Sam Morrison’s review published on Letterboxd:
The best pirate movie there was and probably ever will be. Curse of the Black Pearl is dark and sinister enough for adults, while adding all the whimsical folklore of classic pirate tales for kids to love.
When I was a child and this first came out, the skeleton transformations terrified me. As I got older, it served to fascinate me. The quick transitions in the light near the end, with every few seconds being skeleton, flesh, skeleton, back and forth was such a cool effect.
Though I may not be the biggest Johnny Depp fan (heresy, I know) his commitment to Jack Sparrow and his unique little quirks make the character so memorable, even if he's never really aligned as good or bad. Everyone cast here does a marvelous job with their respective characters, not once did someone feel out of place. They're part of what makes this experience incredible.
And enough cannot be said about the costume and set design. Painstakingly rendered to reality, it's clear at first glance the love that was poured into these artistic pieces. These are what help this movie age so well.
I know many people love this film, and enough time has passed by now to call it a classic. Yet another tremendous success from Disney, how do they do it?