps you wanting more (hint—part 3)! Glad they took the time to make a good 2nd movie. I recommend this movie to anyone who is a FAN of the first one. Keep in mind, these movies are fantasy—not reality! Not biblical—just good fun! 2 Thumbs up—way up!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Amy, age 37
Positive—Terrific special effects. My favorite part of the movie is the soundtrack, the “swash-buckling” theme music is just fabulous. This long-awaited sequel does not disappoint. Fans of Depp’s Jack Sparrow character will be pleased as he is in fine form in this movie. Parents, I would not have taken my daughter when she was little, because there are many “gross” images in this film, and she may have bad dreams about the Davey Jones character who seems to have an octopus for a head. Of course, there are many instances of drinking—“why is the rum always gone?” And, there is a voodoo-like witch woman who is visited and dispenses weird wisdom. Other than that, I do not recall bad language or other objectionable content. I could see little boys playing “sword-fight” after viewing this film, so parents be warned—there is a LOT of sword-fighting and fighting in general in this movie.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Maggie, age 59
Positive—I was surprised at the extremely negative review(s) this film gathered on this site. While it is true that the “humiliation” of favorite characters from the first film rather knocked me off my chair in the first hour of the movie, I found it an extremely fun blockbuster in the grand old tradition of the original. Things only hinted at the first installment (Elizabeth and her fascination with pirates, Norrington’s desperation to be accepted, and Jack Sparrow’s willingness to do anything to save his own skin) were fleshed out and given a grand renovation in “Dead Man’s Chest”. (Not to mention Will Turner transforming from a confused and often pathetic hero into a man of courage and intelligence.)

The violence to me was nothing worse than anything seen in “The Lord of the Rings” films, and while there were moments of gross special effects, it’s not that which I remember nearly as much as the hilarity of its better moments—the infamous sword fight that accumulates in Norrington and Will dueling atop a runaway church water wheel, with Jack Sparrow running along behind; Jack salting himself with paprika after being caught attempting to escape from cannibals, or superstitious sailors being mislead by a cheap trick. Yes, it is a little long in its battle scenes, but the tight writing and great visual gags make up for it.

In response to the offense taken at the “racism” of the islanders, they were not even blacks, but Jamaican Indians—who were cannibalistic in various parts of the world during that time. The only thing that might possibly offend Christian audiences is the presence of a voodoo priestess, who has a minor role and appears in about ten minutes of film altogether, used as much for plot exposition as comic relief. It’s probably my favorite summer blockbuster, and arguably a stronger film than its predecessor. Certainly, it remains funnier.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Positive—…a very good movie. The language is calm (considering it is a Pirate movie). Visual effects are incomparable. Small children WILL be scared with several of the characters make up. There is a scene on cannibalism (Depp’s character has toes as a necklace), and the crew are captured in a “bone cage.” References are made that the rest of the crew did not “make it.” I would not recommend this movie for any child under 10, as the story line and characters I feel would intimidate. For adults and teens, this movie is amazing. The story line is an incredible follow up to the initial movie. Look for several surprises and an ending that opens up for a third movie without question. It is a long ride (over 2 ½ hours), but worth every bit of it.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Bill Powell, age 44
Positive—…although it has it’s gruesome moments, it’s not the racist, gruesome bloodbath that has been proclaimed. The film does have a number of people of African descent portrayed as cannibals or witchdoctors. That is a negative aspect, for sure. However, the numerous Caucasians in the film are treacherous, deceiving, conniving pirates. No one is portrayed as better or worse than anyone else. The film definitely is different from the first one, and there is more action, violence, and a bit more of a dark quality to it. However, for a Hollywood film, it is still milder than about 90% of the movies out there. I wouldn’t take anyone under the age of thirteen to see it, for the scarier moments that do exist.

The cursing is almost nonexistent, no sex scenes, only a few kissing scenes (one is a little dragged out and unnecessary, but is in no way “pornographic” as the reviewer described it), and God isn’t disrespected in any way, not that I recall. There is a scene with the Bible and a character that some may find offensive, but it doesn’t make fun of the Scriptures in any way. And yes, the film is not as lighthearted as the first. The plot is thickening. Bad stuff will happen. The characters are getting caught up in treachery and deceit. If anyone can’t separate these characters and their ploy from real life, then they shouldn’t be seeing the movie. If anything, learn from their mistakes. We can all see where it will get them.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Kate, age 24
Neutral—With the reviewer, I was sorely disappointed in this movie. I loved the original but the sequel is a dark, violent, and unpleasant romp which should have been rated—Arrrrrgh (R). In the opening moments, a dead man’s eyes are plucked out by a crow and later in the movie our “hero” is seen gnawing on human flesh, which is played for laughs. I am not politically correct and did not mind the depiction of cannibals per se, but the idea that eating human flesh is a source of amusement is a subject matter for Quinten Tarantino, not Walt Disney.

To be sure, there are some good moments in the movie, but they are far fewer than the original. Many of the jokes back-fire for lack of good taste, and the gooey special effects make watching this much less lighthearted than the original as well. I contemplated giving the movie a “negative” review, but I realize that my disappointment plays a factor in my distaste for it, so I opted for a “neutral” vote instead. Overall, I say wait for the DVD and do not (do not) take your young children to see this flick. It is not (not) like the original.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 2
David C, age 39
Neutral—“Dead Man’s Chest” is a much darker movie than “The Curse of the Black Pearl”, in look and in theme. It is NOT a movie for young children as it provides much more gore, and is just plain scarier than the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The action is outstanding, however the character development is greatly lacking. The comic relief is much more subtle in this movie than in the first. There are two big surprises at the end, but it takes a long time to get there.

Beware, there are occultish themes within, represented more boldly (I feel) than in the first movie. You will need to be of mature faith and strong conviction to have any appreciate for this one. Much of the story will need to be looked at in a backhanded manner to gain any gospel message, but there are biblical concepts to be found and discussed. Consider the following: the struggle that takes place within us all regarding right and wrong, what happens when we follow our own desires, where our treasure is there also is our heart, how our own goodness is not enough for salvation, how pride effects us, the battle for our eternal souls.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Joanna, age 33
Neutral—I think it was entertaining. Although I was disappointed that Captain Jack was not held accountable for his deceitful and conniving ways. I think it sent the message that it is alright to do whatever you can to get yourself out of trouble, even if someone else pays for it.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Dion Ross, age 27
Neutral—My husband and I enjoyed the first “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and were really looking forward to the second. …While there were portions we enjoyed, overall we were disappointed. On the positive side there were a few humorous scenes and lines. There was nothing overtly offensive, a couple of curse words, a couple of passionate kisses, a little cleavage, but nothing shocking in that sense. The area of concern that we had was regarding the overall darkness of the movie. Definitely see it before showing it to children, as some children might be troubled and have nightmares as a result. The evil character scenes seem to have way more screen time than the positive scenes. There is a “spiritist” advisor of sorts that they seek counsel from. She uses chicken bones (that’s what they looked like) to give them advice, and the scenes including her seemed satanic in nature. Some rough scenes include some body parts shown during a cannibalism scene, and a crow picking an eyeball off a live person in prison. Regarding religious references, there is a man with a crucifix that doesn’t want to give way to the bad side, but it doesn’t seem to help him. Also a pirate that is attempting to read the Bible (although he can’t read) to improve himself, but his character stays the same. In hindsight, I would have preferred not to have seen the movie because of the overall darkness.
My Ratings: Average / 3
Nicole Hansen, age 28
Neutral—…a great continuation of the first one. …lots of adventure and humorous scenes… Personally I enjoyed the movie and got lost in it. I have to admit the plot is somewhat confusing even until the end. Children may not understand the plot of the movie, but the action will entertain them. In this movie Jack Sparrow’s attitude has shifted from wanting to become the captain of the Black Pearl to saving his soul from eternal servitude to Captain Davy Jones of the Flying Dutchman. There are some parts that may be hard for children to see such as the whipping of Will Turner Jr. One small aspect of the movie that I liked was concern for the soul. Sparrow wanted to save his own soul from Jones by finding the key to unlock the chest. One scene Jones asks survivors of a ship to join him and delay judgment of God but one man carried a crucifix and was killed because he refused. The ending is a great surprise and wait till the end of the credits.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Daniel Duenez, age 24
Neutral—I was a bit disappointed in this movie, especially as I enjoyed the first one so much. This seemed to drag in parts and some things were obviously added in just for the “eww” factor and not at all in furthering the plot one bit. The twists in the characters were good though and the ending is quite good. I am looking forward to the third movie, however, I think this one pales in comparison to the first “Pirates of the Caribbean”. There wasn’t anything highly offensive in this. Only two kisses that I remember. There is a very good examination of self in this—what makes a person “good” or a “pirate.” And some surprises as to what comes out in each character, morally.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Robin, age 31
Neutral—…Pirates is a Disney film—bear this in mind. As such, the bad language is infrequent and the sensuality mild next to nonexistent. The violence, however, is a step up from the first film. I wager that X3 is less violent than Pirates 2. Besides crewman dying by the throngs, there are a few throats slit, but the camera cuts away, of course.

