Reece’s review published on Letterboxd:
I hated the Pirates franchise when I was younger.
Keep it in mind that this was when I was younger and had questionable taste in films... I mean. I thought Catwoman was a masterpiece so there you go.
It's been a good 5 years, and maybe even more, since I saw this movie and my taste in film has changed significantly.
I've been playing catch up with a lot of films that I had not seen before, and those flicks that I left behind in my childhood.
Most films that I adored in my younger years have been far weaker than I originally remember, but Curse Of The Black Pearl had the opposite effect.
Now that I actually have somewhat good tastes, I can say that this is a fantastic movie and one of the greatest adventure flicks of the 21st century.
Johnny Depp is legendary as Jack Sparrow with his mannerisms and antics a pleasure to witness. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are fantastic as Will and Elizabeth, creating believable chemistry as well as iconic characters in the process, combining great comedic timing with fantastic dramatic range.
Geoffrey Rush is terrifying as Barbossa, with Rush's voice alone solidifying the villian as one of the greatest in cinematic history.
The direction here is masterful and some of the best I've ever seen. Every shot feels necessary and thought out in every single way possible.
The pacing here is masterful. For a 2 and a half hour film, the flick never drags and moves from one great set piece to the next, giving us just enough brilliant world building in between the action to keep us engaged in where the characters will end up next.
The visual effects here are truly impressive, especially considering they are from 2003. The skeletons still look life-like by today's standards.
The set design is brilliant, with caves and ship interiors all being beautifully decorated to add to the effect of the scene they appear in.
I don't understand how or why I hated this film.
It's perfectly paced, acted and directed with no major issues whatsoever.
The film is the rare adventure flick that doesn't give us too little or too much, and leaves us wanting more of the characters and the world.
If I had to be negative about something, it would probably be that I would have loved to have seen even more of Northington, played brilliantly by Jack Davenport, as he was such a fantastic character.
Something truly remarkable.
🔜The Godfather (I'm finally watching it)