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

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by AVForums Dec 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Review
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The
    Curse of The Black Pearl
    should have been the worst
    film of the year. Not only is it
    a belated attempt to jump-start the
    pirate movie genre, but it's also
    based on a theme park ride!
    The plot is both straightforward and
    unnecessarily complicated, but I will
    at least try to outline it. The roguish
    pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny
    Depp) and blacksmith's apprentice Will
    Turner (Orlando Bloom) join forces to
    track down the evil Captain Barbossa
    (Geoffrey Rush). For Sparrow it's a shot
    at revenge, as Barbossa was originally
    one of his pirate crew who lead a
    mutiny and left him to die. For Turner,
    it is a chance to rescue his beloved
    Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley),
    who was kidnapped by Barbossa.
    What neither man realises is that
    Barbossa and his crew are undead,
    and they believe the solution to their
    infernal plight lies in Elizabeth's blood.
    So far, so ho-hum. And yet, Pirates
    of the Caribbean somehow manages
    to defy the odds and reveals itself
    to be the best blockbuster movie of
    the year by a considerable distance
    (despite a seemingly butt-numbing
    135 minute running-time). The reason
    why the film succeeds against all the
    odds is down to a number of factors.
    First we have the wit and charm that
    is sprinkled liberally throughout the
    script. Then we have the conceit of
    zombie pirates, a visual trick that
    works incredibly well onscreen thanks
    to the superb work by ILM. But more
    than anything else there is Johnny
    Depp. Every time his Captain Sparrow
    arrives, the film is energised by a truly
    nutty performance that proves that he
    is the most charismatic actor of his
    generation. Depp takes this film and
    almost single-handedly turns it into the
    most enjoyable cinema romp for years,
    so just sit back and enjoy the best
    blockbuster in recent memory.