Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

I absolutely LOVE this film and for a movie that came out in 2003, boy does it hold up. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a fun, well paced, exhilarating, swashbuckling adventure flick, the likes of which we don’t get too much of anymore. Gore Verbinski’s sprawling pirate epic is an explosive blend of plundering and mayhem weaving together the realism of the time period and sailor folklore. The locals are breathtaking, the set pieces are elaborate, and the sword fights are as cutthroat and expertly choreographed as one would hope. 

Seeing Johnny Depp’s original interpretation of Jack Sparrow, it’s easy to understand how the famed character actor earned himself a Best Actor Nomination. At the time, Depp was nowhere to be found in the role, completely submerging himself and forging one of the most iconic characters in pop culture. He’s a colorful, eccentric, smooth-talking swindler whose cunning and sharp instincts always keep him two steps ahead - a trait COMPLETELY lost in later installments. Depp excels in this outing because he isn’t the main focus, he slides into the supporting role perfectly acting as a perfect companion to bolster the more straightforward Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan. However, it’s not just Depp that chews up the scenery, Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa is a deliciously hammy scalawag you can’t get enough of.

Hans Zimmer crafts one of the century’s most iconic, exciting and electric scores emulating the intensity of a rock concert and allowing for his unforgettable themes to set sail in full force.

Black Pearl is an endlessly rewatchable old fashioned adventure film with lovable iconic characters and exuberant action that’ll have you digging for buried treasure yourself.