Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ★★★½

Watched for Film Club

I looked forward to revisiting this movie when it was announced as this week's pick for Film Club because I haven't seen it in the last 15 years. I remember seeing this movie in theaters when it came out back in 2003 when I was 12 and loved it. After rewatching this movie as an adult, it's not a bad movie. This movie is not the "be all end all" like most people make it out to be, but the movie is still a fun popcorn flick.

The movie has great production values that still hold up after 17 years later except for the CGI. The CGI in this movie has aged terribly and it looks so bad when it is on screen. This movie still has fun action sequences and a fun cast of memorable characters. Even some of the humor still holds up pretty well. The story is not bad even though there are some plot holes in this movie that do bother me a bit.

The worst thing about this movie, in my opinion, is the long runtime because the movie is 2 and a half hours long when the story for this movie could have been easily worked for a 1 hour and 50-minute movie or at least 2 hours at the max. I feel like the movie starts to get repetitive and a bit boring between the first visit to the coin chest and the last visit to the coin chest.

Overall, the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie is not a bad movie and it holds up surprisingly well. If you never saw it before, it is worth checking out. I recommend skipping the sequels because none of them are very good in my opinion Rating: 7/10

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