Brent Vanhomwegen’s review published on Letterboxd:
A movie about pirates. Starring Johnny Depp in the leading role. It's based on a theme park attraction and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. With the director of the horror hit The Ring at the helm. People in 2003 must have thought that was going to be a gigantic flop and something ridiculous. Even some of the actors were ashamed of what they were doing.
But everything was proven wrong when this became a highly succesful franchise and a boxoffice hit for Disney. Disney made some other movies that where based on some of their rides. Like: Mission To Mars, The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bears and The Tower Of Terror (which was a movie made for TV). All of these movies have something in common. They where all panned by critics and weren't much of a succes. Most audiences hated those movies. So this one was a big surprise for both critics and audiences.
And what's not to like about this movie? A swashbuckling adventure with awesome set pieces and a really clever story idea. It also blew new life into the adventure genre and gave it a different twist. Pirates became populair again and this movie spanned a series of movies that got worse with each entry. I do like the original trilogy though. But from the 4th to the 5th it's just selling the idea of Jack Sparrow.
The most recent movie, Dead Man Tell No Tales, was shamefully bad. It went againt all the things that were set up by Gore Verbinski, who directed the shit out of this movie, and the writers. Every choice they made in that movie was wrong. In this movie Jack is drunk and awesome. In the latest one, he's just drunk and stupid. But I ranted about that movie in my review of that one.
I will always love this movie. It's awesome, it's great and pure fun. It deserves to be remembered as one of the best adventure movies ever made...