Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

Who decided this should be 2 and a half hours? There’s waaaay too much going on. Trim some of the side characters and maybe take out a sword fight and make it just over 2 hours and it’d be among the very best adventure films, as it is it’s just enjoyable. 

Johnny Depp immediately owns Captain Jack Sparrow, crafting a creation that’s become a pop culture staple and (for better or worse) will define Depp’s career. His entrance here is fantastic and he gets some of the best lines. 

Geoffrey Rush is a great villain too. Hamming it up just enough while still taking the material seriously. 

I enjoyed rewatching this.