Let’s just get this out of the way. I like Johnny Depp. He’s a fantastic actor. He’s talented—no doubts here. But he just didn’t put his heart into this performance. He filled Jack Sparrow’s shoes as the wild and wily, unpredictable, yet charming pirate who’s revered by few and loathed by many. Problem is Depp wore this character like a mask. At times, he felt plastic in his delivery, while other times, he seemed disembodied from Sparrow altogether. It’s as if his attitude was “A sequel? Let’s get this over with…” The same can be said of the other two leads. For me, it was the supporting characters, like Gibbs and Bootstrap Bill and even Pintel and Ragetti, that carried the film, not to mention the welcome surprise at the end of the film. I won’t give it away, but it balances out the character flaws. …

A major disappointment I find is the CGI these days. Have forerunners like ILM made any significant advances in the last decade? Doesn’t seem like it. “Dead Man’s Chest” has some good visuals, e.g. Davy Jones’ crew, but more often than not they come off as chalky. It’s almost as if some of the fx scenes, particularly those featuring the kraken (“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” anyone?), suffered from motion blur, and the magicians at ILM did a quick fix job so everything would render in the final cut. A good film showing how CGI can be tastefully integrated is “Silent Hill”. Movies like “Silent Hill” leave you truly wondering—was that computer imagery or something else?

The plot is cumbersome, especially the dialogue—it felt so canned and mechanical! The movie’s focus—something that could have taken a minute to explain—is staggered so badly that it takes more than half the movie to communicate where everyone is headed. Find the dead man’s chest to control Davy Jones and the kraken. Simple isn’t it? Rather, the story unfolds this detail rather sluggishly. I guess the filmmakers were trying to enhance the sense of mystery surrounding Davy Jones and his sea-wayfaring crew of barnacle men. The idea didn’t work. It was agitating more than anything. Still, in the tradition of summer blockbusters, this flick does alright. If you love action, the tropics, and pirates, you know where to buy a ticket.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Jacob Keenum, age 20
Neutral—I just saw this movie with my younger brother and sister. I absolutely *do NOT recommend* young children seeing this movie! We came home and told our little brother and sister that they weren’t going to be able to watch it. It is a very dark and sinister movie. Not to mention it is rather repulsive in parts, especially in the opening scenes where we are shown men in various stated of demise, being plucked at and eaten by crows. In my opinion the worst thing about the entire film is the selfishness of *every single character*, which left me greatly disappointed. In the first movie there is a strong feeling of camaraderie among the different sets of characters, and they are all more or less looking out for one another in pursuit of their various treasures. However, in this movie they are *all* self-centered (except perhaps Will’s father). This is in direct opposition to Christ’s command for us as Christians to love God first, then to unconditionally love others, putting them before ourselves. The characters all break laws, in even greater measure than the last film, only in the case of the “heroes” they try to pass it off as the end justifies the means.

I was especially shocked and horrified by Elizabeth’s deceptively manacling Jack to the mast!! Then she lies to the others and says he chose to remain behind and sacrifice himself for them! So the others believe him to be a hero, when all through the entire movie he has constantly undermined everyone’s best interests but his own. Jack’s character is so selfish, that it kind of left you with the feeling that he gets what he deserves at the end. (Even though we know he survives.)

I gave it “neutral” rating because I must admit it is nearly squeaky clean in the areas of language (only three words that I caught, and I don’t remember what they were) and dress, etc. And, of course, there are generous amounts of the trademark funny parts that bring welcome relief to the tension of the darkness and grossness that permeate the film (the “evil” characters are really gross-looking this time, I don’t know if I could stand to watch anything worse). The film’s moviemaking quality is very, very good, and everything looks extremely realistic, so I gave it a 4.

POTC2: Dead Man’s Chest is nothing like the first, though, and I hope they haven’t finished filming the rest of the next one, because I’m afraid they’re going to need to re-evaluate their story’s quality… Here’s hoping the last one is 95% better than this one!!
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Mellie, age 21
Neutral—Yes, it is dark and gruesome, but what disappointed me even more was the lack of everything that made the first movie great—surprising plot twists, intriguing characters, wit, comedy, romance, and scenes that made you cheer or laugh out loud. All were sacrificed in this sequel for more action and gore. My vote is neutral because I can’t say I was bored, but it doesn’t begin to compare to the original.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Tammy, age 40
Neutral—I selected Neutral as my rating because I’m still not sure what I think about this film. **SPOILER ALERT** Most of my uncertainty has to do with the way the movie ends. It is unfinished, and leaves everything of importance unresolved. In other words, it’s only half of a movie, even though the movie is 2 ½ hours long. The rest of the story still hasn’t been told.

“POTC: Dead Man’s Chest” is definitely darker than the first movie, although it still has much of the humor of the first movie. Some of the scenes are spectacular, like the water wheel scene. Jack’s escape from the cannibals is hilarious. There is a sense of voodoo or something in the movie, but the characters never actually do anything that I was aware of as actual voodoo. It’s like stage dressing without the presence. (I’m no expert on this subject, so I could have missed something.)

Most of the problems with the movie are moral in character, meaning that the various characters do questionable things. This is common in movies, but since most satisfying movies resolve at the end, either bringing repentance or punishment, we don’t object. We talk about the lessons a character has learned, or how the consequences they face show the reason for behaving morally. In this movie, we stop in the middle. The various threads of the story are unresolved, so we are left wondering. I will be waiting for the next movie. If they resolve things in a satisfactory manner, I’ll probably get this movie on DVD as a set. Otherwise, I won’t.

There are positive things in this movie. Bootstrap Bill behaves in a sacrificial way to help Will. Will does his best to honor his father. Jack Sparrow puts his life in jeopardy to help others. Elizabeth sets out to save Will. Her father jeopardizes his position to save her.

My recommendations: Don’t take younger children. Although it seems that many younger children just don’t scare anymore, some do, and you also can’t explain questionable situations to them, and as I said, you can’t point out the consequences of sinful behavior to them in this one either. Other than that, I didn’t notice language (if British cusswords were used, it went right over my American head). Sexuality is limited to dresses with low bosoms, and a passionate kiss, which, as already commented on, has an ulterior motive. There is drinking in the movie, and also that sense of the occult. I didn’t see racism in the movie as the reviewer did. I saw over the top exaggeration with the cannibals, played for laughs. The same is done with the two white pirates who are illiterate and dumb.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
Lindy, age 45
Neutral—I will admit that I am somewhat disappointed in this film, but mostly because of a weak and disjointed plot that is hard to follow, as well as a lack of character development and interpersonal relationships compared to the first. This film was more about variety of locations and big-budget special effects. But let me say up front that, in my opinion, this is not a “horror” film at all, as some suggest. In fact, in some ways it is no more scary than the first movie, and it actually contains a lot more outright humor, even to the point of slapstick. (My 14 yr old daughter agrees.) I was actually reluctant to watch or take my family to the first movie until I was told by others that the ghostly pirates were not bad, and they weren’t. This film is somewhat darker at times, but the music and sound effects don’t convey the feelings of a horror film. And remember that mystical tales of sea monsters were common stories in the days of pirates and before. In addition, real pirates were evil men. (This movie does not, of course, attempt to portray pirates realistically.)

