Dazzling Depp delivers the booty
By Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
Were it not for the surefire allure of Johnny Depp in his quirky, swaggering repeat performance as Capt. Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
would be just another sequel: bigger, splashier, costlier, but not necessarily better.
This sequel also is less inventive than the original. It gets off to a slow, talky start, then suddenly seems too conscious of jam-packing every scene with thrills and excitement.
But it does deliver a combustible combination of ingredients for a summer blockbuster: a cornucopia of action and dazzling effects, some raucous humor and a large dose of Depp's winning charm.