Favourites Friday – The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!

The original and definitely the best, The Curse of the Black Pearl is a wonderful movie, packed full of action and adventure.

As we all know, The Curse of the Black Pearl was based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Though not action-packed, Disneyland Paris’ Pirates ride has to be one of my favourites. I love the music, the darkness, the warmth and the odd-looking characters. Since The Curse of the Black Pearl was released, I’ve enjoyed it even more because I always think of the movie.

Pre-2003, when someone said ‘pirate’ I used to think of scary looking, unkempt, slightly stocky men. Post-2003, it’s all about The Curse of the Black Pearl… and Captain Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Sparrow is undoubtedly one of the best movie characters created. In fact, he is No 8 on Empire’s ‘100 Greatest Movie Characters‘.

The Curse of the Blake Pearl made pirates sexy.

The story is pure entertainment: charismatic Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) is enlisted by lovestruck Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) after the object of his affection, the beautiful Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), is captured by Jack’s former crew.

Depp is fantastic as Jack. The story goes that Depp based his portrayal on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. His performance is OTT, cheeky and comical. In a nutshell, the perfect Disney pirate.

Bloom fits the bill well as Will Turner. As time passes, Turner’s personality develops, from mild mannered blacksmith to a heroic swordsman. A model citizen to begin with, he soon realises that the only way to get his love back from pirates is to use one of their own.

Knightley is gorgeous as Elizabeth and takes on what was to be the first in a long line of period costumes. A spirited and intelligent young woman, Elizabeth and her abductor, Hector Barbossa, have a fantastic bit of dialogue which includes the wonderful “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request” line.

The Curse of the Black Pearl was a highly enjoyable summer blockbuster and its worldwide gross is an impressive $654,264,015 (£406,274,227). I’m really not surprised that the figure is so high because it does what every good adventure film should do: the actors are having fun and you, as the audience, are too.

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