Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Dir: Gore Verbinski
Star: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley
Cert / Year: 12A - PG13 / 2003
Format: DVD R2

You may have seen the film of the book, or maybe the film of the comic. You may even have possibly seen the film of the computer game, well here is the film of the theme park ride!

As a girl the boat on which Elizabeth Swan is traveling encounters the remains of a ship that has been attacked by pirates. While tending a young boy who was the only survivor of the attack she steals the pirate medallion he is wearing. Now a woman she still has romantic dreams of pirates, that is until Captain Barbossa and his ghostly pirate ship the Black Pearl attacks the port and kidnaps her in search the medallion. With her father Governor Swam and the Royal Navy unlikely to help it falls to Will Turner a young blacksmith who has fallen for Elizabeth, and the revenge seeking slightly mad ex-Captain of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow to rescue her. Send a pirate to catch a pirate.

Ah ha me hearties, shiver me timbers, pieces of eight, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. We be in pirate country here and thatís no mistake. Is this necessarily a good thing given that the category of good pirate movies is about the same size as the category of short Kevin Costner films. What's even more worrying is the fact that this film is based on a Walt Disney theme park ride. Well worry no more because Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is an absolutely cracking film.

Why is it so good? Well its every thing a pirate movie should be and more. We have sailing ships, navel battles, lost gold, scurvy sea dogs, boarding parties, sword fights, cannons, and everything else bar a parrot (in this movie it seems that monkeys are this years parrots). Swashes are well and truly buckled as one action scene leads to another even more spectacular one with a pace that rarely lets up. This is mainly down to a slick script and some great direction as Gore Verbinski which ensures that not only is the film packed with nautical action but that it looks beautiful too.

A fine selection of acting talent has been collected for the film, with Johnny Depp being scene stealingly good. His manic, comic, mad, and sort of heroic yet untrustworthy performance as Jack Sparrow is nothing short of superb. It would require some special talent to provide a bad guy that could compete with Depp and Geoffrey Rush is more than capable of it. It is a fine central paring that really helps lift the movie to another level. In addition to established talent we have the emerging talents of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley both of which provide sterling performances that ensures they are amongst the new talent to watch in the future.

This isn't just a good pirate movie and one of the best films of the year, but it is possibly the best pirate movie ever made. It is well written, well shot, action packed, and yet it still possesses a finely crafted line in humor. More than that It is a showcase for some fine acting talent, which makes it a must see film. Ok so it is a little on the long side and maybe it could have afforded to lose twenty minutes of running time, but it manages to not outstay its welcome. It is good to see a film that isn't a remake or a sequel and its even better when it is such an entertaining roller coaster ride (geddit) of a film. Arrrh this be real booty ye landlubber.


Prepare to be blown out of the water.


Barbossa: You best start believing in ghost stories Miss Turner. You're in one!

Norrington: You are without a doubt the worst pirate I've ever heard of.
Jack Sparrow: But you HAVE heard of me.

Jacoby: I'm gonna teach you the meaning of pain!
Elizabeth: You like pain? Try wearing a corset.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic You know it going to be great.
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital DTS Great sound loads of cannons.
Features Main Feature
Commentary by Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp
Commentary by Keira Knightly and Jack Davenport
Commentary by writers
Features 19 Deleted \ aternative scenes
5 making of featurettes
Producer's photo diary
Blooper reel
'Moonlight Serenade' scene progression
Easter Eggs
DVD ROM features
Verdict Great discs for a great film. No compliants at all.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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