I believe, as a Christian, that there are some good parallels to death and hell in this film, more than the first. In fact, one professional reviewer called it a “yarn of pirates and principles.” The idea of hell and the torment that goes with it was obvious to me. Is this movie a must see that promotes Christian values? Obviously not. But what should we expect from non-believers. As Paul said in 1 Cor 2:14, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” That said, this film is not nearly as dangerous as most today that promote a non-biblical worldview of origins, relationships and eternity, as well as depraved lifestyles. If you do choose to see this film with your kids, I do believe it offers some good discussion about moral decision making and hell. However, I would not recommend it for young kids or those who are easily frightened. For that matter, I wouldn’t recommend the first movie either in that case.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Steve Huedepohl, age 52
Neutral—…The movie begins with a man in chains being dragged off. You see crows pecking at flesh; it appeared to me to have pecked his eye out. This scene is followed soon by a coffin being tossed into the sea. We are then re-introduced to one of the movie’s main characters, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) breaking out of the coffin and using the deceased’s leg and foot bone to row the coffin as one would row a boat. The visual effects of the movie were dull; there was a darkness throughout the movie much as you’d expect from a film of decades long past. Even scenes shot in the sunlight on the water were very dark. This may have been the effect they were aiming for because of the nature of this film—after all, it is a pirate film. There is drinking in the movie; Jack turns up a bottle and comments about the rum being all gone.

Bill Turner is here to warn Jack Sparrow. He is ghastly looking, as are all of the characters from the Flying Dutchmen ship of the dead. I think they refer to themselves as undead, but trust me, they have all appearance that they look like and seem to represent death; a people judged and condemned. Bill apologizes to Jack, saying that he is truly sorry for his part in the plot against him. He eats a bug that is crawling around, which is gross; but hey John the Baptist ate locusts as a regular part of his diet, right? To each his own. There is a comment made, “funny what a man will do to forestall judgment.” The warning sounded like “Time’s up—He comes with a ravenous hunger for men’s souls.”

There is a black spot on Jack’s palm that seemed to represent a debt he owed or a condemnation on him by Davy Jones, the dead captain of the dead ship; who seemed to represent or remind me of satan. At one point in the movie, he (Davy Jones) is even referred to as the devil himself. Bill tells Jack that he was strapped to a cannon at the bottom of the ocean and would give anything to escape his judgment. The Bible also tells us that “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment.” A man has all of his life to make the decision on where he will spend eternity. If you do not make the decision during your lifetime to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, then once you are at the judgment, it’s too late. You will have an eternity in hell to regret your choice.

During the movie, we are made to feel sorry for Bill; and we are left hoping that his son will free him from this condemnation and judgment. I will not spoil the movie for you by telling you what happens, but I will tell you that there is no such thing as a Purgatory (I mean absolutely NO offense to our catholic readers); if anyone can find proof of it in the canon of scripture, a passage that says that another person can somehow free you from judgment, I’ll be glad to look into the verse or passage with you. My point is this: You have all of your life to make a decision to follow Christ. Once you pass up that opportunity, it’s too late. Once you are in the judgment; no one can free you from the judgment or condemnation of rejecting God’s only Son and the only possible payment for sins—if you have rejected HIM, then you have condemned yourself. I repeat, Christ is the ONLY one who can free you—if you do not accept HIM, you stand condemned and judged and there is no one who can free you!

Back to the movie—there are a lot of ghastly, dead, monster-looking characters. While Will is looking for Jack, he talks to a couple of women, one of whom slaps him on the face; both women are wearing gowns, revealing more cleavage than concealing. There are cannibal natives in the movie and a scene showing Jack eating a man’s fingers.

There is a scene in the water of a man pretending to read the Bible. When his friend comments that it will not do any good because the man can’t read, he says that you get credit for “pretending.” Now, although I do not believe that God would give credit to or bless hypocrites or those who are “pretending;” I do believe that if a person cannot read and genuinely wants to be able to read scripture, that the Lord will help them with that. My dad has a 4th grade education. Reading, writing, spelling is difficult for him; however he prayed that God would allow him to read his Bible, and He can read and understand it. He uses the King James Version and reads and recalls what He reads. We also live in a time where God has allowed technology to advance at tremendous speeds. We now have Bible on tapes and Cd’s, so that if someone cannot read or struggles in their reading—they can listen to the Bible. God will make a way for a person to read scripture if they genuinely seek His help. James 1:5 tells us that is anyone lacks wisdom, let them ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and it will be given to him; verses 6 and 7 tell us that we must ask in faith, believing. God wants you to have the Word in your heart. If you pray anything in HIS will, He will do it. Ask HIM for help if you need help reading or understanding the Bible and He will help you.

…This is a pirate movie—there are deaths, some natural (men falling to death, etc.); others being killed by the sword. In my opinion, this was kept… moderate. There are some gruesome or gross scenes, one of a monkey playing with a man’s eyeball. The man later recovers it, wipes it off and sticks it back in the socket.

At one point during the movie, someone makes a comment that there comes a time when one must take responsibility for one’s actions. That is absolutely true. The Bible tells us that whatever a man sows, that will he also reap (Galatians 6:7). We know that the Word also tells us that we will all one day be called to give an account, even for every idle word (Matthew 12:36). At one point, someone speaking mentions that the last thing you’ll remember on God’s green earth is ____. Some might think of that as blasphemous considering the nature of this movie; it did not offend me, but seemed to me a recognition that this Earth and everything in it does belong to GOD.

There is some kind of voodoo witch person; she reminded me of a tarot card reader that you might see in the movies, only in place of the cards she uses something else, tosses shells or something to the table at one point and watches how they land. It reminded me of casting lots. In my opinion, Davy Jones represents evil itself; I think he represents satan, and I think that his very nature and character as such was right on target. He was talking and mentions a dark abyss (doesn’t that sound like hell). He asks, “Are your sins punishable? Do you fear death? I can offer you an escape. Join my crew; postpone judgment. Will you serve me?” We hear the others who are dead, condemned, judged in the background yelling, “Don’t do it.” (We know that we have all sinned and that all sins are punishable. I also know that Jesus paid the price for my sins and only through HIM have I been offered an escape from the judgment of my sins. Because I have accepted Jesus Christ and HIS payment for my sins, I know that I do not have to fear death. Jesus has defeated death. One day I will live with HIM forever. ONLY Jesus has the power to forgive sins.) ONLY Jesus can settle another person’s debt; He did that WILLINGLY. Jesus took upon Himself the sins of us all, and to as many as will receive HIM, He gives the power to become sons of God.

If I were to purchase a gift for you, the gift itself is paid for, but it is up to you, whether to receive the gift or to leave it lying there untouched. Jesus has already paid the price for our sins; but it is up to you to receive His gift or to reject it.

If there is any noble character in the film at all, it would be Will, but even he falls short of that description when he makes a deal with the devil (Jones) wagering his soul in the process on a bet, a game of dice, gambling his very soul. The devil goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. No honorable man would align himself with the devil. This part of the movie seriously tarnishes the character and honor of Will—it really disappointed me in him as one of the primary characters. Until that point and after that point, they try to portray Will as a man of honor, noble, heroic; and that ruined it for me. I was disappointed in how they portrayed Jack Sparrow in this sequel. His character seemed much different to me than I recall him being in the first “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Additional things that might concern some people are as follows. There are scenes of betrayal, a scene that looks like a drunken barroom brawl, a man with shirt ripped from his back is whipped and his back bloody, a kiss and some scenes of characters whispering to each other mouth to mouth very seductively (and the women involved is engaged to someone else).

Before I went to see the film, I was somewhat apprehensive about what might be found in the movie that would be objectionable, partly because of the subtitle of the movie “Dead Man’s Chest”. Although there were some parts that I did not agree with and some that might offend folks, I thought the movie as a whole was not overly offensive. There were some things I would have liked to see done differently, and some things I thought they should have rewritten or left out entirely. To understand this movie, I think a person MUST see the first part. If someone has not watched the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” or if it has been a while since they have seen the first one, it will be very difficult for them to follow certain parts of this movie. It is clearly a “sequel.” They will most certainly be very confused at the ending of the movie unless they’ve recently watched the first “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

As I have mentioned scriptures in this review, I thought there were many opportunities to use the film to witness or share Christ, sharing the TRUTH—Jesus is truth. I saw Davy Jones character representative of satan, who we all know is the father of deception and lies. I think his character portrayed that well. We as Christians know that satan is deceptive; he is the father of lies; and that he tries to make himself appear to have power, that he tried to make himself equal to God. I saw that as a perfect opportunity to tell anyone who will listen that JESUS is the way, the truth, and the life; and that like Jones character, satan is the father of lies, the very epitome of evil, that he is not to be trusted, not to be bargained with, etc.

