Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl
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Released:  Wednesday, July 9, 2003  United States of America
Length:  143 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Rating: Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl

In PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, for the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) the crystalline waters of the Caribbean present a vast playground where adventure and mystery abound. But Jack’s idyllic life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) steals his ship, the Black Pearl, and later attacks the town of Port Royal, while kidnapping the Governor's (Jonathan Pryce) beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), joins forces with Jack to commandeer the fastest ship in the British fleet, the HMS Interceptor, in a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl. The duo and their crew are pursued by Elizabeth’s betrothed, the debonair, ambitious Commodore Norrington (Jack Davenport,“The Talented Mr. Ripley”) aboard the HMS Dauntless. Unbeknownst to Will, there is a curse that has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead – when exposed to moonlight, they are transformed into living skeletons. The curse they carry can be broken only if a once-plundered treasure is restored. Stunning visual effects bring these formidable foes to life as our valiant heroes clash mightily with Barbossa and his invincible pirates of the Caribbean.

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Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl Theatrical Review


"Yo-ho! Yo-ho! A good pirate movie finally!" The history of piracy is full of legend, treasure hunting and adventure. In sharp contrast, the history of pirate movies seems to be stricken with scurvy. Not since the ill fated "Cutthroat Island" (1995) has Hollywood even attempted to capitalize on this genre, leaving the door wide open for a fresh look at Piracy on the big screen. Who would step up to the challenge?

Enter the Walt Disney Company, whose "Pirates of The Caribbean" theme park ride, which has generated such enormous buzz over its lifetime, could serve as the backdrop to a swashbuckling tale. So how does one bring audio-animatronic Pirates to life on the big screen?

You begin by casting Johnny Depp in the leading role of "Captain Jack Sparrow", an eccentric, over the top, rock star of a Pirate. Our first introduction to his character, riding the mast of his sinking ship into port, shows just how Capt. Sparrow lives, on the edge and without a care but for himself. Depp's deer in the headlights, eye shadowed portrayal of this unique character is the highlight of the movie and works on many levels.

Capt. Sparrow meets up with the near flawless beauty and Governors daughter Elizabeth (portrayed here by the ravishing Keira Knightly). Many years before (and in a flashback in the opening scene of the movie) Elizabeth had met a young man named Will after rescuing him on the high seas who carried with him a gold medallion, but we'll get back to that in a moment. Knightly is a budding star and it really shows in this film with her dead-on performance and captivating presence.

The overarching plot surrounds the medallion that Elizabeth takes from young Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) to hide that he is in fact a Pirate himself. It turns out the medallion is part of an ancient curse handed down by the Aztec gods to the historic explorer Cortez. A group of Pirates happened upon the cursed treasure and plundered it, cursing them to walk the rest of their days as "undead" men. Their true colors are revealed by the moonlight which transforms them into monstrous skeletons, an effect that is used repeatedly throughout the movie. To undo the curse, the pirates must retrieve each medallion and spill the blood of those who carried it to repay the Aztec Gods. Sound corny? It is, but it works with a combination of great "moonlight skeleton" special effects and another wonderful performance by Geoffrey Rush as the cursed Captain Barbosa.

  The cursed pirates find Elizabeth and bring her aboard their ship, as they believe it is her blood they need to undo the curse. Will Turner turns to the aid of Jack Sparrow (who knows where their ship might be) to rescue her. Sparrow agrees, not out of want to help the bonnie lass but rather he wants to get back what is his, the cursed ship: The Black Pearl.

We are then treated to some exciting high seas adventure with undead pirates battling what seems like the entire British navy all the while Capt Jack uses his wit and sword play to battle Captain Barbosa for control of the Black Pearl.

The movies humor lends itself to some laugh out loud moments and none of the characters take themselves TOO seriously. Some gags are repeated over and over such as the women Capt Sparrow meets slapping him in the face or one of the undead pirates losing his "glass eye", but mostly the jokes work and there is never a lull in the pace of the movie.

Great acting, entertaining if not overly complex story, and some of the best Pirate Talk "there be" in the movies, all add up to a swashbuckling good time that the whole family will enjoy. Drink up me hardies. Yo-Ho!

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