Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

600full-pirates-of-the-caribbean_-the-curse-of-the-black-pearl-poster Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott/Terry Rossio/Stuart Beattie/Jay Wolpert
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Starring: Johnny Depp/Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightley/Geoffrey Rush
Year: 2003
Country: UK/US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 143 minutes

To celebrate the release of the third sequel to the swash-buckling adventure series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Inner Sanctum will be reviewing the first three movies what have made this movie series one of the most successful movie franchises of today, starting with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The one thing that has put some people off this movie is the fact that this movie is actually based on a theme park ride in Disneyland but for all of those worriers, worry not, as this is actually a great adventure movie. While it’s true that the story does feel like it’s dragging sometimes, it still manages to keep that adventurous feel to it with added humour and a creepy feel to the pirate ghost story. Admittedly, the story does have its flaws but they can be excused since the story is easy to enjoy and fun to watch. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl boasts a good cast of actors who had given out decent and less memorable performances. However, there were two actors who easily managed to shine throughout the movie and those two were Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. Johnny Depp manages to give out a zany, comedic and, somehow, dramatic performance as Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush was scary as Captain Barbossa, Jack Sparrow’s rival.

The script for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is good with a few scenes where it intrigued you and the direction for a pirate movie is nearly faultless. The problem with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is not with it’s script or the direction but with the characters. Captain Jack Sparrow is a fantastic character that’s full of life and personality, Captain Barbossa makes a brilliant villain with quite a strong personality, actually making you feel quite sorry for him and his crew a couple of times in the movie. However, the problems are two of the three main characters in the movie: Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner, as both of them have a simple personality that isn’t relatable in any way and, although Will Turner does have a back story to his childhood, you couldn’t really care about it as much as you wanted to. Elizabeth Swann, however, seems to have hardly any personality through the entire movie except for the fact that she’s fascinated with pirates, in love with Will Turner and is the Governor’s daughter. Fortunately, the movie is very entertaining and a lot of fun for you to notice. Overall, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a great adventure movie that those of all ages will enjoy.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is definitely one of the better pirate movies and one of the better Disney movie series in a way that, even though this is Disney and they are well known for catering to adults as well as children, the pirate ghost story that is the main focus in this movie is more for a mature audience from young teenagers onwards. Younger ones may enjoy this movie but there are some scenes in the movie that could be a little too scary for them. The special effects in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl are brilliant and nicely used and the action scenes are also done well. Overall, this is one of the best adventure movies and is certainly one of the best pirate movies. From the creepy beginning all the way to the end, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl simply does the job it was supposed to do and takes you on an adventurous journey you’d never want to end.

8/10

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