I will say that this movie is NOT for young children. Take the rating seriously. Generally, I am very cautious with PG-13 movies myself; because quite frankly, I think many times PG-13 films are unfit for teenagers to see. In many cases PG-13 films have many sexual references and innuendoes, language, etc. With that being said, I thought PG-13 was an appropriate rating for this film. I watched the movie with my 15-year-old with no real qualms or squeamish moments like I have had with some PG-13 films in the past.

If you’ve seen the first film, you will want to see this one; but you will likely be somewhat disappointed in this sequel. On a moral scale, I mentioned the things that some will find objectionable. Personally I thought them a good portrayal of good versus evil and a perfect opportunity to use them to discuss good versus evil and what the Bible says. I repeat, if it has been a long time since you’ve seen the first one, you should rent it before going to see this movie. And a reminder, the film really might not be appropriate for young children, particularly if they frighten easily. There are many gruesome and grotesque images, monster-type creatures, action events—one or two that will take you by surprise and make you jump—throughout the film, all things that could very easily frighten young children.
My Ratings: Average / 3
Melisa, age 34
Negative—I was surprised by this movie, and I mean by how awful it was! I loved the first movie and was counting the days until this film was released. I knew that it would be a little bit darker, but I was wrong; it was MUCH darker. The one aspect that really offended me was how the film portrays the voodoo woman as someone who provides answers (I was also disappointed in how the lead characters search her out for wisdom and guidance)! The lady next to us in the theatre was also offended by this demonic practice being presented to children as a worthy path.

“Dead Man’s Chest” left me with more questions than answers. The only factor that I considered worthy of mention would be the fight sequences. They were exciting, but every time I found myself thinking “I get the idea. Can we move on now?” I would NOT recommend this film, but if you choose to go anyway, don’t leave your brains at the door.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
Carolyn, age 20
Negative—I wish we had walked out. Parts of this movie were so gruesome I couldn’t stand to watch. We kept waiting for something good to come out of it. They took a good movie (Pirates I), a family friendly movie, and stripped the characters of dignity, honor, and humor—plunging them into darkness for two and a half VERY long hours. Our entire family was disappointed.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
Sandra, age 40
Negative—Our children (ages 13 and 11) wanted to see this movie, so my wife and I joined them for an evening out. I have mixed feelings about this film. First off, let me say we were pleasantly surprised to find a movie without foul language or sexual content. Our kids loved it. We, however, found ourselves ready for it to end after an hour or so. The plot wandered, and some of the scenes were way to long, not to mention the movie itself. I guess the “hype” of the promotional advertisements didn’t match the movie itself. I love adventure movies but it was lacking in many ways. My wife and I wished we had sent the children by themselves. I would not sit through it again. If you are checking reviews for your older kids, they’ll be fine.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 2
T Wills, age 49
Negative—I had a feeling that the second “Pirates of the Caribbean” wouldn’t match the first. What I didn’t know was how much evil they’d throw at me once I was in my seat. Opening with the sight of a man’s battered and bloody feet, the movie immediately reveals itself to lack the fun side of the first. We move in unrelenting darkness from scene to scene and the movie does not give Jack Sparrow enough lines to lighten the mood. This dark mood is sustained as Jack is visited by a dead seaman who appears encrusted with barnacles and has sea lice running in his hair. Before we know it, we visit a voodoo lady who oozes lasciviousness. When the undead crew, complete in demonic metamorphosis, attacks Orlando Bloom, I began to wonder why I was still in my seat. I leaned over to my husband and said, “I can’t watch this anymore.” He said, “Let’s go.” We didn’t even ask for money back. It was good enough to get out of there. To be honest, I had misgivings before we purchased our tickets. But sometimes we overcome the guidance God quietly gives us. I believe this is how the enemy lures us in. “Come on, this is a fun thing… you’re not a prude, are you? Look on these things and enjoy.” The enemy would have us become inured to the sight of evil. …
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
DMH, age 39
Negative—Very poor movie making. A cheap attempt to cash in on the success of the Black Pearl. The darkness of this film should not be taken lightly. Save your money, time, and above all else “guard your heart” from this dark, Disney pillaging.
My Ratings: Offensive / 1
D. J. Penny, age 36
Negative—My son and I were really looking forward to seeing this film. We do not go to movies very often, choosing to wait for the DVD. However, we purchased our tickets a head of time, and saw it the first night it came out. From the beginning, I could feel the let down as if sharing the let down Will Turner and his wife-to-be were experiencing from the demise of their wedding. Perhaps because the first Pirates film was so great and my families’ all-time favorite, we had our hopes set to high on the second one. But being objective, I can’t really say that is the reason why I am so disappointed in this sequel. It definitely is much darker, much darker than the first. And that is from the moment it starts. It’s something I am glad my two daughters didn’t attend.

The sequel lacks the positive elements that the first Pirate’s movie had. The light heartedness, humor, loyalty, and swashbuckling action just are not in the second movie as the first. There are some elements of these things, but in much smaller amounts. Instead there is more violence, trickery and mystery as to what is really going on. I’ve read reviews saying it tended to drag and I had to agree. Watching the first movie, I never thought of looking at my watch. I did during the showing of this one.

And the scene with the cannibals to me could have been entirely left out. It seemed to be just a diversion or filler. I thought the whole cannibal scene left Jack somewhat less heroic and more concerned for himself than his crew or Will Turner. Indeed, throughout the movie, I felt Jack was more motivated to serve his own self interests than he had in the first one. In the first Pirates movie, I felt Jack balanced his own personal desires with the welfare of others. In this movie, Jack let me down by his own selfish ambitions.

Finally the ending wasn’t one. I was left with my mouth hanging open when I realized the movie was finished. Clearly it was done in order to promote the third movie. At least with the first Pirates, you felt it could stand alone in itself. As I shared, I almost always buy a DVD rather than going to the movies, but this movie has me thinking I may not buy the DVD when it comes out. There just isn’t too many redeeming qualities about this sequel that I would want to view time and again.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
Tom, age 48
Negative—I was extremely disappointed with this movie. I’m a big fan of the first movie and enjoyed the light, fun feel of it. So I was looking forward to seeing the second. But only a few minutes into it I was struck by the difference in the feel of the movie. The first movie was bright and fun, this movie was dark and oppressive. The violence and gruesome imagery was at times too much to handle and many of the scenes went on for far too long and were repeated too many times throughout a very long movie. I was uncomfortable with many occultish themes that were far more emphasized in this movie than the first. It was just overall a depressing and dark movie that doesn’t leave you feeling nice.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
Louise, age 22
Negative—We thought this second Pirates was not as entertaining as the first, and we were glad when the film finally ended. The movie had a witch in it that Jack Sparrow sought advise from, and it had plenty of selling one’s soul to the devil in it, too. Keira Knightley’s performance was weak, and Johnny Depp seemed bored in his. Orlando Bloom’s performance was very good as usual. Overall, I was surprised by the positive reviews on this movie.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
Scott, age 45
Negative—…Regarding the quality of how the movie was made: I think the beginning was really to hard to follow and took about five minutes or so to understand what was going on. Why they didn’t just continue the movie from the first one I don’t know. I want you to understand this is NOT your typical sequel movie; the ending was more like someone pressed pause on your DVD player and told you had to pay another I think that was truly a disappointment!

