Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
When the daughter of Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) is captured by pirates and kidnapped, the lowly blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) – who is hopeless in love with Elizabeth takes it upon himself to rescue her. He enlists the help of a swashbuckling pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who despite being a little off his rocker knows exactly how to find Miss. Swann and the pirates who took her. Jack has his own goal of course and that is the regaining control of his ship The Black Pearl which was taken by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and crew 10 years before. But there is more than meets the eye to this story. Barbossa and his crew are cursed for stealing Aztec gold. They are neither dead or alive. To break the curse they must return every piece of the gold to its original chest and a blood sacrifice along with it. Also starring Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Cook, Damian O’Hare, David Bailie, Michael Berry Jr., Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Kevin McNally, Zoe Saldana, David Schofield, Treva Etienne.
Based on the popular Disney amusement park ride, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl is an exciting adventure that is unceasingly entertaining. You wouldn’t think that a simple amusement park ride would be the fuel behind such an entertaining film. There is plenty of action and adventure to be had, but the entertainment mainly comes from Johnny Depp and his bizarre portrayal of the character Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp is known for “getting into” his characters but I think he took it a step further in this instances. But then we as the audience reap the rewards so I am not one to complain. In general the movie was well casted. The only main complaint that many critics had was how choreographed the whole film is. I don’t see this as a downfall because you kind of expect it from the start and it adds a different level of entertainment to it. I wouldn’t encourage kids to watch this unless they are a bit older because the pirates as skeletons could be kind of scary but otherwise it would make a great family night film.
9/10 Stars – Shockingly funny thanks to Johnny Depp and plenty of other things to enjoy as well. Can’t go wrong popping this into the player.
This is the one that started it all with Captain Jack Sparrow as the crazy pirate only looking out for his own hide. Personally, this movie was the best out of the whole lot of them and is the reason why it is on my personal top 100 list. Most of the time with movies, the first is the best because it is fresh, new and stylish, and not to say that the others don’t offer something new, but this story, along with it’s characters, is the most enjoyable to me. Johnny Depp launched himself as a major household name because of this movie and had people like my mother even knowing who he is. Johnny loves playing Captain Jack so much that they are even planning a 5th film at this time, even though there was no point to the 4th once Orlando Blood and Keira Knightly left the series. Disney has put out several films lately that I would classify as crap, but Pirates of the Caribbean was far from it and will enjoy the young and old.
9/10 Stars – Plenty of comedy, action and fun of the whole family. Just like the ride!
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