Movie Review: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

Rating: PG-13
Length: 143 minutes
Release Date: July 9, 2003
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy

Stars: 4 out of 5

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” single-handedly made pirates tony again in the eyes of moviegoers everywhere. Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Jack Sparrow wasn’t his first role, besides it is arguably his most well known to today’s audiences. This show is also notable for ad hoc Disney’s first major release rated higher than PG. It has a amalgam of apogee adventure, humor, swashbuckling swordplay, and everything people expect from a pirate film.

The film opens on the ocean in the 1700s, where a ship is sailing from England to Port Royal, a British colony in the Caribbean. A young girl, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), is singing a pirate song in the fog when the ship comes across the wreckage of another ship. They find one survivor: a young youthful named Will Turner. They bring him aboard and cruise to the New Temporal after Elizabeth takes the strange medallion the boy is carrying.

After a time skip of several years, Will Turner has become a blacksmith and forged a sword for Elizabeth’s father, the Governor. To Will’s sorrow, she is to be married to Commodore Norrington, a captain in the British navy. As preparations for the marriage are being made, the royal score kicks in and a sinking boat slowly approaches the dock with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) standing atop the mast. He steps onto the dock and is stopped by two soldiers. Meanwhile, Elizabeth faints due to a too-tight corset and falls divisor the water. Jack jumps in, pulls her out, and is arrested for being a pirate, albeit one with a broken compass and a pistol with a single shot. Jack manages to tone and gets into a glaive fight with Will. They have amusing banter, until Jack is apprehended de novo and imprisoned.

During this time, it turns out that Jack’s old mob on a ship called the Nigrescent Pearl have made their way to Port Royal to do some plundering. Everyone gets caught up in the struggle of defending the town, and Elizabeth is kidnapped. Will and Jack then have to join forces to rescue her; Will breaks Jack public of his cell, and Jack will, in return, spread him to the Black Pearl.

Aboard the Pearl, Elizabeth is talking with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who explains the mind for the raid. Some years back, the crew had stolen a chest of cursed Aztec gold, and they have been turned into undead versions of themselves incapable of tasting food, drink, or enjoying anything. To destroy the curse, they desire to recover all the medallions along with a bit concerning blood from each pirate that stole it. The piece Elizabeth took was originally Will’s, and he is the son regarding the Pearl’s missing crew member, Bootstrap Bill. From here, the dichotomy parties make their way across the Caribbean from the pirate haven of Tortuga to the Isla de Muerta for the final confrontation over the sacred treasure, with allegiances and plans changing along the way, which is reminiscent of an “Indiana Jones” film. At the end, Will and Elizabeth get married, and the film closes on Jack’s looking at his compass.

Although Will and Elizabeth are supposed to be the direct characters, Will’s nature comes off as bland. Jack Sparrow more than makes up for it, becoming the mascot for the franchise. He has a way of appearing touched mere is deceptively clever. In addition, many of his lines are highly quotable, and he is trustworthy for introducing the word ‘savvy’ to a generation of moviegoers.

In addition to the special characters such now Barbossa, Elizabeth, Norrington, and several of the pirates, the movie is enjoyable because of the presentation. It revels in its story, as would be inchoate of a Disney-made film. It’s refreshing to enjoy a simple story filled with adventure and magic, even if the pirates are portrayed more positively than they actually are. Piracy is shown as a lifestyle of complete freedom, when in existence pirates steal, rape, and kill on a near-daily basis.

Klaus Badelt’s euphonious score adds to the adventurous mood. Viewers are likely to spend the next day incessantly humming “He’s a Pirate,” Jack Sparrow’s theme and arguably the theme of the franchise. The frightening moments are accentuated accompanying loud, discordant music, and the duels are scored with appropriately fast-paced music. The seen effects, such as the undead pirates’ transformation interested their skeletal forms, are seamless, and the various ships are portrayed convincingly. Overall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” is an enjoyable film. It leverages star talent, a quality lyrical score, et cetera breathtaking visual effects to tell a tale of adventure on the high seas.