Regarding the Moral of how this movie was made: Many people had there kids watch the first movie even if there children were under the age of 13. I had my 9 year old see there first one AFTER I saw it in the movie because I felt it was cleaner than “Indiana Jones” movies or equal to any “Star Wars” movie. On that note, I WOULD NOT allow anyone under 13 to see this one. It is PG-13 for some very good reasons. The characters really have gotten all bad compared to the first movie. I would have thought with the HUGE following they had, they would have kept near a PG type movie or softer PG-13… William Turner’s soon to be wife (as evident in the first movie) becomes very un-moral. It is much more violent, but really no blood that I recall. Jack really shows his pirate side in this one, and he is not the so-called hero as the first movie. There is some witch doctor women who seemed to be hitting up on William Turner as well. It was hard to come home to my kids who were so wanting to see this movie and look in there faces and tell them this movie was really to much for them at their age. As far as it being a PG-13 rating movie, I guess it was okay, what do expect to see at a PG-13 movie?
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
Kevin, age 32
Negative—There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said—not nearly as good as the original, and much darker. I highly recommend the wonderful sword fight, and little else. Let us hope the third can go back to the lightheartedness of the original, although the way it ends leaves little option for that. Watch this movie only if you were already determined to, otherwise you might as well leave it alone.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Ken Goding, age 21
Negative—Sorry to say that we spent our hard earned money to go see this movie. Don’t make the same mistake we did!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
Jenise Woodward, age 34
Negative—I read that this film did not have any cussing so my husband and I watched it. We were very disappointed, the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” was clean and wholesome. The first one showed that good conquers evil, always, and that it is worth being the good guy. This Pirates movie not only has 3 cuss words (1 a-word and 2 d-words) see ScreenIt for more details, but was not a wholesome good-guy-wins movie. Nothing was resolved and it left you feeling heavy-hearted. I was very disappointed. We will definitely wait a good while before we see the 3rd one to make sure it is not a dud.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Heather, age 25
Comments from young people
Negative—When I walked out of the auditorium, I wasn’t very impressed by this film. It does have its strong points, but not really enough to impress me. This movie was a complete let down. All that hype and it did not live up to it, not in the slightest, let alone come even close to the first movie in quality.

Johnny Depp’s performance is great in this film. Mr. Depp is such a versatile actor. His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow is even better than the first film, but I can’t really say the same for anyone else, except for maybe Lee Arenberg’s and Mackenzie Crook’s performances as Pintel and Ragetti, respectively. I love their characters and they managed to pull them off again very well, if not better than they did in the first film. See all »
My Ratings: Average / 3
Matthew Rozier, age 19
Positive—I liked the movie, but I hated it when they talked about the Bible as if it was just a moral guide. I didn’t like the lewdness or sexuality. Some parts were very funny. …This movie is not at all for young kids or some teens. Very gory and depressing. If you watch this, keep an Christian view on everything you see.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
Timothy, age 18
Positive—This review clearly explains all of the reasons “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was rated PG-13. Frankly, don’t take your children to the movie theater to see this. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley acted well. I laughed out loud at moments of humor. The “danger” theme song was brilliant and added to the action.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Elizabeth, age 19
Positive—I really enjoyed this movie! Johnny Depp, Kiera Knightly, and Orlando Bloom acted really well and I think the storyline was great. I have more pro’s than con’s, I will discuss my con’s first:

Con’s: I find that this movie, for younger younger children, may be a bit scary, especially when they scare easily. I had a younger boy sit next to me about 10 or a bit younger and he didn’t seem to mind, but I would think anything younger might be a little troubled. As for the violence I will say some of it was disturbing, but being a fan of horror I cannot say it was offensive to me, but it might be to someone else. You could tell that the person was dying but in a way that didn’t make it into such a horrific manner. It did show a bit of blood but not anything to gory. Like I said, I’m different and a big fan of horror so I really don’t know when too much is too much. For anyone that might take offense to the clothing, nothing much is to be worried about in that department unless you hate at least a little cleavage shown. I myself get offensive of girls showing off but I’d say the only part I was a little concerned about was in the begging and that’s about it. Language—hmm, not much but maybe a few d-words but that’s about it. See all »
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Lacey, age 14
Positive—I wanted to love this movie. I cannot begin to explain to you how much I WANTED to absolutely fall in love with this film. I am still trying to like “Dead Man’s Chest,” and that’s why I put “Positive” on my opinion. We arrived at the theatre two hours early and stood in a line. I brought my eight year old brother along thinking this would be an awesome sequel to the swashbuckling “Curse of the Black Pearl”. But alas, it was not meant to be. The first few minutes are what set the stage for any movie and for “Dead Man’s Chest”; it was a particularly disturbing setup: Prisoners being dragged by their chains, wailing with pain, and others caged and bound where crows pecked their eyes out.

This film was funny, there are quite a few laughs and Jack Sparrow is hilarious as he bumbles his way trying to escape a cannibalistic ritual. But there was also something missing in him this time around. In the first film the characters cared for each other. Jack looked out for Will (more than less) and they managed to overcome their differences to achieve a greater good. In this film, Jack is presented as not caring a pennysworth for Will and even trying to woo away Will’s fiance! Overall, I found this film disappointing, and if the filmmakers plan on a third one they better rethink their plan of action. Why couldn’t they just uphold the standards that “Curse of the Black Pearl” set? Here’s hoping that the third one will redeem the series; here’s hoping that I’ll even care to see the third one at all.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Willow, age 17
Negative—To begin with, I very much enjoyed the first movie. I just saw “Dead Man’s Chest” today and this one was not nearly as good as the first one! I walked into the theater expecting a fun and exciting movie with little objectionable content. That was not what I got at all! First of all, the story was much more complex than the first one. And much of it didn’t make any sense at all! Also, they didn’t explain parts of the movie enough and some parts seemed to be thrown in there for no reason at all. The movie was MUCH too long! I kept wondering when it was going to end. It was very tedious. It really was just not an extremely well-thought out or well-edited movie. As for the content, it was MUCH darker than the first one! The bad guys are much scarier and truly evil. Also there is a voodoo priestess that has a rather large part in the movie that, to me, was completely unnecessary. I didn’t hear any language that I can recall.

I went to see the movie with my dad, my 10 year old sister, my 7 year old brother, and my 4 year old sister and I winced at some of the violence that they were seeing. It was not so much what they showed but what they almost showed but then cut away from. For instance several characters get beheaded or have their throats slit by the bad guys just as the camera cuts away, a character is whipped and while you don’t see the blows you get a clear view of his bloodied back afterwards, and you get a brief glimpse of a bird pecking a prisoner’s eye out. And that’s just a part of it. There was also a very uncomfortable part that involved cannibals. It was very dark and creepy. None of my siblings got too scared by it but they were definitely creeped out. I felt all right with the 10 year old seeing it but I was very nervous with the other two. The movie was pretty much a two and a half hour trailer for the third movie. They left too many loose strings at the end. I feel that they should have resolved something just to give some sense of fulfillment…
My Ratings: Average / 2
Shelby Purvis, age 14
Positive—This film is rated PG-13 for a reason. I saw many children under the age of 13 leave the theatre with their parents before the movie was half finished, because it was frightening and gory. The gore although not realistic to adults and teens is too much for children. The film contained a few damn’s and 1 ass combined with another word I couldn’t quite catch. This movie contained a lot of humor pertaining to the first movie and was hilarious. The characters from the first movie were well built upon by this movie, and the ending leaves you anticipating the third. Great adventure. Great romance. Great humor. Lots of fun.
My Ratings: Good / 4
Lyd, age 19
Positive—…I enjoyed the film. However, it seemed a lot longer than the first. The acting was good, but it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would have been. …clean for the most part.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 2
Aleshia Horner, age 18
Positive—My friends and I dressed up like pirates and went to the midnight showing of this movie. We were really excited because we loved the first one, but this one was a letdown in comparison. I think the problem was that there was a new director. On its own, it’s an okay movie, but the first one is much better. I would not advise letting any young children see this movie. The bad guys aren’t as creepy as they were on the first one, but they are much grosser. There’s barnacles and whatnot growing out of people’s faces. There’s also a scene at the beginning where a bird pecks out someone’s eyes, just to give you a little idea of the violence. Overall, it’s an okay movie. I would see this before you let your kids see it.
My Ratings: Average / 3
Brittney, age 15
Neutral—“Dead Man’s Chest” was not nearly as good as I had been anticipating, but I can’t help but like it. It was gory, and I am glad my 8-year-old brother didn’t come to see it, though I think it’s okay for kids 12 and up. What I’m most concerned about, however, is if this is what the second one was like, how bad will the third be?
My Ratings: Average / 4
Mae, age 13
Positive—Overall, I thought that this movie was very entertaining—the plot line was complex enough to keep my attention pretty well, it was funny, had non-stop action, and was well acted. I definitely think that the PG-13 rating should be taken seriously. The monsters were, in fact, very gross. Much more disturbing than the undead pirates in the first movie. There was a disgusting scene near the beginning of ravens picking someone’s eye out, plenty of violence (of course) but I’d say more than the first movie because of the scene where Will Turner is whipped. There’s also heavy content, you know, scary dead monsters who tear apart ships and are after people’s souls, someone about to be burned alive, etc.

