Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★★½

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"This is either madness... or brilliance."

"It's remarkable how often those two traits coincide."

The swashbuckling infusion of romanticism and fantasy adventure. Verbinski's impeccable directorial craft (outside of the pulsing fabrication of its narrative structuring, accomplished VFX, designs, choreography, humor, etc.) takes advantage of a visceral momentum that combines the inventiveness of its many elaborate set-pieces with the genre mechanics of such an idiosyncratic spectacle. More than despairing to see so few of these nowadays (let alone at anywhere near the same quality).

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