Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

Brilliant fun! A film bursting with pure charm, spirit, wit and intensely crafted adventure; a wild ship-ride through joyous seas and terrifying chasms, complete with swashbuckling ship battles and ghastly ghost pirates. And a rare case for a studio blockbuster, the direction (from the fantastic Gore Verbinski) is free and creative, and the script is genuinely well-written, with an exciting plot free of holes and some simply phenomenal character work. As someone who had seen the Pirates movies around when they came out and can barely remember them, I'm both pleasantly surprised at the first's quality and cautiously excited for the sequels.

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