Morals are treated lightly in this film, kinda like the last one. The people representing justice are just out to manipulate people and make gain for themselves. Jack Sparrow keeps trying to save himself at the expense of other peoples lives, and lying, and whatnot. Elizabeth, also, forced people to sign a document (the movie seemed to be a lot about gaining the upper hand and forcing people to do things, whether it be the Governor dude offering freedom if he got the compass, Jack Sparrow trying to force Will to help him, Everyone wanting to force Davy Jones, Elizabeth forcing signatures, etc) and also at the end of the movie she betrayed Jack’s trust and left him to die; it might have been necessary, but it was a low and dirty tactic. See all »
My Ratings: Average / 5
Rebekah, age 18
Positive—Let me start by saying that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series is most certainly targeted at teens and adults. Thus, it is rated PG-13. Thus, only teens and adults should watch it. Now, on to the review. “Dead Man’s Chest” is certainly a second chapter in a trilogy. It starts with little introduction, and ends with little resolution. You may want to watch the first movie before you go to this. The movie features excellent acting, effects, and music. It’s an entertaining time, provided, of course, you are old enough to handle some mildly disgusting bad guys. The film falls short, however, in the storytelling. The first hour or so was intensely dark and serious, with little comic relief. Just when the audience is adjusting itself to the new tone, the movie switches, and becomes light and silly, with slapstick humor all around. Finally, it evens out towards the end, but I was left thinking that it could have been improved greatly if there was more comic relief in the beginning and more serious scenes in the middle. Still, it was good fun, and I can’t wait for the next movie.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Joey, age 17
Neutral—As with many others, I have been anticipating this film for months. The first movie had a great message of redemption, but this sorely disappointing flick had witchcraft, gory violence, and a very misplaced kiss. At one point I saw a mother taking her daughter out of the theater because she was crying. The only reason I am giving this a neutral rating is because cinematography is excellent and the few funny and clever parts.
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
Benjamin Layman, age 13
Positive—Don’t think that just because you let your young kids see the first one that you have to let them see this movie. I really liked it myself, but I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 13. Take the PG-13 rating seriously. In the first few minutes, you see crows picking at decaying people’s skin, and it’s pretty gross. This one seemed to be more gross than the first one. It had it’s funny moments, though, and had a really good plot! I think that anyone 13 and above would really like this movie. **You should stay after the credits, they have a little clip at the end like they did at the end of the first.**
My Ratings: Average / 4
Angela, age 16
Negative—Not a good movie. In fact, its the first I ever walked out of, with 45 minutes left. To start with the mild issues, the characters don’t really have the same personalities, especially Jack who is less crazy and more bored and serious, Elizabeth is more sexual, etc. There is witchcraft, Jack eating a human toe, a crow graphically picking someone’s eyes out while it shows corpses, and this last thing was at the beginning of the movie and quite a shocker. But the thing I really hated was inhabitants of Davy Jones ship. I mean, it was like they were in hell. There was algae and sea creatures growing off them, and some guy was part of the wall of the ship and you could see his brain sticking to it as he moved forward. The villains in the first movie were all mostly caricatures with a good sized portion of necessary depth of character some times, but these things were just gross.

But the very worst part was when Davy Jones asked the one pirate is he was afraid to die, and the pirate held up a cross and said he’d take his chancing and then got pushed into the water. I think its necessary to verbally rebuke demons, but I still thought that was kind of like mocking God, saying he’s powerless like most movies do nowadays.

Anyway, if you’re still not discouraged enough from seeing this terrible movie, I have one more thing to say. Its boring.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
Ashley, age 15
Neutral—My friends and I were all very excited to come and see this movie. They are avid fans of the first movie, while I am not quite as avid a fan, I did enjoy the first movie and was extremely excited to see this one. As the last preview played I prepared myself for a light hearted opening that would pick up where the last one left off. No such luck. The movie begins gloomily, and keeps getting darker from there. 15 minutes into the movie I felt a rush of evil just bursting out of the screen. Thankfully that feeling passed, but the movie didn’t get any better. It continued to go off on to tangents that didn’t seem important to the story at all. The fights were annoying, and scenes were drawn out so much that I almost fell asleep. Some scenes were very confusing, and left me asking my friends around me to explain what happened. The graphics were disturbing, and I really would not recommend this movie for someone that has a weak stomach.

When deciding whether or not you want your children to see this movie, consider how well they would take graphic and disturbing images. I know my 13 year old brother would be fine with this movie, and I think my 11 year old sister would be as well, but I cannot say that of all 13 and 11 year olds. If you are not for sure you can wait until it comes to video, as movies are not as disturbing when seen in your living room. See all »
My Ratings: Average / 3
Kayley, age 17
Positive—I just got back from viewing this film. I loved it! I thought it was hilarious, had awesome special effects, and some great fight sequences. My family (4 people, not including me) did not find it so amusing. As a matter of fact, many of them completely disliked it. I thought it was just a step below the first one, but very good. The objectionable content included about 4 minor swear words. In the beginning, Elizabeth’s dress showed quite a bit of cleavage, but she got into more modest clothes later on. There were also some other parts where women wear very low-cut dresses. Thankfully, these parts are not high in quantity or lengthy. There were also a couple of passionate kisses.

Younger children will find Davy Jones’s crew to be quite frightening. There was also a witch doctor type person, and parts with her included talk of magic and such, but I found it very fairy-tale like rather than realistic. The violence was worse than the first one, but not as bad as “Lord of the Rings” by any means, especially since much of it is played for laughs. Overall, I wouldn’t watch this in theaters more than once, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. It did, however, have some puzzling plot twists and the characters were hard to figure out some times, but all in all I liked the movie.
My Ratings: Average / 4
Geno, age 16
Positive—I just saw this movie today! I thought that it was a great sequel to the first one! There was nothing sexual in it, only a few kisses. I, personally would not recommend this to anyone under ten, or anyone else that gets scared easily; it was not scary to me, but it probably would be for younger children! Davy Jones was scary, but his crew was more frightening! Overal, this movie was very harmless and was a great sequel to the first; I loved it!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Lauren, age 13
Neutral—My recommendation is to not, for the life of you, take anyone under 8. I was really scared myself. It has good humor and is really entertaining. I am big fans of Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, and kind of a fan for Johnny Depp. It has no cuss words or any other stuff—just violence and creepy things. All together I’d say it’s a pretty good movie.
My Ratings: Good / 4
Kailey, age 14
Positive—I went to see this movie today [opening day] at midnight, and it was not disappointing (it also kept me awake). I loved the action and the comedy relief provided by Captain Jack Sparrow as well. Overall, I would not not recommend this movie to children 12 and under thanks in part to Davey Jones and his crew which would definitely scare them. The action is very well done and also fun to watch along with the music which was excellent. Another thing is there was no cussing, that I was aware of, except for when Elizabeth said Oh, G**, and there is also a lot of gross scenes that are definitely not necessary for children to watch (they didn’t bother me though). The movie was one of the best I’ve seen, and I can’t wait for the 3rd one to come out next year.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Kurt, age 15
Positive—THIS MOVIE WAS SWEEEET!!!… It’s an awesome action-adventure that has a great cliff-hanger ending. However, the use of some witchcraft and some rather disturbing images (such as a man getting eaten alive by crows and someone else getting snapped in half by a sea monster) may not be appropriate for smaller children. There is also some inappropriate language in this otherwise great movie. I recommend this movie for ages 12+.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Sean, age 14
Positive—I was so excited to see the second movie of the “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and when I went to the movies to see it, I was glad I did. This movie was really exciting and entertaining, action packed and the graphics were totally believable. The only thing that I did not agree with was the relationship between Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth. They held against each other the idea that at one point they will each become the complete opposite people that they are: Jack will become a good guy and Elizabeth will become a dishonorable pirate, because of curiosity to explore what they don’t have (this does happen at one point in the movie). But besides that the movie showed to be really good. It went to show that a father will do anything for his children, which was expressed between Will and his father. This movie is a must see!!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Kaitlyn, age 15
Positive—…It was great! First of all, Elizabeth’s father was very good when he illegally took Elizabeth out of prison! He cared about her! He was spying and heard a horrible threat that was going to be done to her and he wanted her to be safe! A lot of characters in there also intent to give up their lives for one another. Also, Jack considered the safety of his crew when he said Abandon Ship! Even though it was The Black Pearl, the ship he loved. …Don’t get me wrong. It is scary for younger children, but it is not bad movie!…
My Ratings: Better than Average / 3
Micah, age 13
Positive—Let me defend “DEAD MAN’S CHEST”: The movie is REALLY fun, adventurous, exciting, thrilling, scary, and such a great movie to see in the summer. …But this one is not as good as the first one, but only by a tiny bit. The action is great and not boring. The characters evolve and never stay the same, which keeps things interesting. And the humor is nonstop. And parents need to know HEED THE PG-13 rating. Last time I checked, PG-13 doesn’t mean KID-FRIENDLY. It means the film is for kids over 13. And last time I also checked, parents should be able to READ and RESEARCH the movie and be aware of this rating and why it’s rated PG-13.

