Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

First viewing in six years, second viewing altogether. Delighted this is far better than I had initially thought. For a film inspired by a Disney theme park ride, this is so much better than it has any right to be. Great performances, exceptional craftsmanship that is leagues ahead of the majority of modern tentpoles these days, fun characters, exciting and formally impressive set-pieces, and adventurous in ways that most modern tentpoles yearn to be.

Gore Verbinski is a filmmaker like no other. Very much excited to watch the next two in his trilogy.

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