Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #292 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

In Uncategorized on August 25, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Movie #292 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

(2003, US, d. Gore Verbinski)

Once in awhile there comes a major action film that is so unique (but at the same time, just a recycling of films from the past) and so perfectly timed in its release, you can’t help but know deep down this is about to be a huge franchise. It also helps you have Johnny Depp playing one of the most memorable protagonists in film history, the wonderful face of Keira Knightley, and the talent of Geoffrey Rush. Oh, Orlando Bloom is in it, too? He’s alright, I guess. Pirates is a film infused with so much originality and so much fun, it’s a shame that one could have walked out of that movie theater without a smile on their face. Treasure hunt films and heist films are always the most audience-friendly. Combine that with a pirate film and you’re pretty much golden. Though not without its scriptwriting flaws (mostly ones that include gaping plausibility holes and narrative leaks – that also happen to get bigger and bigger as the sequels pop out), Pirates is a film catapulted into success by the sheer scale of its production. With a huge budget for special effects, art design, costume and makeup design, extras, and sets, Pirates of the Caribbean is Hollywood’s proof that a bunch of money can still be sunk at once into creativity. Things don’t get much better than the incredible introduction to Captain Jack Sparrow, or the wonderful fight in the cave at the climax of the film, or even the subplot between Knightley and Bloom. It’s a film bursting with originality and fun, and it’s pretty freaking awesome.

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