The violence is more adventurous than gory. The first film had more violence actually, the first film had a lot of strong implications of pirates shoving stakes or swords into innocent people’s head. This only happens ONCE in “DEAD MAN’S CHEST.” The violence is held back a bit, it’s the action that’s a bit more intense, but still fun. Only take your kids if they could handle the first film. If they handled the first film well, then they can easily take on the creatures in “DEAD MAN’S CHEST.” And when I saw the movie, yes the people were cannibals, but they NEVER ate ONE person. The only major flaw was that weirdo “voodoo” lady that no one can understand. But, anyway, it’s a fun-filled summer adventure for more mature kids, but mostly aimed at tweeners, teenagers and parents. It also teaches some very good morals. Like TRUST, and INDEPENDANCE, and the importance of SURVIVAL. …
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Ethan, age 19
Positive—This movie was awesome! Rock on William Turner. Just like the first movie, this one was positive. Language was minor. No sex scenes, although a few kisses were in there. This movie may be scary for children 10 and under. I loved it! It was a bit too long, but it was fun!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 3
Micah, age 13
Positive—…it was DEFINITELY worth the wait AND the money!!! A bit gruesome but nothing at all offensive!!!… My Ratings: Good / 4
Jessica, age 14
Positive—This movie was sweet! It’s an awesome action-adventure movie with an ending that leaves you longing for the third. However, some inappropriate language and rather scary images (such as people getting eaten alive by crows and another getting snapped in half by a sea monster) may not be good for younger children to see. I recommend children 12 and over to be able to see this. This is one of my favorite movies of the summer, don’t miss it!
My Ratings: Average / 4
Sean, age 14
Positive—…I absolutely loved it. It was a little creepy, and I wouldn’t recommend it for younger audiences; the PG-13 rating is appropriate. The voodoo woman, I believe, was the creepiest of all the characters. There is really something scary about this type of person. The monsters in the movie are a little scary, but they are “monsters” after all. …
My Ratings: Average / 4
Allyson, age 12
Positive—The movie was well done—witty, humorous, and clever. The special effects and animation was incredibly well done, and the cinematography and costumes were wonderful. As for moral objections, there were a few sexual comments, though those were very mild. There was some kissing in the movie, but I think that was the most sexual it got. As for language, I believe it was very mild. So much that I wouldn’t worry about taking a seven-year-old just because of that. The violence, however, is the most offensive thing in the movie. Many people are seen dying or in the process of dying, though the amount of blood was limited. If a child is disturbed by such images, then that movie should best be avoided.

There is also the question of the afterlife. God and heaven was not mentioned as far as I could tell, though Hell was briefly referred to. But this is part of the fantasy in the movie, and it did not bother me at all. The movie also ended in the middle of the story, similar to “Lord of the Rings”. In the theater we were left gaping at the screen, for the first few minutes unable to comprehend the fact that the movie was, in fact, over. If you hate cliffhangers, then wait for the third movie. But I would suggest seeing the movie. It was very funny, well done, and surprisingly void of sexuality or profanity. This would certainly be worth your money.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Rachael, age 14
Positive—It was cool and pretty gory. If you like bloody movies then watch it!!!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
John H, age 9
Positive—I just saw …“Dead Man’s Chest” yesterday. I really loved it. I’ve been thinking, and I really don’t know which I liked more, the first or second one. But this movie totally deserved its PG-13 rating. It was much more gory, violent, and graphic then the first. I don’t think that people who are at least under 9 should see this movie (although I did see some younger kids in the theatre and they didn’t seem to have a problem with it). I guess it just depends on the kid.

There are also some really disgusting parts in it, and some very disgusting creatures. I actually had to close my eyes at one point (and I don’t do that very often.) The only part that I didn’t like was that the ending was incomplete. It just left you hanging wanting to know what happens next. I guess that this was the purpose; to make you want to come back to see the third one. Its a shame its not going to be coming out for like three years. My advice is to see this movie but wait to let your little kids see it until you approve. But just so you know, you will not be wasting your money. Dead Man’s Chest is a great movie!
My Ratings: Average / 5
Theresa, age 13
Positive—The movie was decent. It wasn’t AWSOME! Or RADICAL. It was okay. A little profanity, and 1 makeout scene and that was pretty much it. …But I have to say the first movie was far better. But then again when is a sequel ever better?
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
D. Robbie, age 15
Positive—“Dead Man’s Chest” was released with a lot to live up to after the fantastic “Curse of the Black Pearl”, and I must say that this sequel didn’t fall short as so many sequels do. The big difference in this movie is that the filmmakers now had to stretch out the storyline in order to continue it next summer. It wasn’t quite as lighthearted as the first, being a little more creepy and violent, but I very much disagree with the review contributor that it should have been rated R. It is definitely not an R movie. However, it’s rated PG-13 for a good reason. As many people have already stated, I wouldn’t take anyone younger than a mature 10 year old to this one.

