Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
USA / English
"Prepare to be blown out of the water. "Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
A Pirate For Our Times
What lifts this film above typical Disney fluff is Johnny Depp's
humorous performance as pirate Jack Sparrow, the eccentric,
individualistic anti-hero, who confronts other pirates, and outwits a
humorless, incompetent bureaucratic establishment. Sparrow looks more
like Cher than Johnny Depp, and talks more like William F. Buckley than
a pirate. Geoffrey Rush is a worthy foil as the main rival pirate,
Barbossa, a character who vaguely resembles Margaret Hamilton in "The
Wizard Of Oz".
Most of the plot is silly. There's lots of fighting, shouting, and
general mayhem, all accompanied by a frantic score. It's a cinematic
slight of hand that conveys an illusion of substance. Or to say it a
little differently, this is your typical popcorn flick aimed at the
eyes and ears, but not the brain.
Still, I'm glad I watched it. Depp's deft performance gives us a
memorable character, one that is perhaps unique in cinema history.
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