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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

A 2003 movie, based on the the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks.

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  • Nov 25, 2003
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the ride at Disneyland on numerous occasions, I expected to have a great time seeing this movie and was not disappointed...except by its length which is about 15-20 minutes too long. Otherwise, great entertainment. Faithful to the pirate tradition, Depp almost immediately steals this film and clutches it to his heart until the final scene. Credit Rush with a formidable challenge to Depp's idiosyncratic performance. Having already stolen Jack Sparrow's ship (what else? The Black Pearl), his Captain Barbossa almost steals center stage as well. Almost. Director Gore Verbinski generally keeps the plot moving along. The special effects are outstanding. All members of the cast seem to be in perfect alignment with the whimsical tone. Credit Jonathan Pryce (Governor Swann) with keeping a straight face throughout all the nonsense. As with the Monty Python and Naked Gun films, it is imperative for everyone involved to sustain, indeed nourish a sense of gravitas. Of course the plot is highly contrived and relentlessly implausible. Of course there is a happy ending. Relax, suspend all presumption of rationality, and enjoy. We need much more such carefully crafted nonsense and should be grateful whenever we encounter it.

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Loosely inspired by the time-honored Disney theme-park ride, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL is a swashbuckling high-seas tale directed by Gore Verbinski. When Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), an eccentric rogue, arrives at Port Royal, he barely avoids going down with his ship. Soon enough, he's in the market for a new one, but not before he saves the life of Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the beautiful daughter of the governor (Jonathan Pryce). This act of bravery sets into motion a sweeping adventure involving Elizabeth's childhood friend, blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom); a mysterious medallion; and a legendary pirate ship, the Black Pearl. The Pearl's mottled Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) wants Elizabeth's doubloon necklace, and when she's kidnapped by the ol' salty dog and his crew, Sparrow and young Will must rescue her and find out the truth behind the ship's curse.

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Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: July 9, 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
Runtime: 143 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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