That said, the scenes on the Caribbean islands really saved the film with it lush foliage and color. There’s a lot of good cinematography in this one too. They have some really creative shots. The fight scene on the water wheel was very cool! The storyline was good. The new character of Davy Jones was the perfect villain, yet he brilliantly portrayed his sorrow over lost love, even through all those tentacles—thanks to the superb special effects guys! See all »
My Ratings: Average / 5
Leeann Cook, age 15
Positive—I absolutely loved this movie! Being a big fan of the first POTC I was really looking forward to it. I felt there was good chemistry between the actors and they developed their characters well. The storyline was good and the movie built well. The first scene is a bit disturbing, as are the cannibal scenes. It isn’t a kids movie and I wouldn’t recommend it to children under 10. Obviously the movie is not morally sound seeing the theme is piracy, but there is nothing objectionable. Definitely worth seeing in the theatre!
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Sarah, age 17
Positive—…it was definitely not as good as the first, but sequels rarely are. It was more gory than the first, and the bad guys were a lot creepier, so you probably shouldn’t take young children (probably under 10) to it. The acting, and sound track were all great, as in the first, and the special effects were amazing!! All in all it was a pretty good movie, and I am genuinely looking forward to the third “Pirates” now!!
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
Trent S, age 14
Positive—…It was immensely entertaining with a wonderful music score, great acting (who can beat Johnny Depp?), and such imaginative detail and plot, etc.! I enjoyed it more than any movie I have seen so far this summer. The violence was heavier than the first movie, but it was not extreme and not really gruesome or gory. “Lord of the Rings” was more gruesome than this film, really. This movie was more funny than the first one, as well; my friends and I could not stop laughing! I loved each character, you just fall in love with each one. I liked how it had a lot of different stories happening, it had constant action and adventure, and there were a lot of twists and turns. It seems impossible for any fans of the first POTC to dislike this one. In my book, it’s better than the first film. Yes, I DID say that, better. And it even had more spiritual content. I loved it! Yes, it may leave you hanging, but that’s only to drive you to see the third one when it comes out! But frankly, in my mind, this movie was brilliant and it will be hard to beat it this summer. …
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Amy, age 16
Positive—I believe this movie was wonderful and funny entertainment. Disney has made another winner. Sure, it isn’t as family friendly, but if you’re looking for family entertainment, why would you go to a movie like this? Have you seen the preview? If you’re looking for a family-friendly movie go see Disney’s “CARS”, it is amazing family fun. This Pirates is great for older kids and parents, it is a funny, exciting fast-paced movie. Johnny Depp does another winning performance. The movie does have a lot more intense tone then the first, but it also has more humor which evens it out. I would recommend this movie for ages 12 and up who were fans of the first one. I disagree with the “Very Offensive” rating because this movie is by far not offensive as movies we see today. It is a “Better than Average” in my books because it provides a safe fun movie for teenagers to go to when today teen movies so much appear as disgusting movies as “Scary Movie” and “American Pie”.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 5
Adam N., age 16
Positive—I am a really big fan of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Pirates 2 was definitely not as good. Everything was great about the movie, but it lacked the certain spark that Pirates 1 had. It also is a much darker film than Pirates 1, but I didn’t find that it should have been R-rated. It’s definitely not as dark as “Return of the King”, and it doesn’t have as scary of monster as the orcs in the last Lord of the Rings. This is DEFINITELY NOT a kids movie. I saw a mom with a 4 year old, and he started crying during one of the rather scary scenes. Don’t bring little kids to see this movie, but I think that 10 or 11 and up could handle this. About any racism? I didn’t find anything wrong in the movie. …There weren’t any racist comments made or any jokes about ethnic people. And Captain Jack biting off a hangnail from that toe-necklace was gross, but it wasn’t disturbing or anything. There were only two kisses in the whole movie and neither of them were graphic. …
My Ratings: Average / 4
Amy, age 15
Positive—…There’s been a lot of question on the violence and gore of the film. I would say there was slightly more in it than the first film, but overall I wouldn’t say it was extremely nauseating or disgusting to watch. I understood that each person on Davey Jones’ crew have willingly decided to exchange a hundred years’ servitude with him on The Flying Dutchman and because of it they are cursed to look as they are and be as they are, just like in the first one where the undead crew are as they are because of the choices they made. If you can take “Lord of the Rings” with the battle scenes in Minas Tirith and at Helm’s Deep, then I assure you you can handle this film, because it’s tame compared to it. Plus, many of the scenes are meant to be comedic, like the fight scene on the island where Davy Jones’ heart is found. Now, I would not bring children ages 9 and under because they may not understand that it’s all been choreographed or get scared by some of the pirates of Davy Jones.

Secondly, there’s the controversy over the amount of body parts. Yes, they do use appendages here and there, but not excessively… Jack does wear a toe necklace as the cannibals think he’s a god. And the heart of Davy does look real but that’s because it’s meant to look real for us as the audience. I know it’s computer generated. If you can detach from the movie that it’s just a prop, then you enjoy the movie more. See all »
My Ratings: Good / 4
The Writer, age 17
Positive—…a good movie in my opinion. It has drama, violence, comedy, romance and the list goes on. I mostly watched it for the violence, forget the romance. Anyway, this film does have its “non-christian” parts as does every movie. But those parts aren’t extreme. Overall, this is an outstanding movie.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Chad, age 15
Positive—…this movie was great. I truly enjoyed it start to finish! Though I found the first movie above this sequel to it, it still doesn’t change my opinion of it being an outstanding movie. Morally this movie may offend quite a few people and will scare small children. However, I think most people should enjoy all that it has in the movie, they really play upon the pirate’s superstitions and what they believed in. The stuff this movie has in it just makes it more fun in my opinion.

…Everyone should be thankful for no sexual scenes in “Pirates of the Caribbean”, just a kiss or too. Unlike so many of today’s films which are completely trashed with garbage like that. …it’s an awesome action/adventure film. Fun sword fighting thrown in with even more creative scenery and props upon which the swordsmen dance with their blades. It’s enticing and comical with the little twists and turns they’ve decided to throw into this movie, along with the amazing acting job Johnny Depp does of the quirky, piratous, and ever popular Captain Jack Sparrow. It has a very good plot and leaves you with an almost unbearable cliffhanger at the end. It will keep you entertained through the entirety of the Caribbean. I highly recommend “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” to anyone who wants a fantastic trip of fantasy, action, love, comedy, and that feeling of dying to know what’s going to happen next! So, set your sails for the familure faces a lot of us loved from the first movie and sit back and and enjoy the story it unravels little by little feeling the salty sea air on your faces.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 4
Jane, age 16
Negative—…I didn’t like the first movie that much. It was passable, but I was a little disappointed by Disney’s making a PG-13 movie. Needless to say, I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing this one. I only went because I was over at a friends house and there were spots. Since then, I wished I could have seen “Cars”, which was my suggestion. I don’t know why, but most of my friends loved this movie. Okay, Pros: Not many. I liked the Kraken, and the character on the Dutchman wreck who was wearing a cross, implying Christianity. This character was by far the best in the movie, as he was willing to die for God rather than join Davey Jones.

Cons: Endless. The plot was totally boring and linear. I knew exactly what was going to happen in any given situation. *Spoilers* I knew that Norrington would take the heart and leave the empty box and dirt jar, I knew that Elizabeth was going to chain Jack to the Pearl, I knew it all. Even that it would be Barbossa at the end. It was just made so obvious throughout the whole movie. I was also disappointed that the Black Pearl—the fastest ship in the sea, the unsinkable, unstoppable Black Pearl—was sunk at the end. I agree with the reviewer when he says that Africans and such were portrayed in a racist manner. The cannibals were shown as subhumans with no intelligence at all. Any African Americans in this movie were disturbing characters with no sense of personal hygiene. I did not enjoy it at all. See all »
My Ratings: Offensive / 1
Andy Fagerlund, age 14
Positive—I have already seen this movie twice, and I thought it was excellent. It had a good, if not great story, and the acting was wonderful. While I respect this critic’s opinions, I think he/she was extremely hard on the movie. Yes, there were a few moments that were inappropriate for young children, but parents shouldn’t bring their young children to a movie rated PG-13. In certain scenes of cannibalism and the witch, the movie isn’t advocating these things, just showing them as part of the story. I overall thought the film was the cleanest “adult” movie I’ve seen in theatres in a very long time. The language was minimal, and while there was violence it wasn’t overpowering. I think the film was humorous, exciting, and very entertaining and would encourage most who liked the 1st to go see the 2nd.
My Ratings: Average / 5
Julie, age 17
Positive—I do not know what the reviewer is complaining about. This is one of the best movies I have ever watched. I watched on an airplane a few years ago. The violence is heavy, but not too graphic. The movie is not racist; the natives of the Caribbean were evil cannibals. I didn’t hear any cursing, though it is hard to hear anything on an airplane. The visual effects were great; and, like the first movie, the music is probably the best in the world. I may not be the person to get information on movies from, but I absolutely loved this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
Valentino, age 13 (Italy)
Positive—This movie was excellent. I believe the reviewer of this movie was quite extreme in her comments on the cannibals having a racist effect on the film, and unknowledgeable with regards to the plot, characterization, and morals of the story. She couldn’t get past the “disgusting de-humanized shipmates” of Davy Jones’ crew, and so, she could not fully appreciate the depth and further involvement this story presented. Yes, the characters got darker. What could one expect from a pirate movie? I believe that it is a greater threat to show the piracy white-washed as it was in the first movie than to show it in a greater, more sadistic nature as it was in “Dead Man’s Chest”. Desensitization comes from a misconceived perception on reality. This movie was more realistic in the depiction of pirates and how they lived.

I was honestly more disappointed with the ending of the first movie, not for a lack of fulfillment, but because of an abundance of mixed morals that swam through my head after it ended. I thoroughly enjoyed POTC 1, but the lightly tread immorality in the movie concerned me. The same was evident throughout the second with “little” incidents such as Jack continuously stealing small objects, or, more plainly, just the whole pirate theme. This movie portrayed truthfully (with a good mix of fiction and legend) the pirate lifestyle. I don’t see why, if you were going to see a pirate movie, you would expect any less. See all »
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
Andrew, age 19