Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Rating: A

As the first of soon-to-be five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Curse of the Black Pearl is probably the most timeless movie. It premiered in 2003 when I was just 11 and I can easily watch this movie over and over again.

The Curse of the Black Pearl is about a governor’s daughter kidnapped by the feared pirates of the Black Pearl. Captain Barbossa (Rush) is looking for a gold coin to free he and his men from a terrible curse that has taken away their sense of touch and taste. A blacksmith who has been infatuated with the daughter since she found him among a shipwreck seeks the help of a wayward pirate to save her.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) has grown in popularity throughout the years, carrying the fourth Pirates movie on his own. The Curse of the Black Pearl has gotten the formula right for picking up audiences of all ages: it’s got humor, romance, action, and drama. The personalities of the young blacksmith and governor’s daughter grow throughout the movie as they learn a new way of life. By the end they fit in more with the pirates than they do in normal society! Plus their new friend, Captain Jack, will keep them in the loop of adventuring as they go out hunting more treasure.

This movie gets better the older you are because you pick up on the crude humor Disney puts in for those adults watching. Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t just for kids. It’s a movie about pirates that can entertain without being too serious about the things pirates usually do (pillage and plunder).

Pirate movies haven’t been too popular. Try to google “pirate” and the first thing that pops up are the Pittsburgh Pirates. Where are my swashbuckling pirates at? There have shamefully been a handful of pirate movies made in the early 2000s but most are now over 30-years-old. The Curse of the Black Pearl is most likely the first movie that comes to mind to those from the Generation Y-Z.

As long as Disney keeps bringing in money for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, it seems we can get used to seeing more sequels. The others still have that fun vibe to them and Johnny Depp’s character is entertaining enough for more movies.


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