ᴛʜᴇ [ʟᴏɴᴇ] ᴍᴇʀᴄᴜʀᴇᴀɴ’s review published on Letterboxd:
Based on Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, a beloved dark water theme park attraction that opened in 1967, Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is the fantasy swashbuckler that early 2000’s audiences didn’t know that they wanted. From the opening scene it strikes near perfect balance of story and action that it maintains thanks to solid writing, excellent use of special effects, and a well-rounded cast.
It really is quite strange that this film is capable of spanning the massive canyon between a light, fun adventure and its dark, horror-esqe elements. I think that standout performances by Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Jonathan Pryce do a lot to sell viewers on the adventure they are on.
If you’re looking for a fun fact about someone who almost cast for this film, then your gonna be disappointed because it would be easier to list people that weren’t considered. Even Robin Williams could have be Captain Jack Sparrow! The one good thing to come of these wild recommendations and offers is that Robert De Niro missing out on the gravy train here led to his role in Stardust (2007).
The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is a fun watch that I highly recommend, even for those not interested in the entire series. You need to experience the film that awkwardly pigeon-holed Depp into the one character he’s been drunkenly ad-libbing for decades.