Debbie’s review published on Letterboxd:
WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO WATCH THIS FILM?
I had obviously heard wonderful things about the first Pirates of the Caribbean, but I finally got around to watching it... and I am so glad I did. It is simply an epic and awesome adventure film. Johnny Depp is just marvelously cool as Captain Jack Sparrow, and his character brings a whole new comical side to the story - releasing it from the more action-y scenes (which are also pretty awesome too). Geoffrey Rush makes a scaringly good villain, and both Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom fit well in this pirate movie. The score is just full of epicness (the main theme is just fabulous), and continues to drive the surprisingly complex yet easy to understand plot to its deserving end.
Although I haven't heard the best things about the sequels, it will be hard for me to not continue the saga because damnit... The Curse of the Black Pearl was surprisingly entertaining.