Jared Jacoby’s review published on Letterboxd:
“When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I'm Captain Jack Sparrow.”
I did not give this film enough credit in my first review. This is my third time watching this film. The first I believe was right before The Lone Ranger came out and I watched it to kind of prepare for that film. The second time, I just wanted a cool action movie to watch because I was bored. This time, I wanted to watch this and the next two films. I have had a desire to watch these movies for the last few days. It took me about three watches, but I think I now love this film.
The website TV Tropes described Bugs Bunny as a walking fountain of awesome. That is the best way to describe Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Every minute of its 143 minute runtime, there is something to love. Things that I did not care for that much the first time around, I appreciate much more now.
The best example is Will and Elizabeth. They are great characters that get really good development. Elizabeth in particular goes from being a damsel in distress to being one of the coolest characters in the movie. She has a great arc throughout the film. Will goes through a lot in this film as well, but I feel that Elizabeth was the most prominent character in the film. That is, the most prominent character aside from Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack Sparrow is a very unpredictable character who performs many insane shenanigans that no other character can pull off. Every single minute in he is on the screen, there is something awesome that he does. Johnny Depp’s performance is legendary and I can see why this is one of the few times that an actor has been nominated for his performance in a blockbuster film.
The villains are awesome and the twist that they turn into live skeletons during night is one of the most chilling parts of the film. At first, I thought that they were pretty one-dimensional villains, but there was a lot more to them than I initially thought. Johnny Depp’s chemistry and banter with Orlando Bloom is on point.
Speaking of the banter, this movie has gut-busting humor. There are so many one-liners made me laugh so hard, banter that makes me giggle and physical comedy that makes me cackle. This film is hilarious. The story is a lot more interesting than I remember and the script is much tighter.
The stuff that I liked the first time, I like even more. The action in the film is absolutely spectacular. They are so beautifully shot and they are inventive. Every set piece is filled with amazing moments. The fight with Barbossa and Jack Sparrow when the Pirates of the Caribbean theme is playing is the most adrenaline-pumping sequence ever. There is no chance that you can watch that scene and not feel excited. The visuals look outstanding and they hold up beautifully to this day. The skeletons look surprisingly real and sets and costumes are perfect. The cinematography is gorgeous with many sweeping shots and plenty of great camera-work for the action scenes.
The musical score by Hans Zimmer is masterful. The main theme to Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite themes to any film. There is plenty of other great music throughout the film as well. The tone is the perfect kind of lighthearted and fun adventure you can have. The filmmakers never got bored working on this film and it shows. This movie is just a perfect package for a blockbuster.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a terrific blockbuster film that was way better than I initially gave it credit for. It is nearly 2 and a half hours long and it does not feel that long at all. It is still a tiny bit bloated and confusing in parts, but it is still a great movie that anyone who likes fun can enjoy. This is one adventure you do not want to miss.