Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

Say what you will about the sequels that followed, the original Pirates is an excellent summer movie. Full of swordplay, comedy, the occasional foray into the occult, and a great performance by Johnny Depp, the movie is pure popcorn bliss. The story follows the far less interesting Will Turner (Orlando Bloom, who for some reason beyond me continues to get roles) on a quest to save his equally boring lady love (Keira Knightley). Sounds like the makings of a pretty stifling period picture (as that seems to be all the two can make) until you add Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) an eccentric adventurer, and the nefarious Captain Barbossa (a delightful Geoffrey Rush) to the mix, making for one of the most thrilling, hilarious, and entertaining popcorn movies of the last decade.

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