Jarrel Montes’s review published on Letterboxd:
The worst pirate you've ever heard of.
I still remember it like yesterday, this movie was one of my first theater experiences in Canada, really fitting for my status as person fresh off the boat lol. I'm not sure if there's a source material for this story, but everything about it invites curiosity, the world building aspect started out strong which continues to grow with every passing movie. The set design is so detailed, everything from the city streets all the way to the small decorations in each building, they spared no expense in making sure sh*t looked authentic. The costumes and make up are top notch, pirates looked hella dirty while the royals dressed according to their luxury. The music is also hella dope, distinguishable score that really elevates the adventure to another level. The story is a bit intricate, especially with how the curse worked and the characters' intertwining relations, but it gets explained well enough for a young me to understand.
The performances are memorable, Jack Sparrow has become a household name and continues to be one of Depp's most popular roles. I'm excited to rewatch the rest of the movies but I know the enjoyment will vary, and the story goes a bit sideways so I'm not expecting much. I do know one thing, the second one still bangs lol.
Overall this was such a good rewatch, it's too much fun to bash and it can make anyone wish they were a pirate.