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Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Pirates Of The Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest (Two-Disc Special Edition)[DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: £1.29

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A limp sequel, 28 Nov. 2006
This much anticipated sequel to the excellent Curse of the Black Pearl is a bit of a let down. Perhaps it was hyped up by the media too much but the fact is that it simply does not deliver. Jack, although a great character, displays none of the cunning from the first film; he is relegated to comic relief - the joke always seems to be on him, which is a shame as Johnny Depp deserves better. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley seem to be there just to look pretty, which they do extremely well. The plot has far too many twists and turns - I'm sure it could have been simplified - which makes the film drag on longer than it needs to.

I was hoping for a film that was a self-contained story, the same as the first, and I feel a bit cheated that I now have to wait for a third installment. However, I do think that the next one will be a vast improvement as second flms often turn out to be the worst in a trilogy - think Back To The Future or Temple of Doom for examples.

On the plus side, Bill Nighy does a great turn as Davey Jones and Jack Davenport is back as the dastardly Norrington. The CGI is brilliant, there are some excellent fight scenes and memorable comedy moments, not to mention the surprise twist at the end, but overall the film left me cold. It's worth a watch if only to see Johnny in a pirate outfit again - but why not just watch Curse of the Black Pearl? It's more satisfying.

Edward Scissorhands [1991] [DVD]
Edward Scissorhands [1991] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Price: £2.94

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burton's Ultimate Fairytale!, 14 July 2006
Edward Scissorhands rates as one of my all-time favourite films. Why? Because through this film, Tim Burton - a seriously underrated director - pours out the confusion and loneliness of adolescence, in the guise of a modern fairytale.

The film follows the plight of Edward, who is put together by an inventor. He is discovered living alone by the local Avon lady, who brings him to live in the 'perfect' town with her family. At first the locals are fascinated by this strange individual with scissors for hands, and welcome him, but it is not to last as Edward is hounded out of town, in scenes reminiscent of Frankenstein.

Burton picked the perfect leading man in a young Johnny Depp, who was desperate to shed his teen heart-throb image. By making him virtually unrecognisable as Edward, and by communicating through minimal speech, he paved the way for himself. Edward is a thoroughly engaging character - funny, sweet and tragic in turn. The story is captivating, and Depp plays it with such an innocence, using facial expression to wring the most out of his lonely character.

The imagery in the film is perfect - the carbon-copy houses juxtaposed brilliantly with the dark castle on the hill, the cheery nature of the locals compared to Edward's restrained emotions, the colours used for costumes with Edward in black, while everyone else is in bright, clashing shades. Burton uses this to communicate to the audience that we all feel the need to be accepted by society, and the pressures to be 'normal' can be overwhelming. Edward is an extreme example of an 'outsider', and his castle does not match the rest of the town, marking him out as 'not-one-of-us', to the townspeople. His attempts to fit in will ultimately never work because he does not know hate, anger or fear - until the end, when he realises he must be alone.

The central love story between Edward and Kim (Winona Ryder), is your basic Beauty and the Beast fare, although it is played beautifully by both, with a depth of understanding that these two are doomed never to be together. The scene where they part for the last time is heart-wrenching. Edward learns about love and human companionship only to have it snatched away at the hands of the ruthless mob.

The film is intricately shot and directed, and Danny Elfman's atmospheric score lends the film a haunting beauty. It is an absolute must-see for anyone, and essential for Burton and Depp fans. BUY IT!

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