Jack Paterson’s review published on Letterboxd:
When I went on the Pirates of the Carribean ride as a kid, I cried pure and simple. I don't remember why. Maybe the animatronics were just too weird. Anywho that's probably why my parents were hesitant to let me watch this movie. I've seen it so many times by now I could probably quote it verbatim. It's obviously a classic at this point and it's easy to see why. It's exciting, funny, scary, spellbinding, and all around entertaining. It made pirate movies not only cool again but probably cooler than they ever were. And yet there's been no influx of other high seas adventures because Disney has established it monopolizes that genre as well. The best part of this film is so fucking obvious 14 years later that you already know where I'm going with this. Yes Johnny Depp is the best part of the movie. No shit. Jack Sparrow stands alongside Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Frodo, Superman, Batman, and more as one of the great protagonists of cinema. Secondary marks go to Geoffrey Rush's equally entertaining Barbosa who is probably just as memorable, quotable, and famous as Jack Sparrow. And everyone else is young and pretty or old and ugly and just fine. That's all I'll say on that. The film has a fantastic pace, a tremendous score, and spectacle that could've trumped the year had Return of the King not also come out. It may be downhill from here, but what a peak.