Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Hello, hello!
We’re going to start another mini-series today. I’ll be reviewing all Pirates of the Caribbean starting, of course, with The Curse of the Black Pearl. Let’s get down to it!

The Plot (according to RT):

Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who’s in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates.

The Rating:

Over the years, I’ve seen this movie an indecent number of times. I don’t even usually watch pirate movies! So, there is no way I can compare how Pirates of the Caribbean holds up to literally any other pirate flick that is not in this franchise, all I can tell you is that this particular film is hell of a good time. The story is really cool, the casting is spot-on, and even after so many years, the CGI holds up surprisingly well.

There are so many quotable moments that have stuck with me over the years and downright hilarious and iconic scenes that will never get old. That is of course to a large part due to Johnny Depp’s performance. His take on Captain Jack Sparrow is what made the movies so special and what contributed substantially to the success of the whole franchise. I mean, I like both Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom in the film, but Depp’s character was the make it or break it part of the film.

For me, as I mentioned this was my introduction to the whole pirate genre. So, this felt super fresh and unique to me. I don’t know how special it is compared to the genre as a whole as I haven’t really seen any other films, but as is Pirates of the Caribbean is just an all-around good time that I can’t really compare to anything else. While the story does have its flaws, I not only appreciate the humor but there are so many parts of the film that are beautifully done. Just look at the costumes for example, those are impeccable. The dark vibe and set design along with the music give you this perfectly creepy atmosphere that just hits the spot. The action and fighting scenes are great and the script balances those nicely with dialogue and stories. I find that sometimes action films have a hard time reaching a good balance and end up with too many fighting scenes and it gets boring at some point, but here I think we have a good equilibrium. Everything comes together nicely and makes you want to watch more. Which is, I guess, why we have five movies at the moment.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a great kick-off for what would turn into a huge franchise. It’s funny, it’s beautifully made, it was fresh and unique when it came out and still holds up ‘till this day.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

  1. I do like this movie as it’s just so fun to watch though I wish Johnny Depp could do something serious for a change as he needs to stop doing caricatures. It was fun for a while but it got old quick.

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