Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl must've shocked audiences when it was first released. An outrageously entertaining blockbuster with a setting no others truly touch, it stands out thanks to the tight script and memorable characters. Verbinski stages every action scene with clever jokes and fantastically creative choreography. The iconic score gives it a timeless feel that will make it stand up with the best blockbusters ever. Only a somewhat overlong climax and a waste of Zoe Saldana prevent the film from being perfect. However, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl deserves only praise for the sheer entertainment value it brings, as the greatly enjoyable introduction to the defining original franchise* of the 2000s.

*Yes, I'm aware it's based off a ride, but the adaptation elements are barely present. Besides, that really doesn't count compared to superheroes or book series.

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