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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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Have you ever played "Monkey Island?"

  • Jul 18, 2006
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This film is a pirate movie in true Monkey Island style. In case you've never played that game it means lot of fun, crazy pirates, a beautiful lady and a bunch of zombie like pirates. I must congratulate the people who did this film. To make a movie based on a theme park ride is pretty risky. And the fact that it is positively excellent amazes me, and credit is due to the filmmakers. I'm impressed.

This film is a thrill ride, an action adventure of the classic formula; a dumb plot, good actors, good action, good laughs and just good fun. It's the closest thing to ROTLA I've ever seen. Gags, laughs, cheers, action, great-acting, swordplay, gun-play, adventurous score, even some mystery/twists and great pace: all here. All good.

The score for the film is perfect. It's adventurous and definitely has a Caribbean sound to it. It always works. It helps get your pulse pounding. It's eerie at times as well. The visuals are as well stunning. The underwater shots look awesome and the Caribbean is great in landscape and detail. The effects of the undead look simply great.

The actors have all been perfectly cast. Orlando Bloom is believably innocent; just the blacksmith, the unexpected hero. Kiera Knightley is not so much the damsel-in-distress, but can take care of herself. Geofory Rush is a terrific villain. He gets the part nailed down perfect. He delivers every line without cheesy flare, and with believability. He's excellent. But Johnny Depp absolutely steals the entire picture. He's extremely entertaining and funny, but also a very clever man, who knows what he's doing. His actions all match his character, and he's always great to watch.

The story may be cheesy, but it's greatly presented in terms of pace and excitement. It even has some mystery to it, and suspense that comes well together. Filled with high-sea action including ship battles, and fancy swashbuckling goodness. Supported by its excellent cast, it's a great fun film ride.

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Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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This movie changed my mind about pirate action movies.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
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this movie is amazing! i loved everything about it. the costumes, the casting, the filming setting it was all great! it makes you really believe that its all real. and the fact that the entire concept is based off of a ride is even cooler.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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this whole series is fantastic i love the first one especially
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
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Johnny Depp makes this movie set apart from any other pirate action movie.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
this movie has a wonderful ending. i think that the charater of jack was played wonderfuly
review by . July 06, 2010
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I was skeptical when I first heard that Disney was making a movie based on the Pirates of Caribbean ride in Disney. However, this series has exceeded all expectations. It's a funny, swashbuckling adventure. The plot is basically an excuse to give the pirates as much screentime as possible, but it works well enough and has enough suspense to keep viewers entertained. Johnny Depp really carries the movies as Captain Jack Sparrow, the witty, amoral pirate captain. Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightly are …
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2010
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Hands down one of the best movies of the 21st century. Johnny Depp is unbelievable. The sequels, however....not so much.
Quick Tip by . December 30, 2009
Surprisingly, a very enjoyable film, mainly due to wonderful performances by Johnny Depp & Geoffrey Rush. Keira Knightley's not bad either!
review by . July 08, 2009
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In 2003 when Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl first came out, it was hard not to be a little skeptical.  In the first place, it was based off of a themepark ride.  "Is Disney really drawing ideas from a theme park ride?" I wondered.  When I first heard this, my thought was that it must've been a joke.  I told friends and family alike that this couldn't be a good idea for a movie.  It's somewhat cheesy title didn't help much …
Quick Tip by . November 01, 2009
More of a Johnny Depp showcase than anything. The first film is better.
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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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