Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

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Film #14
Task #10: A film featuring your career or hobby! --> This one might be a bit of a stretch, but we really wanted to watch it the other night, and I had to try and find a way to fit it on the list... I figured I could make it fit because: 1. I do really enjoy being out on boats and would love to further develop a sailing hobby if I were closer to large bodies of water. 2. Other than watching movies, I've been playing a lot of OSRS where I enjoy my hobby of smithing. 3. If it were an acceptable career, I'd love to gallivant across the sea and search for hidden treasures.
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Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" begins with the capture of Elizabeth Swann ( Keira Knightley) by a strange group of violent pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) vows to do anything it takes to save the woman he loves, even if that means pairing with the unsavory Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Turner and Sparrow cunningly steal a ship and gather a crew in order to follow the Black Pearl and to save Elizabeth. However, they encounter plenty of hiccups, betrayals, and plot twists throughout this difficult journey.

The acting in this film is phenomenal. Depp embodies Captain Jack Sparrow so well that, in the years following these films, society apparently has become convinced that Johnny Depp is Jack Sparrow, often hiring him to portray a similar character with a goofy demeanor. Bloom plays the White Knight well, and is clearly determined to give up everything in order to save Ms. Swann. Knightley also delivers an excellent performance, easily stepping into the role of a proper woman, who is incredibly intrigued by pirates and who also questions some of the social norms and expectations of women. Finally, Rush is amazing as Barbossa, embodying the most iconic Hollywood pirate depicted in film.

Finally, the visuals and the score help to takes this film to the next level. The large boats, incredible cannon fight scenes, and creepy cursed pirates all merge together to become a visual masterpiece for viewers. More importantly, the score is one of the most iconic movie scores of all time. The second the music starts, the audience not only knows that a Pirates film is about the start, but also become drawn to the screen and excited to watch the film and continue with the series.

Overall, this is an amazing film that, even after several viewings, manages to uphold the same excitement and interest level as the very first viewing. Verbinski created a fun and goofy film that perfectly delivers the pirate story people expect to hear when they think of a group of pirates. This film definitely warrants a thumps-up and is highly recommended to all viewers.