Jacob Martin (formally known as The Movie King)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #79 of my 100 Day Disney Marathon (Day 78)
Is anyone still entertained by this?
I know I do.
I know that Johnny Depp has a bad rep nowadays with some of his personal drama and was typecast into loony, crappier roles because of his time here, but you can't deny how ridiculously fun this is. What's more impressive is that Disney pulled this off tremendously well considering this is based off their iconic theme park ride.
Anyway, what helps make Pirates of the Caribbean great includes the fantastic, slick direction from Gore Verbinksi, who balances the tone between weird and ridiculous, which adds to the charm even further, a frantic pace that breezes its 2.5 hour runtime with ease, Johnny Depp clearly losing his mind, letting loose, and having a ball playin the most unpredictable pirate EVAH Jack Sparrow, solid chemistry and banter between Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly, Geoffery Rush hamming it up delightfully as Captain Barbossa, energetic swashbuckling action, top-notch visual work (including CGI skeletons that hold up remarkably well considering this came out back in 2003) and a bombastic yet awesome Hans Zimmer score.
Sure you'll have to suspense disbelief in certain moments, but when you're Hollywood blockbuster cares this much in action and characters, that's all that matters.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a swashbuckling blast from start to finish, one that's so spectacular that not even its sequels can top it. But I'll get to those much, much later, after the Disney Marathon, but just before the new installment comes out.
NEXT UP...... National Treasure, a Disney film starring the one and only Nicholas Cage.